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[Self-Test] Dyscalculia in Adults

Could your math-related challenges be symptoms of the learning disability dyscalculia? If you’re concerned that you might have dyscalculia, take this screener and discuss the results with your doctor.

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Dyscalculia, often referred to as “math dyslexia,” is a learning disability (LD) that makes math problems confusing and daily interactions with numbers frustrating. Dyscalculia can be the cause of problems with time management, spatial recognition, and motor functions. If you’re concerned that you might have dyscalculia, answers to the questions below may give you useful information to share with an educational psychologist.

This self-test is not intended to replace the care of an educational professional in diagnosing dyscalculia. It is for personal use only.

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  1. I scored 100% Omg! Once upon a time, I always thought getting 100% was consider a Excellency grade. Boy am I wrong now. After 55 years ago. Still struggling. I haven’t recieved my diploma yet. Untill I complete my Algebra 1. How can I achieve that?

    1. I threatened to sue my college if they didn’t graduate me. I was diagnosed with dyscalculia through a dr the school sent me to.I was on the Deans List, had excellent grades, but couldn’t get through algebra. I contacted an attorney through the American With Disabilities website. Soon after they stepped in, my biology classes were used in place of my algebra requirement. I had A’s in biology.Don’t give up! Ask for help like I did!

      1. Good for you! Thank you so much for sharing this! Math was THE only factor that prevented me from even going to college. I have dyscalculia without being officially diagnosed. No doubt. I also have ADHD.

  2. The advice is to follow up by getting tested. Easily done if you’re under 18, but the subject is Adult Dyscalculia. The price, which insurance does not cover for any type of learning disability, is thousands of dollars. I’m a returning adult student giving 110% effort to pass my math courses, but only slipping by with low C grades still- just like when I was younger. Terrible test scores and hours upon hours trying to get through homework, as well as getting tutoring for these results is disheartening to say the least. I can’t afford the massive expense of getting a proper diagnosis. HELP! Please, I’m not stupid, and want to be succesful.

  3. welp Math is why I didn’t go to college. I did graduate high school but no idea how I passed pre algebra or algebra I bt the skin pf my teeth m I still don’t understand it If someone pot a gun to my head and had me do algebra problem I’d be dead. i didn’t even try when I was put on algebta II I went to my counselor to get out. Back then was told I’d never get into college (mid 1980s) if I couldn’t do this
    Oh well! I had to get math credits so just took the basic math again.I can tell time on a non digiral clock due to my age. Now tbey dont teach kids how to sign their name!I’m way too adhd, anxiety etc let’s say to fight My Adhd son who is only ODD with me. He never gets in trouble at school anf not agressive with friends except one that wouldnt keep his hands to himself he had enough and lets say they no longer hang out.

    I went to Business school aftergraduating. I struggled thru business math. My boss wouldalways find mistakes on my monthly report ( with a calculator????) until coworker taught me auto sum feature in excel. so i do n
    haveto calculate much less. i bave to double Check too much behind Adhd is annoying I stull can mess it up ugh. I told him my matg is akin to his spelling. please fotgive errors here I have trouble typing over the phone😑😣

  4. I’m 38 years old and I scored 79%. I remember in first grade we had to count to 100. Everyone else in the class was done and long gone to somewhere maybe recess. I was crying and crying and much later I finally got it done. In third grade we had to memorize our multiplication and division tables. We were tested with a time limit. I remember the final time we had to take it I was the last one and all the other students were cheering me onto finish. I finished but barely. I’ve never understood math. If it’s being explained to me over and over I can’t understand what the person trying to explain it is saying anymore. It sounds like gibberish and I start crying from the confusion. My dad always got frustrated at me when he would try to show me. He was a network engineer and loved math. He loved math for electronics and space travel. He was probably incredibly frustrated at my strange inability to understand math or once I did finally get it I would forget everything within the hour.

    1. Rhat describes me to a T. I was born in 1969. I sgiykd have been hwls back in kindergarten. My mom, bless her heart, did not work wirh me before I went to kindergarten. I went to half day afternoon kindergarten. I had the sweetest young teacher who adored me. It was more like glorified playtime. I was sick the first half of the year. And we moved before the. School year was out, in March 1975. I did not start first grade until after labor day in the fall. I also got the teacher from hell, who should never have been allowed to teach young children. My dad was super smart, and math was a breeze. I was an only child. It was a nightmare. I must say that it is a relief to finally know why I can’t do math. Thank you for sharing your experience!

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