There are so many questions that are being asked about a dyslexic test. Testing is a real source of interest or concern to lots of people. It is hardly surprising really when you consider how beneficial a clear diagnosis of dyslexia will be to those that are affected. In response to that, I have decided to write another article in which I provide more answers to everybody’s basic concerns! I really hope that the questions that are answered in this article are the same questions that you have whizzing through your mind.
1. What Happens in a Dyslexia Test?
For the purposes of this answer we will presume that you are taking it in front of a psychologist, although there are alternatives. The test will take anywhere between four and six hours. Ideally you will complete the test in one day- but again, you might have options. There will be lots of breaks within this time. A dyslexic test is actually a series of smaller separate tests that assess a wide range of your abilities.
2. Is there a Free Internet Test?
Put simply, yes there are free tests on the Internet. However, these will not be able to diagnose you but can only highlight dyslexia as a possibility. These tests are very short and so they cannot be taken too seriously.
3. What Support Can My Child with Dyslexia Receive in Exams?
Children, with an official diagnosis of dyslexia (and with an official statement detailing these needs) are entitled to extra support in exams. For some children, this may mean extra time and for other children it might entail having a scribe- an adult who a child dictates to in an exam.
4. I am an adult. I think I am dyslexic- should I get tested?
I think this depends how you are coping with your difficulties. If you have devised ways to lessen their impact and you are managing OK, then perhaps there is no reason to have an official diagnosis. If however, your life is incredibly tough because of these difficulties, then a diagnosis is essential as it will help you emotionally and practically.
5. I am an adult. I have just been diagnosed with dyslexia. Should my employer help me?
In both the USA and the UK employers are duty bound to provide additional support to people with dyslexia. It is an essential part of each country’s disability laws. It helps if you have been honest about your dyslexia from the time that you joined the firm or the time that you were diagnosed with it. Employers need to support employees with dyslexia because otherwise they are breaking the law but also, it is only with additional support that you can carry out your work duties satisfactorily.
6. I have just been diagnosed with borderline dyslexia. What does it mean?
As a result of a dyslexic test, you have been shown to have a very mild form of dyslexia. You might just confuse two letters in your reading or spelling (instead of confusing ten). The good news is that with relatively little extra work on your part, you should be able to overcome the difficulties that you face. The diagnosis has helped you because it has pinpointed your exact difficulties.
7. What happens after a diagnosis of dyslexia?
You are entitled to more support. This is particularly true for children. A diagnosis should provide a fairly detailed list of your specific difficulties. Legally, if there is consensus, these difficulties need to supported. Otherwise you have no chance of fulfilling your potential and that is not in the best interest of the school or the state (if you are a child) or your employer (if you are an adult.)