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Screening for Specific Learning Difficulties

Screening and Assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties

Many students will have been diagnosed before arriving at university. However, a number of those with an undiagnosed Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) will find that their difficulties become more apparent when studying at university level and they may benefit from screening or assessment. 

In the first instance, we recommend that students complete a screening questionnaire, which helps identify indicators of an SpLD. 

After you submit this form, an advisor will contact you with further advice. If there are sufficient indications of an underlying SpLD, a full diagnostic assessment would be recommended. 

You can always discuss your situation, in confidence, by making an appointment to speak to one of our advisors.  

For further advice about screening and assessment, you can visit the pages of the British Dyslexia Association. 

If you have been advised to have a full diagnostic assessment, or you need an updated report, please see our SpLD assessment information sheet 13.10.21 for details of qualified practitioners locally, and nationwide.

Assessments may cost upwards of £350. However, if paying for an assessment will cause you financial difficulty, there is additional funding available. Please see the links below for further information and advice about financial help:

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/financialhelp/

https://www.exeterguild.org/advice/

If you have been advised to have a full diagnostic assessment, or you need an updated report, please see our SpLD Information Sheet for details of qualified practitioners both local, and nationwide.

Assessments may cost upwards of £350. However, if paying for an assessment will cause you financial difficulty, there is additional funding available. 

The Success for All Fund is open for students in financial difficulty for a variety of reasons, and when awarded can cover diagnoses and specialist equipment. 

Exeter's Students' Guild offer all students advice with finances, especially with funding available to them for diagnistic costs. 

You can read more about what to expect from our Marking Guide - information for students‌.