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Diagnostic assessment

Diagnostic assessment overview

This video (4:27) gives an overview of the diagnostic assessment process.  

NOTE: Since this video was made, funding arrangements have been changed. From October 2013, students are required to contribute £50 towards the cost of the diagnostic assessment

What's a diagnostic assessment for?

The purpose of a diagnostic assessment is to identify whether your concerns and difficulties with learning are due to dyslexia or other neurodiverse condition.  This is done by a series of literacy, numeracy and cognnitive tasks aimed at locating specific areas of difficulty.

Who does the diagnostic assessment?

LSE uses the services of qualified professionals who are approved to do diagnostic assessments for dyslexia and neurodiverse conditions in adults.

What happens in a diagnostic assessment?

The assessor will take you through a range of formal tests and tasks.  These are designed to explore all aspects of your literacy, numeracy and cognitive functioning including reading, writing, spelling, logic, memory, verbal reasoning and so on. 

How long does a diagnostic assessment take?

You will need to set aside 3 hours for the diagnostic assessment appointment.

Where does a diagnostic assessment happen?

Diagnostic assessments usually take place at LSE, but sometimes a student may need to travel to an assessment centre elsewhere in London.

How much does a diagnostic assessment cost?

A diagnostic assessment currently costs about £400. 

  • From October 2013, you will need to pay a contribution of £50
  • LSE is able to fund the balance from an annual budget
  • Once this LSE funding budget is used up, you would have to pay the full amount yourself.

What happens after the diagnostic assessment?

The assessor will write a report and send it to the Disability and Well-being Service.  You will be invited to an appointment with one of the Neurodiversity Service team to discuss the findings of the diagnostic assessment.  If you have dyslexia or a neurodiverse condition, an Individual Student Support Agreement (ISSA) will be created for you.

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