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Screening and Formal Assessment for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia

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 dyscalculic you are welcome to make an appointment with a specialist dyslexia tutor to discuss your concerns. You may then decide to go forward for a screening.

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

Screening for dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia

What is the screening for?

The screening is designed to establish whether or not you would be identified as dyslexic, dyspraxic or dyscalculic if you were to go forward for a formal assessment. It also looks at ways in which any difficulties you are experiencing are likely to impact on your study.

Description of the screening process

The screening is fairly informal and explores your previous educational history. We use reading, writing and spelling tasks as the basis for discussion rather than as 'tests'. The screening is confidential and takes approximately 2 hours. We prefer to use two separate sessions.

What happens next?

We will discuss the outcomes of the screening with you and give you an opportunity to decide what should happen next. If the results indicate that you may have a Specific Learning Difficulty, you may then choose to go forward for a formal educational psychologist's assessment. This can be arranged by Academic Support and funding may be available via the Access to Learning Fund. This funding is means-tested and you may have to pay for your assessment.  We are always ready to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of taking this step.

There are not always clear cut off points on whether someone is dyslexic, dyspraxic, dyscalculic or not, so the screening does not always provide a definite answer. If this were to happen, you would be offered sessions to address any study issue and a review of the situation at a later stage.



Formal Assessments of Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and other Specific Learning Difficulties

If you require formal assessment of your Specific Learning Difficulties, 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 £270 (from 1st September 2015). 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.




Academic Support

Student Services Centre
B Floor, Portland Building
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44(0) 115 95 13710
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