I think I could be dyslexic
How do I find out?
The Disability & Dyslexia Service can help UW students discover if they have
dyslexia by arranging for them to have a dyslexia assessment.
1. What does this involve?
It involves two short screenings and then a longer assessment if needed.
Step 1 is a computer screening that you do by yourself
For the computer screening you need to log on to a University computer and do the
screening which is called LADS. You can get LADS instructions from Woodbury 162
or your SOLE page. The computer screening will tell you if you are at risk of being
dyslexic or having another Specific Learning Difficulty but it cannot tell you whether
you have dyslexia or not.
Once you have followed the LADS instructions and done your computer screening,
bring a print out of your results (whatever they are) to Woodbury 162 where we can
discuss the next stage with you.
Step 2 is a tutor screening
Once you bring a copy of your LADS results to Woodbury 162, the
next step is for you to book for a screening with a tutor, which will take about 60
minutes, to look at whether there are other indicators of dyslexia. Staff in
Woodbury 162 will also give you two short tasks to bring along to the tutor screening.
If after steps 1 and 2 there are dyslexia indicators, you will need a full assessment
to identify if you do have dyslexia (this will take place on a different day to the
Step 3 is a longer assessment of around 3 hours with a Dyslexia Assessor
If recommended, this further full assessment can take up to 3 hours, but breaks can
be taken as necessary.
2. What will happen at each stage?
At the computer stage you will be guided through 4 sections on screen which will be
explained to you by the LADS computer programme. You will need to take earphones
with you for the session as some of the information is spoken to you.
The second screening with the tutor will start with an informal chat about you and
your previous learning experiences.
For both the tutor screening and longer assessment there will be some
straightforward assessments of spelling and reading tasks etc in an informal
3. Who will conduct my tutor screening and assessment?
An experienced member of the Disability & Dyslexia (DDS)Staff. Your assessor will
also hold an appropriate qualification.
4. Do I have to pay?
You will have to pay £100.00 towards the overall cost of the assessment process
(which would otherwise cost over £230.00). UW subsidises the outstanding balance
from its Access to Learning Fund. It does not cost you anything to do step one - the
5. How do I arrange to be screened or assessed?
After completing the computer screening, contact Jenny Hope or Malcolm Claydon,
the DDS Administrators, in Woodbury Room 162 (tel. 01905 855531 or email
Once you have booked an appointment please ensure you let the DDS know in advance
if you have to cancel, otherwise you will be asked to pay a further £20.00 for a new
6. Do I need to find out anything beforehand?
Any details about your birth, early development and childhood, such as whether you
had ear infections, or were early or late in learning to talk, would be useful.
7. Do I need to bring anything with me to the screening or assessment?
If you book for a tutor screening you will be asked to complete a free writing
exercise and a dyspraxia checklist. Jenny or Malcolm will give you full instructions
when you get to that stage.
One or two examples of your coursework would also be very useful for the tutor
Please bring your spectacles with you to both the screening and the assessment if you
normally wear them for reading and/or writing.
You may have a previous assessment report you could bring to the assessment. (You
should let Jenny / Malcolm know if you have previously been assessed when making
your initial enquiry, as a tutor screening may not be necessary in these
8. What happens after the assessment process?
If possible, you will be told on the day of your assessment whether you have any
significant dyslexic traits. If you have, the DDS staff will guide you through the
next stage to receiving help. In any case you will be given a written report, normally
within three weeks.
9. What if I am not dyslexic?
The assessment process may reveal that you do not have dyslexia. However, it may
show that something else needs further investigation. In this case the DDS staff
will discuss further options for any support you may be entitled to.
10. What other help is available?
Study skills are a fundamental need for all students. You will be offered
opportunities to attend study skills workshops whether you have been diagnosed
dyslexic or not. This will give you a chance to optimise your learning power.
Disability & Dyslexia Service
University of Worcester