Testing for adults


Where can an adult get tested for dyslexia?


There are two types of testing that adults who think they are dyslexic may want to consider:

  • dyslexia screening, or
  • full assessment services.

Dyslexia screening is ordinarily done as a first step toward getting help by a provider of services geared to dyslexia, and is generally not expensive. For example, Davis Dyslexia Correction providers use a screening test called the Davis Perceptual Ability Assessment. Together with your own description of your symptoms and problems – the possible signs you have noticed – this Assessment will help determine whether Davis methods are likely to help you.

Full assessment services will give you a more complete picture of various learning issues and problems you may have. This sort of assessment is needed if you want to get special accommodations at school or at work, or are concerned about possible workplace discrimination.

This sort of testing is more expensive, but also gives a more detailed measurement of what sort of problems you have. On the other hand, the providers of this sort of assessment generally will not provide you with specific remediation or other help, although they may make some generalized suggestions or recommendations.

To find out where you can get this sort of assessment, you might want to try the following resources:

  • If you are a college student, your college or university may have a student disabilities services office that can refer you for testing.
  • If you are in the military, testing for learning disabilities may be available free of charge.
  • You might be able to get a referral for low or reduced cost testing through a local Adult Literacy Group or Vocational Rehab services.
  • In some cases, testing might be available via a medical referral – check with your health plan or physician as to this possibility.

(Answer by Abigail Marshall)


  • Rachely M

    Hi I’m Rachely,
    I’m fairly sure, I’m dyslexic (90 % sure). I’m 30, and I have experienced a high amount of all the points above listed. Do you know where could I get help in Belgium?

  • Toya Fredericks


    I would like more support with my dyslexia as I have minimum concentration! See words backwards etc… I’d they’d a certificate that I can get stating this for my job so I can get all the support I need at work etc

  • Catherine M

    I need help with my dyslexia how do l get

  • Jerry S

    My name Jerry and I am 61 yrs old I think I have dyslexia i need help in learning how to live with it .
    All my life I was told I was stupid ,.eversense I have been running from it .only when I got married my wife seen it and said to me that I have dyslexia!!!
    I Need HElP !! Can you help me Please !!

  • Carol

    My work place are holding my writing skills against me and im worried they will get rid of me. I’ve read the info on adult dyslexia and do have some of them traits , does work have to support me and provide assistance

  • Gary g

    Think I have always been dyslexia.never have read a book in life.cant remember names, cannot commit to single task.problems with words ,spelling. Maths.can only learn in small bits.at time at own pace.read short articles only.intrest jump from one thing to another.gary..

  • Cherie F

    I’m a 52 year old lady, I would like to be tested or helped with dyslexia, Need help I’m tried of faking it .

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Cherie, Davis programs can help at any age — so if you are looking for help, a good first step would be to call a Davis Facilitator to schedule a consultation. You’ll find complete international listings at https://www.davismethod.org/

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