Why have an assessment?


Diagnostic Assessment explores and evaluates specific aspects of an individual’s psychological profile and provides an insight into personal strengths and weaknesses. Those who undergo assessment are often experiencing persistent challenges in daily life, study or employment, and the assessment outcome can help to establish a positive way forward.

Individuals also come for an assessment if they suspect that they may have dyslexia since the process is currently the only formally recognised diagnostic procedure. A confirmed diagnosis of dyslexia can provide answers to longstanding questions and explain why certain tasks may be more challenging than others. If dyslexia is identified, the final diagnostic report can serve as evidence when applying for specific support and services such as:


Exam access arrangements


Reasonable adjustments

Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) funded support

What will your assessment involve?


The term ‘assessment’ has associations with systems of ‘pass and fail’; however, these terms are not applicable to a diagnostic assessment. The aim of this type of assessment is to explore your individual strengths and weaknesses using a series of psychometric tests. 


Prior to the assessment, a questionnaire will be sent to you which asks for information on your developmental, educational and/or employment history. Once this has been completed and returned, a follow up informal interview is conducted to explore your answers in more detail.

Medical History assessment

The initial questionnaire and interview process look at specific aspects of your medical history, such as your vision and hearing. If any issues are highlighted, it will be recommended that you consult a medical professional before you undergo a full assessment.

Face to face interview

Once the interview is complete, a face to face assessment can be arranged where psychometric tests are employed to explore general cognitive abilities, such as verbal and non-verbal skills, and levels of literacy attainment. The assessment will take place in a quiet, private room and lasts approximately 3 hours.

When the assessment ends, the test scores will need to be calculated and the data analysed before the outcome can be determined. This process can take a little time and therefore the results of the assessment will not be available on the day but provided in an official written report. If you would prefer to discuss your assessment outcome over the phone or in person, you are welcome to schedule a follow up appointment.