Frequently Asked Questions
What will the assessment involve?
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.
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.
Why should I choose a remote 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.
Is Zoom my only option?
A Zoom link is automatically generated upon booking but if you tick the box to request a Teams meeting, a Teams link will be emailed to you afterwards (please allow up to 2 working days).
How much does it cost?
A full diagnostic assessment for dyslexia, dyspraxia and / or ADHD costs £325.
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 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. You will need a free Zoom or Teams account and access to a monitor, laptop, or tablet screen (a mobile phone screen will be too small). You will also need to have a pen and paper handy.
What if I change my mind or need to rearrange?
If you would like to cancel or rearrange, please email email@example.com. 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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