How to Test for Dyslexia in Adults


Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty usually associated with spelling and reading, and sometimes with numbers. Dyslexia may go unrecognized if it is not addressed in school. As a result, adults may grow up having trouble reading, writing and or figuring out math problems. It can also make it difficult for adults to attend college or train for a job. Adults should get tested if they believe they have dyslexia so that they can take steps to get help.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet
  • Dyslexia pretest
  • Dyslexia screener
  • Full assessment
  • Go online and take a free dyslexia pretest (see resource below). It will ask questions like "Do you find it hard to follow a detailed discussion?" or "Do you take much longer than most people to read a page in a book?"

  • Contact your state's local dyslexia organization to ask for further diagnostic tests. You will be given a series of questions about your symptoms. Think about the questions carefully when you take a dyslexia screening test. Consider if you have the difficulties listed. Answer everything truthfully and go with your first instinct if you are stuck on some questions.

  • If the screener diagnoses that you are a dyslexic adult you can choose to do a full assessment service. This is much more costly than the screener but according to the website "Full assessment services will give you a more complete picture of various learning issues and problems you may have. This sort of assessment is needed if you want to get special accommodations at school or at work, or are concerned about possible workplace discrimination."

  • Prepare to ask for appropriate accommodations for dyslexic adults based on the results of the test. Ask for additional information and resources as well.

  • Do not feel ashamed or embarrassed if you are diagnosed as a dyslexic adult. There are many successful adults who have dyslexia. Use the appropriate accommodations to help you succeed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always answer dyslexia test questions honestly and openly.
  • Make sure you know the accommodations that you are eligible for if you are diagnosed as a dyslexic adult.
  • Don't pay for home assessments for dyslexia unless you have checked that the organization is reputable.

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