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Assessments for adults


We are currently unable to offer any appointments for face to face services such as diagnostic assessments.  We can, however, add names to our waiting list and make contact when we resume face to face services.


What is an adult diagnostic assessment?


In order to definitively diagnose dyslexia in an adult (18+), a full diagnostic assessment will be required.


How much is an assessment?


A full diagnostic assessment for an adult is £525 if it takes place at our office in Nottingham or £550 if it takes place elsewhere.


Please note that payment is required in full prior to the assessment taking place.


Which locations are covered?


The Dyslexia Association are able to provide assessments for adults in the following geographical locations:


  • NottinghamshireMan & woman having a discussion
  • Derbyshire
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • West Midlands
  • South Yorkshire
  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • Cheshire
  • Liverpool


What happens during the assessment?


The assessment will be carried out by a professionally qualified and experienced assessor.  The assessor will:


    • discuss the individual’s background, previous educational experiences and current needs.


    • carry out a series of tests designed to measure performance across a range of activities


    • identify a pattern of difficulties and strengths which will allow the assessor to determine whether dyslexia is present.



At the discretion of the specialist assessor, the possible co-occurrence of associated specific learning difficulties such as dyscalculia, Dyspraxia/ DCD (Developmental Co-ordination Disorder) or Visual Stress may also be explored during the diagnostic assessment.


The assessment will identify problem areas as well as areas of particular strength and expertise, so it is both subjective and positive in character.


The process is confidential and the assessment is conducted privately over a period of 3-4 hours (usually during normal working hours).


What happens after an assessment?


Upon the conclusion of the assessment, a comprehensive report will be provided (usually within 4 weeks) that will give the results of the tests and make recommendations for:


    • general adjustments at work


    • appropriate access arrangements for examinations


    • resources available to assist the individual at study or work


Where an individual is in employment and is experiencing difficulties at work, the next step would be to have a workplace needs assessment.  This will make recommendations for specific reasonable adjustments, which may include assistive technology and coping strategies.