Our mission is to create easy to use online dyslexia tests, go beyond just testing literacy skills and provide the most valuable reports for individuals at home, tutors in further education and employers in the workplace.
QS Dyslexia Tests (part of Pico Educational Systems Limited) provide two solutions for testing dyslexia:
- QuickScan Questionnaire (14+) and
- QuickScreen Dyslexia Test (17+)
As well as indicators of dyslexia, QuickScreen identifies English language difficulties and general problems relating to weaknesses in reading, comprehension, spelling and writing, as well as slowness in coping with literacy based tasks
Both QuickScan and QuickScreen work brilliantly for:
- individuals – single use payment and detailed report (£10 for QuickScan and £19.50 for QuickScreen) and
- organisations – for their recruits, staff or students with a management portal, detailed reporting and annual license.
You or your organisation can utilise one or both products depending on your requirements.
In total, our software has benefited over one million users.
We created QuickScreen as we felt passionate about offering a professional dyslexia screening tool to anyone who wished to find out if they have positive dyslexia symptoms. It’s an online test for dyslexia that is accessible from anywhere.
Dyslexia Testing Pioneers
2017 marked the twentieth anniversary of computer-based dyslexia screening products from Pico Educational Systems, as well as the launch of QuickScreen.
When first created in 1997, Pico’s computer-based dyslexia assessment was quite an innovative concept (The Studyscan Suite).
This was the first adult computerised test to be produced and somewhat ahead of its time. Not many people had a personal computer; let alone access to mobile devices and social media. It was no wonder that the idea of online testing was treated with a degree of scepticism.
Twenty years on, the situation is largely reversed. Working on-line is the norm and it is the pen and paper test that could be considered somewhat incomplete in its scope, when testing relevant skills for current day requirements.
QuickScan and QuickScreen are used by universities, colleges, armed forces, family services and other organisations.
The Value of Online Dyslexia Testing
In Summer 2017 a tweet from an adult dyslexic, who acts as a dyslexic representative for the public sector, asked “Is it fair to have to pay to be dyslexic? Many adults cannot afford the £500+ required to get a full assessment and therefore remain undiagnosed and ‘suffer in silence’.”
It is now required that we conduct rigorous research and share statistical evidence for our products with the public. Research shows that once a person has been diagnosed as dyslexic they are unlikely to cease being dyslexic throughout their lives.
So they could do on-line assessments to get skills updates for study requirements, exam concessions and to help employers offer relevant support.
Equally they might go online and get an indication of how well they have compensated for their earlier difficulties.
This can offer the much needed recognition that they can indeed perform as well as their peers.
Online tests are very cost effective. If someone has not been assessed officially, or perhaps cannot afford to pay for a one-to-one assessment, there should be other options for them. If someone completes one or several reputable online tests that show clear indications of dyslexia, then the outcome is assured.
Our Extended Team
It would not have been possible to create our vision for the QuickScreen Dyslexia Test without the support of some specific businesses and organisations that have been working with us for a number of years.
We would like to thank Simon Mumford and the team at Bio-Medical Computing who took on this, at times, daunting and challenging task, to create the QS test in collaboration with Pico Education. It has taken nearly 3 years to complete and is an on-going exercise as we carry out research trials and continue to make regular updates and improvements. They have been a pleasure to work with and are highly professional. They told us that they would persist until we are happy with the results. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be working with them.
Pico Education would also like to thank Emma Pearce and her team at Pearce Marketing who have worked with us from the beginning of this project. They have assisted us with our website development (designed by Lilyflair Web), customer feedback, marketing planning and continue to help us with various marketing activities. They are a wonderful team!
We wish to thank the Study Support team at Cardiff University where this project originated in co-operation with the Dyslexia Tutors who are familiar with and use Pico Education products (namely QuickScan and StudyScan). Thanks also to the Psychology Department whose members and students have run trials during 2016 and will continue with a new trial in 2017.
We are really pleased with the report that Select Statistical Services provided on their initial analysis of our QuickScreen dyslexia test results. It doesn’t get much better than that for a first round – beautifully presented and very clearly set out. (For Pico Education’s article on the first phase of analysis results produced by Select Statistical Services – based in Exeter, Devon – please see our Research section.)
Testing Children for Dyslexia
If you’re wanting a dyslexia test/screening tool for younger children, we highly recommend Paloma Forde at Screening4Dyslexia. Screenings are available for children aged 5 up to the age of 16. They are computerised and will give you an indicative score as to the likelihood of the child being ‘at risk’.