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Dyslexia screening

If you've ever wondered whether you have dyslexia, you are welcome to come for a free dyslexia screening. This is open to current students. 

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling. It is estimated that up to one in every 10-20 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia.

Complete the Adult Dyslexia Checklist to help find out if you may have dyslexia.

Common signs of dyslexia

  • You might have dyslexia if you struggled at school and you:
    • find it hard to concentrate for long periods of time
    • struggle with reading
    • find it hard to remember what you have read
    • find it difficult to make sense of information
    • struggle with time management and/or organisation
    • have family members with dyslexia, dyspraxia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

How do I arrange a screening?

  • You can use one of the computers in the Birkbeck Library, or any computer laboratory, to take the free screening test
  • There is an audio component to the screening, so either bring headphones or borrow some in the Library. 

Benefits of a screening

  • If you have dyslexia, you can receive Disabled Students' Allowance. This means you can get support to purchase computers with assistive technology software and specialist study skills support. Students who receive this assistance are significantly more likely to complete their courses and achieve higher grades. 
  • We will receive your results and keep them confidential. You will be contacted if the results indicate that you should have a diagnostic assessment.