Information on SpLDs & Dyslexia Assessments
If you think that you may have a specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia), the Disability Support Team can help by arranging a diagnostic assessment.
The first step in the process is to complete our screening questionnaire. The questionnaire will help us to decide if you are likely to have a specific learning difficulty or if there may be other issues that could be affecting your academic work. Complete the questionnaire and return it to the same email address. You must complete all sections of the questionnaire, providing as much detail as possible.
The Learning Support Coordinator will review your responses and will then contact you to:
- Offer you a follow-up appointment to discuss your concerns in more detail
- Refer you directly for a full diagnostic assessment
Diagnostic assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)
After we have received and reviewed your screening questionnaire, you may be referred to an SpLDs assessor for a full diagnostic assessment. These assessments can only be carried out by an Educational Psychologist or a Specialist Teacher Assessor holding a current practicing certificate. King’s has partnership arrangements with a number of independent professionals who are fully qualified to assess higher education students for specific learning difficulties. After referral, you should expect an appointment to be arranged within four weeks.
A diagnostic assessment will take 3-4 hours and includes an in-depth background interview and a range of tasks and tests related to reading, writing, memory and information processing.
At the end of the assessment you will be given a short verbal feedback. The assessor will send a written report to you and also to the Disability Support Team at King’s College London within two weeks of your appointment. On receipt of your written report you should contact the Disability Support Team to arrange an appointment with a Disability Adviser to discuss the findings of the report and to discuss appropriate support.
Fees and charges
An administration fee of £50 will be charged for all students enrolling at King's from September 2019 onwards.
All other costs (and the full costs for students who joined King’s in 2018-19 or earlier) will be covered by King’s College London. Assessments cost the university approximately £350.00.
Arranging your own assessment
Although we recommend you work with any of our partners, you can choose to arrange your own assessment at your own expense. Here's a list of qualified assessors.
If you arrange your own assessment, we may consider reimbursing the cost up to a maximum of £340.00 (for applicants/offer holders this would also be subject to a £50 administration fee). Please note King's will not fund the cost of a diagnostic assessment for final year students within the last 5 months of their course.