Student Services Academic Support

Screening and Formal Assessment for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and ADHD

You may meet unexpected difficulties at University, or academic staff may point out problems with your work of which you have previously been unaware. Whatever the case, if you think you may be dyslexic, dyspraxic or have ADHD you are welcome to make an appointment with a specialist SpLD tutor to discuss your concerns. You may then decide to go forward for a screening.

Please click on the topic heading or the plus symbol to the right of the heading to find out more about screening and formal assessment for these Specific Learning Differences:

Screening for dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD

This year we are offering information sessions on Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs). These aim to review the presentations of dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and AD/HD. They will consider the difficulties that students can face at university, as well as the underlying strengths that this way of processing information offers.

Students who recognise themselves in this talk, and would like to look into SpLDs more, can then register for an educational psychologist’s assessment or an online screening. This will be followed up, as soon as possible, with an individual meeting with an Academic Support Tutor to discuss the results and what they might mean for the individual. Options re: support are also discussed.

Information sessions will be held at University Park on the following Wednesdays: 7th and 28th February, 14th March and 25th April 2018.

There will also be one held at Sutton Bonington on Wednesday  21st February 2018.

Please note:

In order to book an educational psychologist’s assessment you must first attend an information session.

However, students who wish to undertake an online screening prior to the information sessions or who want to book onto the information sessions should contact or call extension 66115 (0115 846 6115).

To book a place on an information sessions please contact or call extension 66115 (0115 846 6115).


Formal Assessments of Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

If you require formal assessment of your Specific Learning Differences, whether this is your first assessment or an update of an earlier one, you will be referred to an educational psychologist. We call upon the services of two well-qualified chartered psychologists who are used to working with university students.

A formal assessment consists of a number of standardised tests and usually takes about two hours to complete. During the process the educational psychologist will talk through the results with you briefly and later send the full report to us. These reports are confidential and one copy will be given to you for your own personal records. A further copy will be kept on our files throughout your time at the University. You will also have an opportunity to discuss the report with your Academic Support tutor.

Please note that you may have to wait several weeks before a formal assessment.


 Funding for formal assessments

A formal assessment by one of the educational psychologists here costs £290 (from 1st September 2017). However, the University will provide funding for some students. If you think you will be eligible for a means-tested contribution towards the cost of your Educational Psychologist Assessment, please discuss this with your Academic Support tutor, who can help you complete the appropriate forms.

If you are unsure if you will qualify for such funding, talk to Financial Support first. Drop-in sessions are held daily.

If University funding is not available, you can use the on-line store to pay for your Educational Psychologist Assessment.

Please note that you should not purchase an Educational Psychologist’s Assessment without first seeing one of the Academic Support tutors.




Accessibility (Academic Support)

Portland Building
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44(0) 115 84 66115