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…
QuickScreen Dyslexia Test Support
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Test Support for Organisations
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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 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.