Screening Tools

Screening for Dyslexia can often be conducted online and some carry a small cost from £20 - £50.

The benefit of using screening tools is that it is something that the individual can do on their own without the need for a professional qualification. A screening report can help the individual to realise their functional strengths and weaknesses helping them better understand their difficulties. The output report can also be useful to show an employer evidence of a difficulty being present and can help inform on the types of adjustment that can be considered to help a person in their role.

Adult Checklist

A checklist for dyslexic adults will not provide enough information for a diagnostic assessment, but it can be very useful in promoting a better self-understanding and a pointer towards future assessment needs.

The Adult Dyslexia Checklist contains questions that are predictive of dyslexia (as measured by prior diagnosis). In order to provide the most informative checklist, scores for each answer indicate the relative importance of that question. Alongside each line you can keep a tally of your score and at the end find a total.

Download the Adult Dyslexia Checklist by following this link.

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Nessy Quest for Children and Young People

Covers age ranges, 5-7, 8-10 & 11-16.  

Nessy's Dyslexia Quest screening tool was first released in 2011 and is based on the tests of educational psychologists, mirroring the output that they would assess to determine the likelihood of dyslexia. The efficacy of our app has been researched by Barry Carbol, Ph.D. and is ongoing, we welcome all feedback. Please note Dyslexia Quest screening results are not a definitive diagnosis of dyslexia but a way to identify possible areas of concern.

Please click on the link to access Nessy Quest

Nessy also provide a free dyslexia test for 5 to 7 year olds called Dyslexia Test.

The above disclaimer is provided by Nessy. Please contact with any related queries. 

Do-IT Profiler - Dyslexia+ Student Profiler and Dyslexia+ Profiler

To coincide with the start of Dyslexia Awareness Week in 2017, the team at Do-IT Solutions launched a NEW *Dyslexia+ Student Profiler on Monday 2nd October 2017.

The profiling package checks out the likelihood of Dyslexia and traits of other related learning difficulties, such as Dyspraxia/DCD, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The pack includes screening tools for study skills along with assessing areas such as spelling and working memory.

As a result of completing Dyslexia+ Student Profiler, the student has a personalised, comprehensive report dependent on the responses that were given with guidance and practical resources delivered in different ways to suit all learning styles.

*Dyslexia+ Student Profiler can be a great practical help at the start of the academic year or can be used if there is concern that more help is required. It can provide the evidence to take the first steps for further assessment if required.

An initial short questionnaire is free. The full screening package is £25 including VAT

Please click to access the Dyslexia+ Student Profiler

If you are not a student, you may want to choose to complete Dyslexia+ Profiler

An initial short questionnaire is free. The full screening package for this is £20 including VAT

Please click to access the Dyslexia+ Profiler

For everyone paying for the Profiler who comes through this website, a donation is made by Do-IT Solutions to the BDA.


QS Dyslexia Tests (QS) - QuickScan (14+) and QuickScreen (17+)

QS Dyslexia Tests (QS) provide two online products for adult dyslexia screening:

- QuickScan Questionnaire (14+) and

- QuickScreen Dyslexia Test  (17+)


The products are ideal for both:


- Individuals - single use payment and detailed report (£10 for QuickScan and £19.50 for QuickScreen)

- Organisations  - for their recruits, staff or students with a management portal, detailed reporting and annual license.


Utilise one or both products depending on your requirements.


QuickScan Questionnaire

  • 10-20 minute yes/no questionnaire
  • Suitable for those aged 14+
  • Report showing indicators of dyslexia, dyspraxia and visual stress, areas where support is required and preferred learning style

QuickScreen Dyslexia Test

  • Six test sections: Verbal Skills, Visual Skills, Vocabulary, Memory, Sequencing and Processing
  • 1 hour to complete (in stages if required)
  • Suitable for those aged 17+
  • Detailed report identifying indicators of dyslexia, test results for a range of skills and recommendations for future action (Don’t forget to show this report to your employer or study support centre at your college/university.)
  • Personal support via our email and telephone helplines. If you have questions on your report we can provide professional dyslexia advice, as well as answer any technical enquiries.
  • We also offer a Dyslexia Test Certificate if required by your employer. Please ask if you wish to have this additional service.


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The QuickScan and QuickScreen online dyslexia screening programmes have been developed by QS Dyslexia Tests (QS) - part of Pico Educational Systems Limited. The Pico team pioneered the first computer-based dyslexia assessment programme for adults called StudyScan. Over a million users have benefited from Pico’s’ dyslexia screening tools - either at home, in education or via their employer.


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