Frequently Asked Questions
Are these full assessments and what will the assessment involve?
These are full diagnostic assessments, suitable for DSA and the workplace.
Assessors are not able share too much detail about the actual tests themselves, but diagnostic assessments cover the following as standard:
• A discussion to gather background information.
• Visual and verbal problem solving tasks.
• Tests to assess reading accuracy, efficiency, and comprehension.
• Spelling and writing.
• Tests to measure processing speed.
• Activities to assess phonological awareness (the ability to identify and manipulate word sounds).
• Short-term/working memory tests involving remembering sequences.
Does the assessment just cover dyslexia?
No, when information is gathered at the beginning of the assessment, the Assessor will identify whether it is necessary to also cover dyspraxia and/or ADHD. These are assessed for using diagnostic interviews, along with the tests listed above. Please read essential info on ADHD assessments here.
When will I receive the report?
We aim to have the report returned within 1 week of the assessment date. Please advise if you need this sooner and we will do our best to accommodate. We do not send reports until full payment has been received.
Should I choose a remote or face to face assessment?
Remote assessments were introduced to allow people to be assessed safely during the pandemic, but they soon became the preferred way of working for many. People often feel more comfortable being assessed at home and, because there are no travel costs, the price is lower than a traditional face to face assessment. This way of working is also more environmentally friendly.
We do offer some face to face appointments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this.
Do you offer face to face assessments?
We do offer some face to face assessments within the Ryedale, Scarborough and York areas (depending on current Covid restrictions).
Please email email@example.com for more information.
How much does it cost?
A full remote diagnostic assessment for dyslexia, dyspraxia and / or ADHD costs £335. There may be travel costs for face to face assessments.
How long does the assessment take?
It depends on whether you need breaks, how long you take to complete the tasks, and whether extra tests are required, but please allow for 2-3 hours.
Can I record the session?
Test publishers do not allow recordings as the content must be kept secure.
Is a remote assessment as valid as a face to face one?
Absolutely, this method of assessment has been approved by the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee and by the British Dyslexia Association. A remote assessment can be used to apply for DSA and workrelated support in the same way as a face to face assessment.
What will I need on the day?
You will need:
To be in a quiet, private space with a strong internet connection.
A free Zoom or Teams account and access to a monitor, laptop, or tablet screen (a mobile phone screen will be too small).
A pen and paper.
To switch your camera on.
What if I change my mind or need to rearrange?
If you would like to cancel or rearrange, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If the assessment is cancelled or rearranged with 2 weeks’ notice, the payment will be refunded in full. If less than 2 weeks’ notice is given, a £50 cancellation / rebooking charge will apply.
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