QuickScreen is an Online Dyslexia Test for Adults aged (17+)
The QuickScreen Dyslexia Test is a comprehensive online dyslexia test suitable for anyone aged 17 and above.
The test is well respected and in use throughout the UK. It’s also available in Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, USA and Australia. All that is required to access the test is a working knowledge of spoken and written English.
Independent analytical research carried out by Select Statistical Services in 2020-2021 stated that the QuickScreen test is estimated to have a high overall accuracy rate of 93% and a strong predictive capacity for dyslexia of 97%.
This easy-to-use dyslexia test will detect indicators of dyslexia and provide you with a comprehensive report and recommendations for just £34.50 (including VAT).
An introduction to QuickScreen – helping to identify dyslexia in young people and adults
The QuickScreen dyslexia test is intended for anyone who is experiencing difficulties with aspects of literacy and wishes to find out whether this might be due to dyslexia.
Candidates completing QuickScreen have been able to gain support within the workplace, while UK College and University students have been provided with detailed learning profiles and study support suggestions to help inform their next step.
Why choose Quickscreen Dyslexia Test?
- QuickScreen is suitable for anyone 17 and above. There is no upper age limit.
- The whole test could be completed in around 1 hour – but can be undertaken in stages over a few days.
- You can use a PC, Mac, iPad or tablet – but not mobile phones.
- QuickScreen is much more than a basic screening test. The program is split into 6 sections and aims to provide you with a detailed analysis of your cognitive profile, underlying skills, literacy levels and speed of processing.
- When all six tasks have been completed you will see a detailed report, a summary of your test results and guidelines for future action which you can download and print. You can also log in again at any time and read/print your report (if you keep your account open).
- 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.
- Is accessible and affordable at £34.50 (including VAT).
- Well over a million users have been screened for dyslexia and learning differences using QS Dyslexia Test products.
“The professional service provided by QS Dyslexia test is absolutely Fantastic! Diagnosis is quick, problem areas highlighted and their next step advice is extremely helpful! I would recommend this service to anyone. Thank you for taking the time to help me, it’s changed my life!
How to register to do QuickScreen
Read our step-by-step guide of how to register or watch the video guide below.
- You can register for an account within minutes and purchase a test for £34.50. incl VAT
- To start the test, you need to register (open an account) and purchase a test. Payment is made via PayPal or by credit or debit card.
- You will be given clear instructions on how to complete each section of the test and it is recommended that you watch the short video before starting each task.
- Feedback from other users: Do not try and fast track through to the tests. All the tests have practice items and some give immediate feedback – so it’s worthwhile doing these to ensure the most accurate outcome.
- You can complete the 6 sections in any order and you don’t have to complete it all in one go, although it is advisable to complete a whole section before logging off. You can log in again and complete the next section when you are ready. You will be able to clearly see which tests you have completed as you go along.
- On finishing the test you will have immediate access to your report and will be able to save and/or print copies.
We welcome your feedback and reviews on the QuickScreen test. Please get in touch with the QS Dyslexia Team via our contact page.
QuickScreen dyslexia test for adults – Video Guide
Please note: this video was created before we made the significant upgrade to the QuickScreen dyslexia test’s report to include a Table of Results that is more in line with an educational psychologist’s report – so you can’t see it near the end of the video. Please read more in our blog about the report improvements in 2020.
“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 my college 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.”
More about the Quickscreen Dyslexia Test for adults
QuickScreen is our comprehensive and most up-to-date dyslexia test for adults. It’s an ideal way of self-assessing dyslexia symptoms if you have been experiencing learning difficulties.
- There are 6 parts to the QuickScreen test: Verbal Skills, Visual Skills, Vocabulary, Memory, Sequencing and Processing Skills. As a rough guide they each take between 5-10 minutes to complete.
- You can complete the 6 elements in any order and you don’t have to complete all sections of the test in one go. Just log in to your account again and complete the next section when you are ready. You will be shown which tests are finished and which still need to be done.
- You can typically complete all 6 elements in about 1 hour, but for those who find literacy is a problem area, then it might take a little longer.
- The Processing Skills section includes a reading passage and short dictation. The reading passage is pitched at the higher end of GCSE level and is suitable for candidates aged 17+. It is therefore likely to be quite challenging for anybody who has not attained a GCSE in English, but not impossible.
- It is recommended that you complete as much of the dictation as you can. If you don’t know the spelling of a word, you can type it in as best you can. The more information provided the more your results will be of help and relevance. Whilst there are some harder words to spell, at least two thirds of the content is made up of words you will probably find quite straightforward.
- If you are specifically interested in your handwriting speed being part of the report, then please ensure to choose the handwriting AND typing option. Otherwise you will only be asked to type your response.
Dyslexia Screening and Diagnosis
Regular research updates in the last 5 years continue to show evidence of a strong association between the QuickScreen test and an independent dyslexia assessment. And in 2020 the QuickScreen Test’s new table of results was designed to be more in line with an educational psychologist report.
If indicators of dyslexia are identified, suggestions will be included in your report on the next steps to take. However, It is important to remember that despite presenting you with a very detailed picture of your learning strengths and weaknesses at the time of taking the tests, QuickScreen is not to be treated as a final diagnosis.
QuickScreen is designed to act as a ‘functional dyslexia screener’ that provides immediate and detailed insights into your current learning profile. If you are currently working then it will act as a basis upon which individual support programmes can be devised, reasonable adjustments put in place and where possible additional time in written examinations can be put forward for consideration.
In some cases it may be advisable to then follow up with a full diagnostic assessment with an educational psychologist, or certified dyslexia tutor, to determine the precise nature and extent of your dyslexia.
Also, if you are a student, you will be required to get a full diagnostic assessment to enable you to gain access to study support at university and to apply for a DSA (Disability Student Allowance), or to assist you with entry qualifications to certain professions and some public sector work applications.
More information is available in our FAQ section at the bottom of this page. You can also find out more about us.
“The QuickScreen Dyslexia test was quick and easy to complete. I was most impressed with the report which was far more detailed and useful than I had hoped. I liked that the results were presented in a visual format. The information and suggestions were useful. Thank you!
Support and Certificates for the QuickScreen Dyslexia Test for adults
We do our best to respond to all enquiries within a couple of days.
As an individual that has paid for QuickScan and QuickScreen, you can also request a Dyslexia Test Certificate for your workplace/educational provider for a processing fee of £24.00 (including VAT).
This service is not available for employees and students that have been provided with a dyslexia test by their employer, college or university. In these cases, you should consult your assessors in order to get your test results verified and signed off.
However, we do require you to carry out both the QuickScreen test and also the QuickScan questionnaire (via the Paypal individual users format), as this provides a fuller picture of relevant background information.
Our dyslexia consultant will personally review each such application before it goes forward, maintains the right of refusal and, if need be, a request for more information. The certificate is compiled individually by our dyslexia specialist and it is signed and dated. Certificates take around one week to process from the date on which the two reports and payment have been received. There may be a possible delay depending on the volume of requests.
It is also possible to speak to our enquiries manager on the phone. She will either assist you directly or put you in contact with someone who can.
Please call 020 8674 9571 between 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday. If you leave a message – please clearly state your name and return contact details. We do our best to return your call within 24 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about dyslexia testing…
Q. Do I need to prepare anything before taking the QuickScreen Dyslexia test?
There are no prerequisites or preparation required to do the test. You just need a desire to get some insight into whether you have dyslexia and a reasonable working knowledge of spoken and written English.
The test is available via our website and the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) website to anyone who wants to test themselves.
All test items have an instructional video before you start and some practice items. The report outcomes are self-explanatory, but where any queries crop up you can contact us.
Q. I had to log out in the middle of a test item. What do I do?
The first thing to mention is that the test is designed in such a way that if you crash out of it unexpectedly, it will, once you log in again, take you automatically to the nearest point you were working on. So you can pick up more where you left off.
Your account will still be active so you should be able to access it, and if there is a problem with passwords etc – just put in your email address and click on forgotten password.
Q. I’m trying to undertake a dyslexia test but the system won’t allow me to register as it is saying I’ve already got an account.
Sometimes it would appear that your email address goes into the ‘Incomplete registration’ list. This will have the effect of stopping you from re-entry. This can occur if you move off the PayPal platform too quickly. So whilst you will have received the email link – no payment would have been taken and the connection would have been broken. You can check your PayPal to confirm. If you contact us we will then remove the email address and you can re-register.
Q. I’m trying to undertake a dyslexia test but the system says that my email is not recognised.
Please check carefully when you enter your email address – sometimes an error is made and this can lead to getting blocked from entry – and try again before contacting us, to ensure that it isn’t just a typo.
If you are still having problems, please contact us.
Q. How does this screener differ from other computer based dyslexia tests for individuals?
Unlike other computer based screening tests for dyslexia, QuickScreen provides a more extensive cognitive and literacy skills report together with individually tailored recommendations.
QuickScreen offers you the chance to test yourself. You can 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.
Q. Will it pick up if I have difficulties with numbers and arithmetic?
This screener is not specifically designed to test for dyscalculia and a more a specialised test would be needed. However, as with a standard dyslexia assessment, there will be an indication if you have problems doing the memory task. This task requires you to show your ability for immediate recall of numbers and for working out sequences of numbers in your head correctly, which is a vital element in doing arithmetic.
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.
Q. 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 anyone who is experiencing difficulties with aspects of literacy and processing and wishes to find out whether this is possibly due to dyslexia.
However, if someone is dyslexic, but is effectively using strategies and achieving high levels of literacy attainment, then this programme may not be appropriate. Even a marked level of dyslexia can be compensated for to varying degrees, through ability, performance, a positive attitude and through application.
Most often there are likely to still be some aspects 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.
Q. 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?
Whatever your speed of working through tasks that involve reading and writing, and worries with regard to what will show up in a screener, it is still a very positive first step to finding out exactly where you are at the present time. It will put you in a position to access support which is individually geared to your particular strengths and weaknesses. All the test items are fully explained and have video instructions.
The literacy section is geared to also cater for those who have more severe difficulties, in that you can carry out the practice item in full, you can re-do it if you need to and if you cannot cope with the main dictation then your report will still offer you feedback at an intermediate level.
Q. I get anxious doing tests, so will it show a true picture of what I can do?
In some ways working with a computer programme may be less daunting. As long as you approach the task in a relaxed state and look upon it as a game or a challenge that is there to be enjoyed, then you will get a detailed picture of your learning potential.
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 sittings. 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 with the next task.
Q. What about dyspraxia?
This is a specialist area that requires appropriate testing. However, if it is an area you are concerned about then you may wish to try the handwriting option on the processing task. If you have a tendency to write slowly, or not very legibly, then this task will highlight it. When you put in your hand written text onto the computer, your speed and accuracy of doing so will be checked. This would be a starting point to arranging further tests.
Q. What does the report for self-testing for individuals contain?
The report which you get from QS dyslexia test is 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 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.
Q. English is not my first language, so will this screener identify if I have a problem with dyslexia or with English?
There are some tasks in the screener that do not rely on English language. It is possible to get a tentative indication of dyslexia by testing for memory and sequencing. The vocabulary test is a good indicator of fluency in English language and the report will flag up any difficulties that are encountered. If English is a second or third language then as long as you have a working knowledge of spoken and written English then there is no reason for not doing the test.
The Processing Section ( literacy – reading fluency, comprehension, spelling and punctuation) will give you an immediate idea of how well you are coping with literacy at adult level. You may be quite good at spelling ( if it was taught as a second language) but your knowledge of written vocabulary and your reading fluency will be put to the test here and you will receive all the results in both a graph and in a statistical summary.
Q. I am applying for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit, will the QuickScreen test report be enough to claim?
When you apply for the PIP (that replaced the Disability Living Allowance), the referral may be passed on to your doctor, so it would be best to ask your doctor’s advice on this.
If you are recommended to get a certificate for dyslexia, as part of the relevant evidence for your situation, then we can provide this. However, we doubt whether this alone would suffice.
So we would highly recommend that you get further advice as your first step, and then please come back to us if we can help.
Q. Please can you tell me if this test would be valid to use to get extra help on my theory driving test. I have been told that if I have documentation I can extra help with the reading of questions
The QuickScreen test has been accepted (to date) when people have submitted our certificates to the DVLA, but we are not in a position to offer you a definite guarantee.
Q. What sort of research has been done to produce this test?
The test is based on academic and practical experience with dyslexic adults over several decades. There is much research that has been carried out by Pico Education as well as by organisations themselves who use the products.
The original basis of the tests was 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.