Dyslexia Test

 

A Written Checklist Screening Test to Help Determine if You may be dyslexic.

Many people of different ages, with different backgrounds, at some time in their lives ask themselves, "Am I dyslexic?". There are several ways to determine if you might be dyslexic. For starters you mightl try the dyslexia screening test checklist below. This will give you a good indication of any dyslexic traits you may have.

In this website we have assembled a large selection of information that will help you to know more and be better able to judge whether you may be dyslexic or not. A section that will help are the common signs of dyslexia in children and adults that you will find at Dyslexia Symptoms.

Another good way to understand the process of testing to really know whether you have dyslexia or not is to check out our section on Diagnosing Dyslexia.

 

Dyslexia checklist screening test for adults.


The questions in the checklist test below are all related to different areas of dyslexia. Read the questions carefully and be as honest as you can when answering them.

Since this is an online test, you will need to get a sheet of paper and number the horizontal lines from 1 to 20. Then mark two vertical columns, one for "Yes" and one for "No". Mark you answers down on your paper, then afterward, check the answers on your paper with the key below.

Please mark either Yes or No to each question. Do not leave any questions unanswered. If in doubt tick the answer that you feel would be correct most frequently.

 

 Dyslexia Screening Test Yes No
1. Do you find difficulty telling left from right?    
2. Is map reading or finding your way to a strange place confusing?    
3. Do you dislike reading aloud?    
4. Do you take longer than you should to read a page of a book?    
5. Do you find it difficult to remember the sense of what you have read?    
6. Do you dislike reading long books?    
7. Is your spelling poor?    
8. Is your writing difficult to read?    
9. Do you get confused if you have to speak in public?    
10. Do you find it difficult to take messages on the telephone and pass them on correctly?    
11. When you say a long word, do you sometimes find it difficult to get all the sounds in the right order?    
12. Do you find it difficult to do sums in your head without using your fingers or paper?    
13. When using the telephone, do you tend to get the numbers mixed up when you dial?    
14. Do you find it difficult to say the months of the year forwards in a fluent manner?    
15. Do you find it difficult to say the months of the year backwards?    
16. Do you mix up dates and times and miss appointments?    
17. When writing cheques do you frequently find yourself making mistakes?    
18. Do you find forms difficult and confusing?    
19. Do you mix up bus numbers like 95 and 59?    
20. Did you find it hard to learn your multiplication tables at school?    

 

 

 Got your answers? Good. Now check them against the key below...

 

 

 

 

 

The 12 most indicative items, in order of importance are:

  1. Q17
  2. Q13
  3. Q7
  4. Q16
  5. Q18
  6. Q10
  7. Q19
  8. Q14
  9. Q20
  10. Q4
  11. Q1
  12. Q11

If the majority of these items are ticked, this is a strong indication of dyslexia.

General results from this questionnaire.

On the questionnaire as a whole (ie. all 20 items):

  • 60% of people gave no more than four YES response
  • 90% of people gave no more than eight YES responses

Nine or more YES responses on the questionnaire, as a whole is therefore a powerful indicator of a difficulty. The items ticked should be compared with the 'best twelve' shown above.

Reference: Michael Vinegrad: A revised Dyslexia Checklist. Educare, Number 48 March 1994.

This questionnaire was completed by 679 adults divided into the following groups:

Students enrolled on BA & BSc degree courses.
57%
Students enrolled on Certificate and Access courses.
7%
A-Level students.
15%
Non-student adults.
21%

The age range was 18 to 68 and the proportion of men and women was approximately equal.

The sample contained 32 known dyslexic individuals. A statistical procedure involving discriminant function analysis, a factor analysis and a series of t-tests was carried out. The objective was to identify those items on the questionnaire that best discriminated between dyslexic and non-dyslexic individuals.


 


 

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