Adults tested for dyslexia undergo a comprehensive assessment that measures their ability in spoken language, reading fluency and comprehension, writing and spelling, says the University of Michigan. Dyslexia and associated learning disorders vary in scope, so there is no standardized test.
A thorough evaluation that leads to the most effective treatment plan needs to be conducted by a professional with significant experience in speech, language, writing and spelling development, according to the University of Michigan. Such an evaluator also helps the patient to understand the purpose of each part of the assessment, and he provides information about the harmful day-to-day effects of limited capabilities in any of these areas. In consultation with the patient and after a review of any historical difficulties the patient has experienced in the assessment areas, the provider decides which evaluations are best to help illuminate the patient's condition, cognitive abilities, and emotional and mental state.
The initial consultation determines the length and extensiveness of the assessment, advises the University of Michigan. After such decisions have been made, any questions about the particulars, purposes and goals of each category should be discussed with the evaluator to create a testing environment that enables the most helpful evaluation.