QuickScreen is used for dyslexia testing for adults – both as individuals and within organisations (as students, staff and new recruits).
Here are some of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about dyslexia testing…
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It is also possible to speak to us on the phone. Please call 020 8674 9571 between 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
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 http://www2.le.ac.uk/library/find/theses/theses#uol-theses-and-masters-dissertations.
QuickScreen offers you the chance to test yourself. You start with the Processing Skills task – basic literacy, processing and memory. You can immediately view your results on a bar graph and check your levels for reading speed, writing and /or typing speed, understanding of written text, quality of spelling and punctuation, memory span for spoken language and your level of accuracy in taking a short dictation. This can be done in about 10 minutes. You can then go on to complete the other 5 tasks and receive a detailed individual report with recommendations for skills improvement and ways to have your difficulties accommodated.
Equally, in the sequencing task, if you have difficulties with the direction of shapes and remembering mirror opposites of symbols then this will be picked up. So, it can act as a good starting point.
I am a high achiever and have always found ways of covering up my difficulties. Will the screener identify my problems?
QuickScreen is intended for any adult who is experiencing difficulties with aspects of literacy and wish to find out whether this is possibly due to dyslexia. However, if an adult is dyslexic, but is effectively using strategies to deal with this and achieving high levels of literacy attainment, then this programme may not be appropriate.
However, there may be some aspects which you are still finding less easy to do. Our dyslexia testing for adults will still flag up dyslexic characteristics that are often not possible to disguise. Even a marked level of dyslexia can be compensated for to varying degrees, by ability, performance, positive attitude and sheer strength of purpose.
English is not my first language, so will this screener identify if I have a problem with dyslexia or with English?
I have missed out some vital bits of schooling and this has always set me back. Will I be able to deal with this screener?
Some people are more likely to be relaxed and prefer to be tested by another person, and in such a case you could either have someone nearby when doing it or opt for a one-to-one session with a dyslexia tutor or educational psychologist, rather than using a computer screener as the first step.
In any case, you can do the items in any order you like over several different days. You can do one task and then leave it for a day or two or a week before doing another item. That way you can give your full concentration in a comfortable way and choose when you want to take part. You just log in again to carry on each time.
This is followed by bar graphs showing your results in all the items and gives you three conclusions:
- The first is whether you have indicators of dyslexia and this is qualified by giving you the reasons why this conclusion has been reached
- The second is your overall literacy skills level in relation to your other results, so you are given a reference point based on your own general performance
- The third is your overall speed of processing over a variety of tasks when using both language and symbols, which once again is measured against your own level of performance in the other tasks.
If you understand your level of dyslexia you can plan strategies to use your strengths to your advantage and find ways of dealing and managing the weaker areas. You cannot do this quite so effectively if you do not have this information to hand.
If you know your literacy level you have a way forward to upgrade your skills and knowledge as required. In addition, your speed of reaction, working things out in your head, of grasping the meaning of text and bringing your own experience to interact quickly and efficiently with whatever task is before you, is a key to being successful in your chosen course of study or work. Having an understanding of your own speed of processing will allow you to be focused on selecting the right allocation of time, concentration and working environment to get the best results.
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However, the original research for the test is presented in the author’s PhD thesis (Leicester University) and the test items are all standardised, having been the subject of a Government funded project on Dyslexia In Higher Education and led by the author with a group of advisors based at Kingston University and documented at that time.
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%.
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?
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 a positive 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.
If you have any queries or requests please do not hesitate to contact us – we’ll be happy to help.