The Dyscalculia Test on this website, run by the Dyscalculia Centre, is suitable for adults, and since its inception in 2010 has been used by many adults.
This page describes what dyscalculia is and the test for dyscalculia. It also contains information that you may find helpful if you are contemplating taking the test because you are having difficulty with a maths exam needed for your job (for example, if you wish to be a teacher or a prescribing nurse).
People who have difficulty in remembering numbers and working with numbers (for example, with adding up, multiplying, fractions) have a significant disadvantage in life.
For such people not only have problems in passing maths exams at school, but they also often have difficulty with handling money, telling the time, using a calculator, and checking their online banking.
This is a genetic disorder - and because it is in the genes it cannot be cured. But once diagnosed it is possible to overcome your problems by working with a teacher, or indeed any adult who has average ability in maths.
Below there is a link that takes you to the on-line test for dyscalculia, but before you go to it there are a couple of things you need to know.
First, the only way to be absolutely certain about whether a person has dyscalculia or not, is to have a one-to-one session with a psychologist who specialises in dyscalculia. The cost is normally around £350 - seven times as much as the cost of our on-line test. Therefore you must realise that our test - because it is at a distance - is not one that everyone will accept as absolute proof of dyscalculia.
But, our test does come with a unique benefit. For if we find that you have dyscalculia, then we will not only send you a detailed report, but will also provide a wide range of materials that can be used to help you progress in maths. And if we find you are not dyscalculic, we will refund half of the fee you have paid. You will also receive a detailed report on exactly what we have found.
Preparing for a job (such as teaching or being a prescribing nurse) that requires a set ability in maths.
Each institution that trains teachers and nurses tends to consider dyscalculia in slightly different ways, and many have their own assessment programme, so it is not possible for us to answer enquiries specifically but the following points should be helpful.
The notion of getting extra time and support in examinations centres around helping a student whose ability to pass the exam is inhibited by a factor outside of the subject matter itself. In the classic case, a person studying history might have difficulty taking an exam in history if he/she has dyslexia. This is deemed unfair because the problems with English mean that the individual’s ability to grasp the essence of history and reveal a knowledge of historical facts cannot be properly tested. So support in terms of having a reader or extra time is often made available.
However most GCSE, A level, and degree courses in English do not give extra time or support to dyslexic students because they argue that reading and writing English is the essence of taking a course in English.
Likewise, when a nurse wishes to become a prescribing nurse she/he has to take a maths test, and no allowance for dyscalculia is made, because being able to prescribe and administer the correct dose of a drug is considered to be the essence of the work. It seems that some exam boards now take the same position with GCSE maths – no extra time is allowed for dyscalculia.
With teaching it appears that the government is arguing, or has argued, that an ability to grasp maths at a specified level is inherent in being able to do the job of a teacher, and thus some universities will give no allowance for anyone who is dyscalculic.
If, however, the university with which you are dealing suggests that they will consider making an allowance, it is important to establish exactly what they require for this to be the case. Some universities will be able to help you directly but if not it is vital to ascertain both whether they will consider dyscalculia to be a condition that allows for extra time or support in undertaking the maths test, and if so, the level of evidence they require.
In these circumstances it is common for universities to ask for a report by an educational psychologist which will involve a one-to-one session with the psychologist and is likely to cost around £300. (It is worth getting a price before entering into a contract with the psychologist, as prices can vary, and we are now seeing prices of £400.)
However, in our view it is vital to get the university’s position on such matters expressed clearly in writing.
Preparing to take the test
Below there are details of what to do when you are ready to take the test. Please note you will need a debit or credit card to pay for the test before you start. You should also have a pen or pencil and paper ready in case you want to work things out as you proceed.
Please read on when you are ready to take the test
You can pause the test at any time to give you a break, especially if you feel worried about facing mathematical questions. You can start again later.
Calculators and other devices that can work out mathematical answers are not permitted at all in the test. You can, however, work out answers on paper or using fingers, but must not look answers up or get help.
The test costs £49.95 and this price includes the delivery to you of the resources that we feel will help you work with a friend or colleague to overcome your dyscalculia.
To proceed with the test please send a cheque payable to Websites and Blogs for £49.95 to 1 Oathill Close, Brixworth, Northants NN6 9BE
Please include your email address and we will reply, directing you to a page which will provide instructions for the test, and this will then allow you to move onto the test itself.