Getting tested for a specific learning difficulty

If you are registered as a student at the University you may be eligible to be referred for a diagnostic assessment with an Educational Psychologist to determine whether you have a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. The University will meet the full cost of this assessment.

If you have written evidence which indicates that you have previously accessed support due to an SpLD

(E.g. at school, college or another University). Please email, post or drop this evidence in to the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service (DDSS) in the first instance. We can then advise you on whether this evidence will entitle you to any support. If necessary we can then directly refer you for an SpLD diagnostic assessment.

If you think that you may have an SpLD but have never had an assessment for this or accessed any SpLD support before, follow the steps below:

1. Complete our QuickScan screening test

Before we can refer you for a diagnostic assessment you need to complete a brief online screening questionnaire called QuickScan.

By analysing the answers you give to a set series of questions, QuickScan generates a report which will tell you whether you display any indicators of a specific learning difficulty. The report will also give information about your individual learning style and will provide you with some suggested learning strategies.

Your report will be displayed automatically at the end of the screening. You will be given the option to print the report immediately. If you wish to access the report again at a later date simply log in to QuickScan again: your report will be automatically displayed.

It takes around 15 minutes to complete the QuickScan test.

Take the QuickScan test

2. Read the report generated by QuickScan to determine what action to take next

If the report identifies indicators of an SpLD such as dyslexia or dyspraxia:

You can request a full diagnostic assessment by emailing DDSS reception. Please email from your University of Sheffield email account. If possible please attach/embed a screenshot of your QuickScan test report to your email, too.

The reception team will then email you back to guide you through the next steps to take to arrange an SpLD diagnostic assessment.

If you wish to query your QuickScan result, please email the DDSS reception team, giving as much detail as possible.

Please note: we will not usually make SpLD diagnostic assessment referrals for students who are in the final three months of their course, as there is not enough time left for us to put useful SpLD support in place if the diagnosis is positive.

If the report does NOT identify indicators of an SpLD such as dyslexia or dyspraxia:

We will not be able to refer you for a full SpLD diagnostic assessment. However, you do not need an SpLD diagnosis in order to access a range of study skills support (for both literacy and maths) via the University’s Student Skills and Development Centre at 301 Glossop Road.

Please note: The University cannot consider adjustments and/or support for students on the basis of the QuickScan report alone. The report is simply an indicator that further investigation (i.e. a full diagnostic assessment) may be appropriate.