All our assessors hold an APC (Assessment Practising Certificate). An APC underpins a specialist teacher’s qualifications and competence, enabling them to undertake full diagnostic assessments for Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties.
When arranging an assessment, it is important to ensure the assessor holds an APC as it is not a mandatory requirement but demonstrates a commitment to quality and an up-to-date knowledge of assessment procedures.
Assessments by Sarah Beard are conducted through our sister company SJB Assessments Ltd. We also use experienced subcontractors Cathy and Tara who work through their own companies.
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Full Diagnostic Dyslexia Assessment for Children and Adults
From £480-£510 depending on location
A Diagnostic Dyslexia Assessment, either for children or adults, consists of a full range of tests to assess underlying ability, attainment in spelling, writing, reading and numeracy, and a range of underpinning tests to assess working memory, speed of processing and phonological awareness. The assessment takes around three hours and can be administered over one or two sessions.
Following the assessment, a detailed report is written. If required, a feedback consultation can be arranged by phone or video conferencing.
A deposit of £80 is required when the booking is confirmed, and the remaining fee is due on the day of the assessment.
If dyslexia is not diagnosed or a report is not required, the client has the option to decline the report and will only have paid for the deposit and assessment.
The assessment can be conducted at our office in Orpington or Croydon or online for ages 13+
Our online assessments via zoom can are split over two shorter sessions if needed.
Assessments conducted at a client's school incur an additional fee, depending on location.
Please call, text or use the contact us button below to find out the latest availability.
Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA) Assessment
For student’s studying at Higher Education Level
The Disabled Students' Allowance provides extra financial help if you have a disability or a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia. It is paid on top of the standard student finance package and does not have to be repaid. To apply for the Disabled Students' Allowance, evidence of the disability must be provided. In the case of dyslexia, this would be a current up-to-date Dyslexia Assessment conducted by a Specialist Teacher holding a current Assessment Practising Certificate (APC.)
All our Assessors hold Assessment Practising Certificates (APCs) and can assess students for DSA. A full range of tests is administered, and the assessment takes around three hours. A full report is then written in line with current guidelines. This can be submitted to Student Finance and the client's university to arrange the necessary support and resources.
Assessments can be conducted at our offices or online.
Details on the Disabled Student's Allowance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas
Exam Access Arrangements Testing
(price on application)
This assessment is for children or adults who have been diagnosed with a Specific Learning Difficulty or who have previously received Access Arrangements in either National Curriculum Tests or GSCE, GNVQ or GCE examinations. This testing can only be conducted if the school is in agreement and contact has been made between the assessor and the school’s SENCO.
If you are a school that requires Exam Access Arrangement Testing, we offer package prices. Please click here for details
Diagnostic Assessment with a Short Report For ages 6, 7 and 8 Years
Not suitable for DSA or ECHP purposes
This is a shorter dyslexia assessment for children aged 6.6 years, 7 years and 8 years old . A full range of tests are administered during the assessment: tests to assess underlying ability, attainment in spelling, writing, reading and a range of underpinning tests to assess working memory, speed of processing and phonological awareness.
A summary report ( about 12 pages ) will be produced which will contain a summary of the test results, a detailed conclusion and recommendations for support at home and school. This report cannot be used for DSA or ECHP evidence, and some schools may prefer the longer report. We ask clients to check with the school prior to the assessment that the school will be happy with a shorter report. The testing takes around 2 hours.
This assessment is only conducted by Sarah in Orpington or online and you can check availability or book using the link below.
This test assesses basic literacy skills using a range of standardised tests. It will inform you of your child’s levels of reading, spelling and writing in relation to national norms. It does not provide indications of dyslexia. A short summary report is provided.
Speed of reading
Single word spelling
Writing speed and quality
Speech and Language Assessments Therapy Assessments
We offer Speech and Language Assessments in partnership with Let’s Communicate and our Speech and Langauge Therapist, Francesca.
Assessments include a full CELF 5 assessment plus other tests as deemed necessary and a detailed report. Price £300. These can be conducted at our Orpington office or the client's home. There will be an additional charge for an assessment at the client's home.
What is Dyscalculia
Dyscalculia is a specific and persistent difficulty in understanding numbers which can lead to a diverse range of difficulties with mathematics. It will be unexpected in relation to age, level of education and experience and occurs across all ages and abilities.
Mathematics difficulties are best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and they have many causal factors. Dyscalculia falls at one end of the spectrum and will be distinguishable from other mathematics issues due to the severity of difficulties with number sense, including subitising, symbolic and non-symbolic magnitude comparison, and ordering. It can occur singly but can also co-occur with other specific learning difficulties, mathematics anxiety and medical conditions.
For ages 9-13 years
A full dyscalculia assessment takes approximately 4-5 hours and will be split over two sessions.
It includes a full range of tests including tests of underlying ability, cognitive processing, reading and numeracy. A detailed report is included with recommendations for teaching.
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For ages 7-8 years
This is a 2-hour dyscalculia screening test for children age 7-8. This includes a reduced number of tests which will identify maths strengths and weaknesses and assess if these are likely to be caused by Dyscalculia. A short report is provided ( about 4-6 pages) and provides recommendations for parents and school.
Combined Dyslexia and Dyscalculia Testing
Price on application
Approximately 60% of dyslexic individuals have difficulties with numeracy, and this is part of their dyslexic profile. Dyscalculia is a specific difficulty with maths, which is very severe and often means the student has very little concept of numbers. This assessment will identify whether numerical difficulties are related to their dyslexic profile or are the separate co-occurring Specific Learning Difficulty known as dyscalculia.
This assessment includes a full dyslexia test taking around 3 hrs. In addition, a range of numeracy tests will be administered, which take an additional 2- 2.5 hours.
These tests will be delivered over two sessions, with the dyslexia testing taking place first.