Dyslexia Screening Test

The QuickScreen Dyslexia Screening Test provides universities and organisations with a detailed analysis of indicators of dyslexia and learning difficulties, with recommendations for support.  

Our dyslexia screening test is cost-effective and provides a thorough and accurate assessment of recruits, staff and students within a management portal.

In 2020 the QuickScreen test was significantly upgraded to show a new Table of Results that is more in line with an educational psychologist’s report.

QuickScreen is popular in London, England, Scotland and across the UK.  As well as English speaking countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada.

“QuickScreen dyslexia test provides a professional and detailed report. The team were very helpful with queries and follow up and very easy and friendly to approach. I’m so pleased that The Royal College of Radiologists accepted QS’s certificate as evidence to warrant me 25% extra time during exams. I am grateful again for your tremendous, professional assessment and certificate.” 

NHS Doctor

Why use the QuickScreen Dyslexia Screening Test?

  • Quickly register your organisation and start assigning tests to individuals in your management portal
  • You can also choose to publicise a unique registration link if you wish candidates to also self-refer
  • The dyslexia screening test is accessible on PC, Mac, iPad or other tablet (not mobile phones at this time)
  • Multiple tests can be carried out simultaneously
  • Six comprehensive test sections: Verbal Skills, Visual Skills, Vocabulary, Memory, Sequencing and Processing.
  • QuickScreen is more thorough than other dyslexia tests – by looking at a range of attainments and not just literacy skills
  • 1 hour to complete (in stages if required)
  • Suitable for those aged 17+
  • Detailed report identifying indicators of dyslexia, test results for a range of skills and recommendations for future action
  • FREE two month trial for your organisation – register an account for your organisation today!

“So pleased to have the support from QS Dyslexia Tests in Force to support our employees. The data can tell us so much and allow us to offer specific help where needed.” 

Lancashire Police Disability Support Group

Who and what is QuickScreen right for?

QuickScreen is the ideal tool for dyslexia screening for adults. An organisation would benefit from screening any number of candidates/students/staff for:

  • Indications of dyslexia
  • English language difficulties
  • General problems with study relating to weaknesses in reading, comprehension, spelling and writing, or slowness in coping with literacy based tasks.

QuickScreen is a fantastic adult dyslexia screening test used by the following institutions and employers:

  • Further and higher education institutions (universities, university students & colleges)
  • Secondary schools and sixth form colleges
  • Armed forces and public sector organisations
  • A number of professional and commercial organisations
  • Recruitment and HR agencies

Dyslexia Screening Test Options

Some organisations choose to utilise the QuickScan Dyslexia Questionnaire prior to using the QuickScreen Dyslexia Test. They use QuickScan to initially screen everyone and QuickScreen for those that have been flagged as showing some signs of dyslexia.  Other universities and organisations decide to only focus on using QuickScreen, or indeed just QuickScan. See the ‘Candidate Journey’ diagram on the Organisations page.

It is important to make sure that your organisation is investing in a dyslexia screening test that is backed up by research.

  • A 2016 QuickScreen research trial in a University, along with independent research in 2018, confirmed that where students get a result of mild, moderate or strong indicators they are highly likely to be dyslexic.
  • The test has also identified a clear link between dyslexia and speed of processing – a key element of the QS Dyslexia Test.

Additional research projects are ongoing and the most recent findings can be found in the QuickScreen research section.

“I would just like to say that I have been very happy with the service and products; Quickscan and Quickscreen during my time at University. I would recommend them as effective screening tools for dyslexia and other SpLDs.” 

Study Support Tutor, UK University

What does the dyslexia screening test report include?

  • The report received by you and each participant has a bar chart that clearly portrays if someone has ‘none, borderline, mild, moderate or strong’ indicators of dyslexia
  • It also details results for an individual’s learning and processing skills profiles
  • The Table of Results in the QuickScreen Dyslexia test is a two page summary of all the findings from the test. It has similarities with an educational psychologist’s report in terms of showing a scaled score, percentile rankings and descriptor bandings for Cognitive Skills, Underlying Skills and Verbal Processing. The overall indicators of dyslexia are shown as both a percentage and a description (none, borderline, mild, moderate or strong)
  • The processing section (one of the six elements of QuickScreen) goes well beyond the basic literacy skills of other dyslexia screening tests. It includes reading speed, writing and/or typing speed, understanding of written text, quality of spelling and punctuation, memory span for spoken language and level of accuracy in taking a short dictation
  • If indicators of dyslexia, English language difficulties or study skills needs are identified by QuickScreen, then suggestions will be included in the report on the next steps to take for training and development support
  • All results are held in an online portal for simple management and instant retrieval by your management team at any time. You can even view results on mobile devices with internet access and a PDF reader
  • It is also possible for your staff or tutors to add comments to a report before it is sent off to the test candidate

It is important to remember that despite presenting a detailed picture of an individual’s learning strengths and weaknesses at the time of taking the tests, QuickScreen is not to be treated as a final diagnosis. If dyslexia screening results indicate some or many of the symptoms of dyslexia, it would be advisable to then follow up with a full diagnostic assessment with an educational psychologist or certified specialist dyslexia tutor to determine the precise nature and scope of their difficulties.

You can read more information in our FAQ section below.

Note: The Processing Skills section of the dyslexia screening test includes a reading passage and short dictation. The reading passage is pitched at a 9 – 7 Grade GCSE level (formerly A* to C) and is suitable for candidates of 17+. It is therefore quite challenging for anybody who has not attained a GCSE in English.

More about your Management Portal

  • Designated administrators can sign in and view how many tests have been used and which dyslexia screening assessments are partially completed. They will also be able to access a summary of the results
  • Administrators will be responsible for assigning dyslexia assessment tests to students/staff and providing them with the required log in information to take the tests.
  • There is a facility for collating all results into a CSV file for research and archiving purposes from one year to the next
  • The portal dashboard has a Tutor Manual and a Technical Guide

FREE trial for your organisation

Please do request your free two month trial of QuickScreen for your organisation by registering an account. You can then start using the software straightaway. Your management portal includes a Tutor Manual and Technical Guide.

Click here to sign up your organisation and choose the ‘organisation’ registration type option.

QuickScreen dyslexia screening test is accessible on any number of devices and priced according to the volume of usage. Annual license fees start from £500 plus VAT per annum.

QuickScreen Dyslexia Screening Test Support

If you have any questions about our dyslexia screening test please email info@qsdyslexiatest.com, or use the form on our contact page 

It is also possible to speak to our dyslexia screening test team on the phone. Please call 020 8674 9571 between 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Or call 01424 254658 and leave a message. We will return your call within 24 hours.

We have years of experience in providing successful dyslexia screening tests in the UK, London, Scotland and England as well as overseas in New Zealand. Please read more – about us.

“I completed the Quickscreen test and can I say we absolutely love it here. I completed it in around an hour, much more user friendly than the StudyScan and much more ‘appealing’ to complete. However the best feature of the programme is the report – it is much more user friendly and easier for the learner to understand and digest. The fact that these can be sent direct to the learner is also an added bonus for us, the ability to do this remotely is perfect. I look forward to using this now on a regular basis.” 

UK Armed Forces

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about dyslexia testing…

We also offer additional support.

You are welcome to email any questions you may have to info@qsdyslexiatest.com, or use the form on our contact page.

It is also possible to speak to us on the phone. Please call 020 8674 9571 between 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

Q. I have set up a test for a candidate but they don’t seem to have received the link?

The QuickScreen Guide – section 4 Trouble shooting – email assigned test gives a clear instruction on what to do in several

situations pages 12-15 includes correcting or adding names, non- receipt of emails and re-setting the password.

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Q. What are the requirements for using the Quickscreen test in our organisation?

When organisations register to use the test with their staff and employees, or universities with their staff and students, it has always been recommended that this is done under the overall supervision of a dyslexia trained assessor with whom they will be able to consult if need be and put together a training programme and where appropriate. Our company also has the expertise of our lead dyslexia consultant who is always available to be contacted with any queries arising regarding the test content or any individual result.

Occasionally there may be an apparent anomaly which Pico Education is ready to help address and clarify and this is carried out with full regard to the privacy policy. Since the test is fully online then there will be the odd occasion when something goes wrong, but generally speaking thousands of adults are getting access to the test together with its detailed report and recommendations.

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Q. How does this assessment differ from other organisational computer tests for dyslexia?

Quickscreen for organisations combines the cost effectiveness of computer generated screening with the benefit of comments from the study support tutor. It therefore combines the mechanics of testing with the specialist’s experience and personal interaction with the candidate. As an agreed document, it is then signed off by the tutor to ensure a monitored, balanced and professional report.

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Q. What does the report for self-testing for students and staff within organisations contain?

The report which you get from QS dyslexia testing for adults will be detailed and very practical – similar to what a specialist tutor would compile. It is clearly set out, comprehensive and, where required, will give you suggestions for how to build on existing skills with specific recommendations for future action. This is followed by bar graphs showing your results in all the items and gives you three conclusions:

● The first is whether there are any indicators of dyslexia and this is qualified by giving the reasons why this conclusion has been reached
● The second is overall literacy skills level in relation to the candidate’s other results, so they are given a reference point based on their own general performance
● The third is overall speed of processing throughout a variety of tasks when using both language and symbols, which once again is measured against the candidate’s own level of performance in the other tasks.

Once the candidate knows the level of dyslexia they can be supported to plan strategies to utilise strengths and find ways of dealing and managing the problem areas. This can be done more effectively with the information provided in the detailed report, so that relevant aids to learning can be suggested, such as spelling programmes, scanner pens, reading techniques etc. Furthermore, having an understanding of the candidate’s speed of processing will allow them to focus on selecting the right allocation of time, concentration and working environment to get the best results.

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Q. What is special about this test?

Whilst our test cannot be compared to a one-to-one assessment it certainly has some additional features which in our opinion are very relevant to adult dyslexia testing.

Whilst in standard assessments a single word spelling test will be administered – we do also provide this information but in a different way. The dictation task ( part of the Processing Skills test) has a 40 word graded spelling test embedded within the passage and this is the basis of the spelling score. However, the words are presented using a method of testing ‘spontaneous spelling’ which research has found to be a more authentic way to test a dyslexic adult’s spelling ability by replicating spelling as a natural component of writing meaningful sentences rather than a single word spelling test. We consider this provides a more meaningful picture of the candidate’s spelling performance.

Furthermore, the test also has a built-in speed of processing component – in that the candidate’s speed of function throughout a number of the test items is calculated. Research has shown this to be highly relevant in predicting an individual’s ability to cope with the volume of information they need to process in order to work or study effectively.

A person can be a slow processor and not be dyslexic, equally if some has dyslexia as well as being slow in processing information then our research together with clinical observation over a number of years confirms that the support required will be far greater than in the case of a person with dyslexia but with speed of processing skills within the average range. (See research section)

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Q. Can I confirm that the QuickScreen Dyslexia Test is a screener and not to be considered a diagnostic test? I need to know if it meets the needs of our professional body.

A number of clients have asked us if we can confirm if QuickScreen is a screener and not to be considered as a diagnostic test (albeit it has correlations with diagnostic tests) to receive reasonable adjustments for national examination and assessment processes. Our staff have to provide evidence and we are trying to identify whether or not QuickScreen would meet the needs of our professional body’.

Our response is that Quickscreen is not to be taken as a final diagnosis in the same way as it would be provided after a one-to-one assessment with an educational psychologist, or certified dyslexia tutor.

However, because QuickScreen provides accurate guidance for the assessor when considering workplace adjustments as part of their workplace needs assessment, it can have a definite and valuable role to play in the process.

QuickScreen is verified and proven, we regularly undergo independent research. Our latest statistical survey, confirms findings from previous years again, regarding the strong association between the QuickScreen dyslexia test and an independent dyslexia assessment.

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Q. Is the Dyslexia assessment test accepted by JCQ for access arrangements?

At present no computer assessments are acceptable to the Joint Council for Qualifications. However, QS dyslexia testing for adults will give a good indication of any difficulties such as dyslexia.

The report, upon completion of the test, is detailed and practical. The scores and reports can be used in research by colleges/organisations and be submitted as relevant background information when compiling statements of need.

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Q. Can we share the QuickScreen report with employees directly (including graphs percentiles)?

Yes, the report in part or total can be shared with consent. It is used in full within the public sector organisations and it tends to be used (sometimes without the table of results) in some schools and colleges.

Equally, the front and the last page and table of results can be used as a summary report.

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Q. Will the screener identify dyslexia in a high achiever?

QuickScreen is intended for anyone who is experiencing difficulties with aspects of literacy and processing. However, if someone is dyslexic, but is effectively using strategies and achieving high levels of literacy attainment, through ability, performance, a positive attitude and thorough application there are still likely to be some aspects of the test which will present even well compensated adults with a challenge and this test will identify those dyslexic characteristics that are often not possible to disguise.

For example, speed of function cannot be artificially altered, and memory and sequencing skills, together with fluency in reading can all be improved but the test will flag up if these specific areas are still at variance with the candidate’s own overall ability. A highly proficient candidate with residual dyslexia will very likely get a borderline or compensated result on the test.

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Q. The candidate I have in mind for this test has missed out some vital bits of schooling and has real difficulties. Will they be able to deal with this screener?

All the test items are fully explained and have video instructions, which it is advisable to watch. Also each test starts with a couple of practice items.

The literacy section (part of the Processing Skills test) is geared to also cater for those who have more severe difficulties, so that they can carry out the practice item in full, they can re-do it if need be and if they cannot cope with the main dictation then their report will still offer them feedback at an intermediate level.

If someone is anxious about doing the test it would be helpful to have an adult in the room with them for a bit of support. It is at times a positive for the candidate when they find that there are certain tasks which they might be better at than they anticipated. In some cases it would probably be preferable to have a personal interview and test with an assessor rather than working online, but some people actually are more at ease with an online test.

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Q. What do we need to take into account when testing someone whose first language is not English? Which scores could be impacted and how would that impact our interpretation?

The QS test is not recommended for anyone who is struggling at a basic level of literacy. Ideally candidates need to have the equivalent of a good GCSE level of proficiency in English.

It can, however, be taken by candidates whose first language is not English. Things particularly to look out for would be, lack of fluency in vocabulary and verbal reasoning, and in such cases the slow processing and/or slow reading levels may be more likely due to language difficulties than to dyslexia.

However, the QS test can still be used to identify dyslexia in the cases where even without good literacy levels or fluency in English, low scores on two key tests – namely memory and sequencing – would often provide an indicator of dyslexia. Equally, the visual skills test, which is not dependent on fluency in English will flag up particular strengths or
difficulties in visual and analytical skills – a key component in ability. So where the vocabulary or verbal reasoning may be deflated by English language difficulties, visual skills can provide an indicator of ability.

This, however, does not provide a full picture of ability – particularly in cases where the individual may happen not to be good at solving visual puzzles.

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Q. Do you send out a user manual containing psychometric properties of the screening?

Since this is a computer based screening test and not a diagnostic assessment, such as one that is administered by a specialist tutor or educational psychologist, we do not issue a user manual detailing the psychometric properties of the tests.

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Q. What research has been done for this test?

There is much research that has been carried out by Pico Education, by organisations themselves who use the products.

The original basis of the tests were developed under the auspices of a PhD (at Leicester University) and government funded project (at Kingston University) and overseen by a committee of dyslexia specialists. Some of the key dyslexia tests have been correlated with other diagnostic tests and are well established.

All the background research is documented and available on our website. The most recent statistical study (2020-2021) confirms a strong correlation with independent dyslexia assessments.

The rationale for the screener and the individual tests are all documented in the completed PhD Thesis entitled ‘Dyslexia in Higher Education’ which is available in the online library of Leicester University here.

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Q. Could you give some details of the norm group used?

There have been many studies carried out over the years and the participants drawn from a wide range of adults (aged 17-55+) from a number of universities, FE colleges, 6th form colleges, public sector organisations and general members of the public therefore a fairly wide range of age, gender, ethnicity and levels of education.

The test is regularly upgraded and subject of statistical surveys. We have a statistical study that has just been completed (May 2021) which aims to provide an overall accuracy rate for the test, together with a cut- off percentage to be used as a guideline – between dyslexia and non- dyslexia profiles. The overall accuracy for QS as a dyslexia screener has been recorded at 93%.

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Q. Has dyslexia been more effectively recognised over the years?

There has been a lot of increased public awareness over the years about dyslexia, as well as a focus on the positive aspects of dyslexia so that the earlier stigma (of simply dismissing people with dyslexia as being somehow to blame for their difficulties – not working hard enough etc) might be alleviated. This has all been welcome – however the BDA recently acknowledged that 40 years after first indicating that pupils were slipping through the net, to the current day where exactly the same situation is still the case, with a similar number of children still being let down by the education system. In our view there is a definite role and value in the availability of a screening test.

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