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Adult Self-Assessment Tool:   Are You Dyslexic?

Fran Levin Bowman, M.Ed. & Vincent Culotta, Ph.D., Copyright , 2010, All Rights Reserved

HTTP://www.interdys.org/ewebeditpro5/upload/19160369.jpgDyslexia affects 1 in 10 individuals, many of whom remain undiagnosed and receive little or no intervention services.  For some individuals who have never been diagnosed, dyslexia is a hidden disability which may result in underemployment, difficulty navigating academic environments, difficulty on the job, and reduced self-confidence.  Even those who have been diagnosed are likely to struggle with reading or writing in some aspects of their lives.  Dyslexia is a specific reading disorder and does not reflect low intelligence.  There are many bright and creative individuals with dyslexia who never learn to read, write, and/or spell at a level consistent with their intellectual ability.

Do you think you may have dyslexia? 
Please complete the brief 10 question self-assessment tool below.

Dyslexia Self-Assessment for Adults



1  Do you read slowly?


2  Did you have trouble learning how to read when you were in school?


3  Do you often have to read something two or three times before it makes sense?


4  Are you uncomfortable reading out loud?


5  Do you omit, transpose, or add letters when you are reading or writing?


6  Do you find you still have spelling mistakes in your writing
 even after Spell Check?


7  Do you find it difficult to pronounce uncommon multi-syllable
 words when you are reading?


8  Do you choose to read magazines or short articles
 rather than longer books and novels?


9  When you were in school, did you find it extremely difficult
 to learn a foreign language?


10  Do you avoid work projects or courses that require extensive reading?



Each Question checked "yes" = 1 point Score


If you answer “yes” to 7 or more of these questions, you may have signs that indicate
dyslexia. You may want to consider seeking consultation from a specialist or a formal
diagnostic assessment from a qualified examiner.  To find a potential resource in your
area click on Find A Provider.


For more Information: See the IDA Definition of Dyslexia, information regarding Myths About Dyslexia, and
IDA Fact Sheets On Dyslexia and Related Language-Based Learning Differences