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So I have done this "informal" or "provisional" dyslexia tests with my college student support, and turns out there's a very high probability that I am dyslexic, tbh After doing some research I think I am anyways. But it's not official, so where I stand now I won't be able to get any extra help next year for university. My college is meant to get me tested but they just not bothering! Does anyone know where I can externally get tested properly? How long will it take? How long will the results take? And how much will it cost?


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If you are proven as dsylexic then you can use this as an advantage. If you get good grades then you shouldn't have a problem, they will allow you to have more time on exams, and leniency whilst applying to university.

also try this for the test:
http://www.dore.co.uk/learning-diffi...dyslexia-test/

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took the test and here are the result/s
You show a LOW probability
of having a dyslexic problem.
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I've down that test and it came out with "very high probability", but I need to get properly officially tested so I can get much needed extra help in university.


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Your college should organise a proper assessment for you. Mine did.
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I know, but the lady is not doing anymore tests until next year, is there not somewhere I can do it externally?


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You get the results instantly but it can take them a couple of weeks to write up the official report. I'm sure you can do it externally but not sure where - try googling it? I got mine done at my university...


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I'm getting tested, It is very expensive to get it done by someone who unis accept according to my disablilty adviser (she said £400), so its best to get it paid for. I think that if you have an conditional offer at my uni then they might be willing to test you before you start, other than if you can't get it done before you go then raise the issue as soon as you get there.
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My elder son was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was already at university but we had to pay for private testing. The university arranged it but we had to pay the fees. I think we paid about £160 around 4 years ago but this will vary I suppose. This involved our son being interviewed by the assessor and doing a series of written and aptitude tests.

Our son is an engineer and apparently dyslexia isn't uncommon amongst engineering types.

Once he was formally diagnosed then his Uni couldn't do enough for him giving him a free laptop, software, more time for exams and somebody to proofread his assignments and coursework (for grammar and spelling only, not academic content ). One of his non dyslexic student friends got a small allowance for helping him take notes during lectures. So if/when diagnosed help is out there.

This link may be of use

http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about-...dyslexia-.html

Especially near the bottom of the page where it shows you who to contact.

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Thanks for the help, I didn't realise it was so expensive! I'm gonna keep pestering my student support at my college to do it for me! The extra help at university next year will be helpful! If all else fails I'm going to follow that link you just gave me thanks


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For DSA purposes, acceptable reports can be from an Educational Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions council, or from Specialist teachers holding a current approved certificate and registered with PATOSS.
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Thanks for the help, I didn't realise it was so expensive! I'm gonna keep pestering my student support at my college to do it for me! The extra help at university next year will be helpful! If all else fails I'm going to follow that link you just gave me thanks


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I got diagnosed in my first year of medical school after the initial assessment (like you) flagged up a high probability of dyslexia.

Your college/uni should pay ALL of the costs - this is a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act so you, as the person with a possible disability, should NEVER have to pay towards the costs.

My test was paid for by the university and took approx 4 hours. The results were instant - moderate dyslexia - and the university have helped in so many ways - extra time, extra lessons for revision techniques and grammar work, printer, computer, book allowance etc.

Go back and demand the test. If this fails - speak to your head teacher. If that fails - your MP.

Dyslexia will not stop you from achieving your dreams (look at JK Rowling, Richard Branson) but you need help asap so that you can maximise your opportunities!
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I got diagnosed in my first year of medical school after the initial assessment (like you) flagged up a high probability of dyslexia.

Your college/uni should pay ALL of the costs - this is a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act so you, as the person with a possible disability, should NEVER have to pay towards the costs.

My test was paid for by the university and took approx 4 hours. The results were instant - moderate dyslexia - and the university have helped in so many ways - extra time, extra lessons for revision techniques and grammar work, printer, computer, book allowance etc.

Go back and demand the test. If this fails - speak to your head teacher. If that fails - your MP.

Dyslexia will not stop you from achieving your dreams (look at JK Rowling, Richard Branson) but you need help asap so that you can maximise your opportunities!
There are very few uni's who will pay the costs for a diagnostic test and report for dyslexia, and I only know of one. It is not the institutes responsibility to do this, and paying for testing is nothing to do with Equality Act (which replaces Disability Discrimination Act). Students who apply for DSA have to provide evidence, DSA cannot be used to pay for any diagnostic testing.
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There are very few uni's who will pay the costs for a diagnostic test and report for dyslexia, and I only know of one. It is not the institutes responsibility to do this, and paying for testing is nothing to do with Equality Act (which replaces Disability Discrimination Act). Students who apply for DSA have to provide evidence, DSA cannot be used to pay for any diagnostic testing.
I'm sure I was once told that the Access to Learning fund will pay for a Dysexlia test.
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I got diagnosed in my first year of medical school after the initial assessment (like you) flagged up a high probability of dyslexia.

Your college/uni should pay ALL of the costs - this is a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act so you, as the person with a possible disability, should NEVER have to pay towards the costs.

My test was paid for by the university and took approx 4 hours. The results were instant - moderate dyslexia - and the university have helped in so many ways - extra time, extra lessons for revision techniques and grammar work, printer, computer, book allowance etc.

Go back and demand the test. If this fails - speak to your head teacher. If that fails - your MP.

Dyslexia will not stop you from achieving your dreams (look at JK Rowling, Richard Branson) but you need help asap so that you can maximise your opportunities!
I am definitely gonna try this! That kind of help at university will make such a difference!


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Your college/uni should pay ALL of the costs - this is a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act so you, as the person with a possible disability, should NEVER have to pay towards the costs.
(Original post by NJones)
There are very few uni's who will pay the costs for a diagnostic test and report for dyslexia, and I only know of one. It is not the institutes responsibility to do this, and paying for testing is nothing to do with Equality Act (which replaces Disability Discrimination Act). Students who apply for DSA have to provide evidence, DSA cannot be used to pay for any diagnostic testing.
:ditto: (to NJones).

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, which were later replaced by the Equality Act) simply place certain duties/legal obligations onto employers and service providers, including places of education. They cover reasonable adjustments and discrimination and, as far as I'm aware this never covered financial costs involved in diagnosis. If someone suspects they have a condition then they may need to meet the costs of assessment themselves.

Universities often chose to re-imburse a student through Access to Learning so, yes, it is usually the case that the student isn't financially disadvantaged, but there's no legal requirement for an education provider to pay for assessment as far as I'm aware. Financial support at college may be more difficult.
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If OP has the financial resources then I'd get on and get the diagnosis ASAP as the sooner the facts are known the sooner help is given. As others have said you get the results immediately just be sure to get tested by somebody officially recognised and accredited etc.

It's ok us arguing over who should pay for these tests legally and/or morally but time is ticking on. OP do you have a conditional offer for uni? If so do you have exams and stuff to do to get necessary grades?

Agreed it's a chunk of money to find but if it's at all possible to get it together it might be one of the best investments you'll make.

Once again, good luck
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If OP has the financial resources then I'd get on and get the diagnosis ASAP as the sooner the facts are known the sooner help is given. As others have said you get the results immediately just be sure to get tested by somebody officially recognised and accredited etc.

It's ok us arguing over who should pay for these tests legally and/or morally but time is ticking on. OP do you have a conditional offer for uni? If so do you have exams and stuff to do to get necessary grades?

Agreed it's a chunk of money to find but if it's at all possible to get it together it might be one of the best investments you'll make.

Once again, good luck
Yea I have offers, I went today to student support office at my college about 3 times, and nobody was in. I'm gonna have to try again on Monday


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Good news everyone! I've got my dyslexia test booked! Finally! My pestering payed off


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