The Bangor Dyslexia Test (BDT) is a short, easy-to-administer screener for use with a broad age range, which has been in use in the UK for. If one could clearly define dyslexia, assessment would be relatively easy. However, since dyslexia . outlined in the Bangor Dyslexia Test (Miles, ). Bangor. The Bangor Dyslexia Test (BDT) is a short, easy-to-administer screener for use with a broad age range, which has been in use in the UK for over three decades.

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By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Connect with like-minded professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you. Bangor Dyslexia Test Discussion in ‘ Special educational needs ‘ started by amysJun 25, Hi all, I’ve joined this forum as a last resort to obtain some much needed info. My child is struggling at school and has been given the Bangor Dyslexia Test – at our request for some type of screening. If a student gets some answers within a section wrong is this classed as a positive, negative or intermediate score?

On the times table questions, what times tables should be tested for an 8 year old?

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How many points out of bagnor indicates that the student is showing dyslexic tendencies? I would be really grateful if someone could please help me. Sorry I haven’t used this test but was wondering why dyslrxia think the school has not marked it properly. WottonJun etst, I don’t think its marked properly because from the small points that I can glean from the web I think there should be a mark or at least half a mark on some of the sections and if that is the case then it would confirm our suspicion that he has dyslexic tendencies.

Also some of the tests carried out don’t seem to be in line with the instructions on the test sheet we have a copy of. I wrote you a long reply and it disappeared but you are obviously very worried and it may be worthwhile having a private assessment done on him if the school is not being helpful. Patoss have an index of tutors who will undertake this type of assessment. Do you not feel comfortable going into the school and asking them to explain the results – the dysldxia to remember is that the Bangor test is a screening test which gives an indication of dyslexia tendencies.

It is not a formal assessment of dyslexia which would require your son to undertake a range of assessments ,which would take a few hours, to pin point his strengths and weaknesses. I have seen students in my college badly let down by the system although many haven’t so it is worth pursuing this so you can have a better idea of what it is exactly that is causing your son to struggle so much. What are his main difficulties? Thanks moonpenny, We are thinking of having him privately assessed, however we would like the full and correct picture before we went down that route.

We are trying to get a meeting arranged with the school but because ‘it’s not in their interests’ to find anything wrong ie resources for extra help and the discrepancies we feel are on the bangor dyslexia test sheet, we just feel that they’re trying to pull the wool over our eyes. If we could just find out the correct procedure for marking and scoring this test it would help us when we do approach the school.


I have just been looking at a copy of the Bangor test but I don’t have the teacher’s manual as I have never used it – just copied the test for reference. I use a combination of tests to screen and decide if I should contnue with more detailed assessments on a student. I did find this on the internet. I don’t know if it will help as the report is for an older student but it also recommended that the Bangor test be used alongside other tests. Having looked through the questions on the Bangor myself myself, I would not be happy to base my opinion based purely on the Bangor test but that is just me.

I would want to use it along other tests, especially in view of the things you have said about your son and the concerns you have. Student X stated that she had major difficulties with tables at school. Student X attempted her 7x and 8x tables. Student X made errors at the 4 and 5 digit level.

Dyslexia positive indicators are sought through a series of sub-tests. It is essential that this test is not administered in isolation. There may be other reasons for scoring ‘positive’ on sub – tests and therefore the ‘Bangor’ should only be used in conjunction with a test of ability. Thanks, the info and links have been very helpful.

I have managed to source a copy of ‘The pattern of difficulties’ by T Dyslexiq Miles from which the test is taken and it seems to confirm our original suspicions.

If anyone does have a copy of this book I would appreciate knowing if the scoring is the same. Hello Autism – fancy bumping into you here I don’t do private assessments – just them for my college so have no financial incentive to say anything that isn’t true. I know this brilliant ex colleague who is like a mad professor type person and she definitely wouldn’t do them for money or say anything that wasn’t true – she goes hangor great depth.

If my child was struggling because of dyslexic type difficulties and I knew having some written evidence would help my child get the support they need, I would quite happily go along that route. From an assessor’s point of view, the fact that dyslexia is a spectrum of difficulties which vary in severity from student to student makes assessing potentially open to individual interpretation. Maybe that is the problem, rather than assessors’ setting out to mislead.

One thing that can’t be argued with is the test scores evidence – it is the interpretation of these which is the responsibility of the assessor. If someone has paid money for an assessment, I can see the potential pressure there. My experience of DSA assessments is that if the student has genuine problems relating to spld and you present the scores and a summary of difficulties, this is acceptable to sfe.

What is important is that the student gets the equipment and support they need and nearly all students taking the assessment, take up the support as they need it. I can think of one who didn’t but he had his partner giving him study skills support but he did use the equipment and he was quite clearly dyslexic. The other thing is defense of assessors is that we are a sad little bunch One colleague who used to spend lots of time discussing various issues with me has now left to be the co-coordinator of a big university.


I really miss our chats. Also assessors are heavily vetted now.

I have already had to renew my practicing certificate once since qualifying and it is up for renewal next year. This involved showing evidence of quite a few hours of relevant CPD which all has to logged in great detail. You then have to submit a report which is scrutinized dyslexja comments made about your standards of assessing and then a decision is made about whether your reports meets the required standards and believe me the people doing this put the forum pedants to shame.

It also dyslezia money. The other thing to remember is that most assessors go into the area of dyslexia out of interest in the subject, rather than to make money.

Or maybe that’s me being my fluffy, naive self as usual In fact, after reviewing my above post Plus as I am the only one who can assess at my campus there are others from our other campuses and we all see each other bantor a bit so no-one else realises just how hard duslexia time consuming it is to asess and write the assessments up and what a responsibility it is, Bngor still have to teach for my allocated hours and fit in the assessing when I can, often putting myself under greater pressure tesr I would need to if I just said ‘no’ I don’t have time Just baangor this and wondered how you had got on with your child’s assessment?

I have just come across the Bangor test being used in isolation to indicate to a family that their child is not dyslexic.

As class teacher and convinced that she is on the spectrum was upset but not surprised but a rebuff querying my motivations in questioning the result particularly when based on limited work not representative of her usual output. The tsst is now closed and the parents are to be advised there is no indication despite their being a recorded low risk. PatriciaWMar 27, I have worked with students of all ages with additional needs for many, many years.

I use the Bangor Dyslexia Test as one of a range of diagnostic tools for specific learning difficulties. Some of the questions are also scored in accordance with the age of the child.

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There is also a list of observations that are included in the scoring e. The number of positive indicators that causes concern also varied with the age of the student. Children older than 8 are normally given 6x. Children of 8 years would normally recite 2x. However, by the time I complete this assessment with a student, I have a range of information and tend to request the 2x, 2x and 4x tables.

America in ryslexia to private psychologists – a professional requires clinical qualifications rather than educational qualifications for a medical diagnosis which dsylexia is. A teacher can state that assessment indicate there may be a difficulty with I hope this is of some help. You must log in or sign up to reply here.

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