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[Self-Test] Dyslexia in Adults

Am I dyslexic? Take this dyslexia test to see if your lifelong reading and spelling challenges could be signs and symptoms of this common but commonly misunderstood learning disability.

Dyslexia Symptom Test for Adults

Adults with undiagnosed dyslexia often don't realize that their academic and professional challenges stem from a learning disability beyond their control. Dyslexia is also the most common learning disability in people with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). As a result, those adults may suffer from low self-esteem — incorrectly thinking they were less intelligent or didn't try as hard as their peers — and may feel as if they're not living up to their "full potential."

But dyslexia can be diagnosed at any age by a knowledgeable psychologist, diagnostic specialist or learning disability specialist. These specialists use a variety of test instruments, including the Lindamood Test (for sound and phonetics), the Woodcock Johnson Achievement Battery, and the Grey Oral Reading Test among others to detect dyslexia.

Adults with dyslexia can benefit from many work accommodations that can help them compensate for challenges and make them feel like they're performing to the best of their ability. Adults with dyslexia are often creative, intelligent, and driven — there's no reason dyslexia should hold you back from achieving your goals.

Do you think you have dyslexia in adulthood? Take the results of this dyslexia test to your doctor to see if your symptoms align with those of dyslexia. He or she can give you a referral for a more complete evaluation that can only be completed by a trained healthcare professional or learning specialist.

Created from criteria developed by the Davis Dyslexia Association International. This self-test is designed to determine whether you show symptoms similar to those of dyslexia. This test is not intended to diagnose. Only a trained educational professional can make a diagnosis. 

Do you need to read a sentence or paragraph three or four times before you “get it”?

Do you avoid situations where you’ll have to read out loud?

Do you mix up letters or forget them entirely when writing?

Do you misspell common words — misspelling them a different way every time?

Do you find yourself reading slower than most people you know?

Do you avoid projects that involve a lot of reading?

Have you found yourself turning down promotions or opportunities for advancement in your career?

Do you struggle to pronounce long words out loud, even if you know them?

Are you accused of “not listening” because you can’t summarize or recall details of a recent conversation?

Do you lose your place when reading, even if the topic is interesting to you?

Do you get lost when following directions, or confuse your left for your right?

Do you confuse or forget the names of common household objects — calling a fork a spoon, for instance?

Do you have very particular requirements for your favorite fonts, paper color, or other visuals while at work?

(Optional) Would you like to receive your dyslexia symptom test results — plus more helpful resources — via email from ADDitude?

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Updated on March 10, 2020

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  1. My husband scored 69 as well – he talks to me about it but doubt if he will take it any further as he is obstinate and does not like admitting to problems. I have been privately diagnosed with A D H D along with other NHS problems, physical and mental – he quite often criticizes my mistakes and makes me feel inadequate but I never try to make him feel bad about anything as I hate the thought of hurting or making people feel bad. He then feels bad about making me feel the way I do but doesn’t seem to learn from this. Maybe I am pathetic., maybe I don’t stand up for myself enough and maybe it’s just rejection dyslexia disphoria. I am 53 ,trained as a nurse then went into social work but suffered anxiety, Hated school couldn’t study, couldn’t speak up in groups, no self confidence after having a very happy carefree childhood. As I got older I used alcohol, substance abuse etc just to try and seem normal. After having a high powered job( which I should never have taken on) alcohol got worse and husband left me – this was like the end of the world – I wished I was dead. After various incidents etc etc my husband came back and I was so happy. But then got into legal highs – which I would have to say was the best time of my life – I felt normal happy and contented. Then I started to feel ill. To cut a very long story short was diagnosed with ME, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( by NHS) but am still waiting to see psychologist 9 months on and also various physical problems that need sorting out. Sorry for the long story but it helps to talk. Xxxxx

  2. Im 44yrs old i always had touble in school i never graduated i score a 92 and on one with numbers i scored 100 i remember when i was in kindergarten i was sent to the eye dr. And my omo was supposed to have me checked again but never did i put in slow classes til 4th grade then regular classes it was really hard to understand and comprehend i thought that i did but when it came down tp it i didnt do well i sometime write backwards oh and im a lefty my handwriting is really bad i have to really concentrate to have nice hand writing my spelling is ok except i forget letters or mix them up.

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