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SpLDs such as dyslexia are found in a small percentage of the population and can have a major impact for learning and studying successfully. Short-term memory and organisational skills can be affected.

Students with SpLDs may find difficulty with committing ideas and knowledge to paper/digital documents. However they may be able to demonstrate knowledge in oral or practical presentations.

Booking an Assessment

EGS has arrangements with many higher education providers, although EGS does take ‘referrals’ from individuals as well. We recommend that you approach Disability Services within your institution in the first instance, staff there can tell you about the arrangement between your institution and EGS.

During the booking process you will have the opportunity to discuss assessment options. Once these have been agreed you will receive confirmation and details about your appointment.

Equally, if you are not yet at college or university or would just like to arrange an assessment privately, then please contact us directly.

How much will it cost?

The price for a diagnostic assessment starts from £318.00.  Please note this price may vary subject to requirement.

The assessment procedure

The assessment will be conducted either in a face to face setting or remotely and will take approximately 1.5-2 hours and is likely to include;

An ability test – this is not about a “pass” or “fail”.  Your performance on a range of items will allow the psychologist to consider your strengths and weaknesses which may highlight better ways of studying and learning for you.

A literacy assessment – your reading, writing and spelling abilities will be looked at in order to gain an understanding of your attainments in these areas.

The Report

The report will take approximately 3 – 4 weeks to be completed and sent out.  This report will allow the college or university to consider any recommendations made by the psychologist.  The recommendations may include:

  • Ensuring your tutors are aware of your difficulties
  • Specialist tuition to improve your study skills and written assignments
  • Examination considerations such as extra time or more specialised help
  • Assistive Technology such as a word processor and recommendations for appropriate support software

Disabled Students Allowance

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is government funding intended to cover the extra costs of having a disability or long-term condition.  If you have been identified with a specific learning difficulty then once you have received your completed diagnostic report, an application for DSAs can be made.  For more information about what it covers and who is eligible, please follow the link to the Government website here.  The Disability Officer at your college or university should also be able to assist you with this.