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Types of Testing

Type of testing
Who is it for?
What is the purpose?
Provides standardised scores?
Who conducts the tests?
Will I get a report?
Costs *December 2018
Basic screener

Pre 16s Primary/Junior age

Post 16s

An initial dyslexia indicator conducted by a qualified dyslexia assessor.

*This is not a computerised test

*This is not a full diagnostic test

No

Percentile bands are provided

Level 7 qualified specialist teacher Yes, a brief report analysing results, behaviour and background £50
Dyslexia Screening in-depth Pre & Post 16

To provide further in-depth information regarding the areas of strength and weakness and stronger indicators of a dyslexia profile. To provide recommendations for teaching strategies, reasonable adjustments and indicators of **EAA

Indicator of overlapping SPLDs and signpost to other services.

*This is not a computerised test

*This is not a full diagnostic report

Yes, plus percentile bands in selected tests Level 7 qualified specialist teacher Yes, a full in-depth report written to SASC standards outlining the areas of strength and weakness, recommendations for adjustments and considerations for future **EAA where age appropriate £195
Full Diagnostic Pre & Post 16

This is a full-diagnostic assessment conducted by an assessor holding a current Assessment Practising Certificate (APC). This test will be valid until post-16 under DofE regulations from December 2018.

To provide further in-depth information regarding the areas of strength and weakness.

To provide recommendations for teaching strategies, reasonable adjustments and indicators of EAA*. Indicator of overlapping SPLDs and signpost to other services.

*Please see BDA announcement December 2018

*EAA usually assessed by school/college

*This is not a computerised test

Yes, a full diagnostic report written to SASC standards Level 7 qualified specialist teacher with APC* Yes, a full in-depth report written to SASC standards outlining the areas of strength and weakness, recommendations for adjustments and considerations for future **EAA where age appropriate £350
DSA Disable Student Allowance (Post 16) University applicants and university students

This is testing for students who were assessed pre-16 and now require a post-16 assessment ready for university level education.

*Please see BDA announcement December 2018

*This is not a computerised test

Yes, a full diagnostic report written to SASC standards Level 7 qualified specialist teacher with APC Yes, a full in-depth report written to SASC standards outlining the areas of strength and weakness, recommendations for adjustments and considerations for future **EAA where age appropriate. £350
Exam Access Arrangements (EAA) Year 9 onwards   Completion of JCQ8 section C Level 7 qualified specialist teacher Completion of JCQ8 Form for EAA Price dependent on tests required

**EAA-Following recent changes to the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) guidance for Access Arrangements 2017/18 please note:

If your child is in Year 9 or above and you require the assessment to be used as part of an application for Exam Access Arrangements (EAA), usually GCSEs or A Levels, e.g. extra time in exams, a reader or a scribe, etc. then it will be necessary for the individual’s family to contact your child’s school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) prior to the assessment as this is now a JCQ requirement.

“7.3.6 A privately commissioned assessment carried out without prior consultation with the centre cannot be used to award access arrangements and cannot be used to process an application using Access arrangements online.

The SENCO must complete at least a ‘skeleton’ Section A of Form 8 prior to the candidate being assessed (Section C of Form 8).” JCQ – Adjustments for candidates with disabilities and learning difficulties Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments 2017/18

 

If you would prefer not to contact the SENCO or think that you might experience difficulties with this please contact us to discuss your options and the implications of this prior to booking an assessment, we can contact your school on your behalf (with your written permission).

At CodeBreakers® we do not provide any testing using computerised tests. These cannot provide suitable information, taking into consideration an individual’s response to tests regarding behaviour, anxiety, attention, coping strategies and background information. All this information provides additional information when considering if an individual has specific learning difficulties which impact upon their education. When concluding, all assessors do not rely solely upon standardised score evidence.

Following a recent announcement from the DofE (December 2018) reported by the BDA as follows;

14 December 2018

Following a long campaign by the British Dyslexia Association, we are delighted that the Department for Education has announced an assessment for a specific learning difficulty (which includes dyslexia) undertaken at any age will allow people with dyslexia to apply for support right through to higher education – ending the need for post-16 assessments from February 2019 for those applying for DSA.

The compulsory post-16 diagnostic dyslexia assessments to qualify for support during higher education have long been an issue for young people with dyslexia and those who care for them. Whilst an additional assessment post-16 can be helpful, dyslexia is life long and no other disability requires re-diagnosing in this way.

The reality is that an additional assessment at post 16 is a large financial burden for families and in many cases, a barrier to young people with dyslexia getting support at university.

*It should be noted that in order for an individual’s report to be valid for post-16 when applying for DSA, the assessor MUST hold an Assessors Practising Certificate (APC)

As a result of the announcement we now offer varying levels of testing as we recognise not all individuals require a full diagnostic test. It may be appropriate to only use a basic screener to identify indicators, although we do not recommend using screeners to exclude dyslexia as they are not always accurate. These are best used to indicate areas of strength and weakness and preliminary to move toward more in-depth or full diagnostic tests.

Furthermore, we recognise not all students, particularly primary school and those who have anxiety related difficulties to education and testing or are quick to disengage, may find it difficult to maintain attention and focus required for full diagnostic tests.

INITITAL ASSESSMENT

 

We recommend this level of assessment for pre-16s or those in the workplace who wish to establish if their difficulties are of a dyslexic nature.

A dyslexia screening can be achieved quickly in a short appointment. The assessment takes around 1-2 hour and uses industry recognised tests which are only available to qualified persons who have been trained to use and interpret the finding of the tests. This first form of assessment is quick, accessible and affordable to most. A full and detailed report will be provided within 7-14 days, to SASC standards.

The report will provide sufficient information to enable you to return to school, college or workplace and inform them of the outcome. Within the recommendations of the report, it usually suggests more tests should be conducted, to provide evidence for access arrangements (exam concessions for year 9 and above) or reasonable adjustments (in the classroom/training for all ages).

Access arrangements tests are usually only evidenced by the exam centre (school/college). The AA tests can be conducted by an assessor where a school/college requests an assessor’s certificates and accepts them as an external assessor. *see our YouTube video on AA testing.

*No school is bound by an independently commissioned report from either an Education Psychologist (EP) or specialist teacher assessor, it is only once an EHCP or old statement records and details recommendations that school must implement the said recommendations.

Usually the report provides enough information to prompt schools to increase intervention/support or contact the Local Education Authority (LEA/LA) Special Educational Needs Teams (SENS) or Educational Psychologist to conduct further assessments. The 2014 SEN Code of Practice details how a school/college should respond upon receiving an independently commissioned report. However, following an assessment we continually support parents, advising them on how to proceed, if they require this information.

Following your assessment, we are happy to liaise with school or work to discuss you results.

* If you are a university student wishing to apply for DSA please note you will require a full diagnostic assessment conducted by an assessor who holds a current APC certificate.

ADDITIONAL TESTING

 

If you are a student who has a dyslexia diagnosis, who wishes to have tests conducted for access arrangements, additional tests may also be required. However, access arrangement testing is usually conducted by your school or college. In some circumstances such as students in PRU, independent schools, home education we have conducted AA tests with prior arrangement with the school or college/exam centre. This MUST be obtained before booking any AA tests. We can also conducted these tests with students in mainstream schools by prior arrangement.

If you are over 16 and already have a dyslexia assessment report from pre-16, and wish to have a post 16 assessment conducted for college or work, you may require more up to date tests to show your current difficulties and levels of attainment. Dependant on when the last tests were conducted on your report, we will establish which tests need to be conducted. * Please note this is not always required.

For additional testing, we recommend you bring with you a copy of your previous report from either a qualified assessor or an educational psychologist. Without this we are unable to select the correct tests to administer. Also in some cases, individuals have believed they have been assessed fully for dyslexia, as some testing may have been conducted at school or college and it has been suggested they may be dyslexic. Without a full report, we cannot assume a diagnosis of dyslexia and it is likely that initial assessments would need to take place first.

If you think you have had an assessment for dyslexia at school but no longer have a copy of the report, firstly contact the school or the Local Education Authority (LEA/LA) in the district where you attended school. Either of these organisations may still hold a copy of your report. Written request may be needed to obtain a copy.

Georgina Smith, Tutor and Assessor BA (Hons), MA, PGC SPLD, SPLD APC (Patoss), AMBDA

“In light of the BDAs December 2018 announcement, regarding post-16 assessments, Georgina will now be applying for the additional APC. It is expected that this will be renewed by Spring 2019. In the meantime Georgina will continue to offer preliminary dyslexia screening, full diagnostic assessments will also be available from Spring 2019 for those who wish to ensure a pre-16 assessment will be valid for post 16 DSA”

BOOKING YOUR ASSESSMENT & TESTS

  • Call CodeBreakers® to discuss type of testing required – 01538 398544.
  • Arrange a suitable appointment date (provisional).
  • CodeBreakers® sends provisional appointment confirmation letter with GDPR and background interview.
  • Pay your deposit within 7 days of booking your appointment to automatically confirm your appointment.
  • Attend your appointment, bring your completed GDPR and background form. Pay your balance.
  • Your report will be written in 7-14 days.
  • Attend/discuss your report feedback & receive your printed copy.
  • Your report can be sent via email by request.
  • Your report will be electronically stored. Please keep your own copy safe as it will be deleted after a period of time.
  • If you require further support following your assessment, please contact us.
  • THANK YOU for choosing CodeBreakers®

Georgina Smith has over 10 years experience as a dyslexia tutor and assessor. Georgina is a member of PATOSS and has AMBDA status from the British Dyslexia Association. Georgina is a PATOSS registered assessor and tutor.

Address: 3 Ashdale Road, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 6QZ

Tel: 01538 398544
Mobile: 07761 439495

Office Opening Times
Mon – Thur  9.00 am – 7.00 pm
Fri  9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Visitors by appointment only

PATOSS logo AMBDA accredited logo

Georgina Smith has over 10 years experience as a dyslexia tutor and assessor. Georgina is a member of PATOSS and has AMBDA status from the British Dyslexia Association. Georgina is a PATOSS registered assessor and tutor.

Address: 3 Ashdale Road, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 6QZ

Tel: 01538 398544
Mobile: 07761 439495

Office Opening Times
Mon – Thur  9.00 am – 7.00 pm
Fri  9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Visitors by appointment only

PATOSS logo AMBDA accredited logo