Yes, there is a dyscalculia test!
Thousands of children, teens, and adults, go through life with a math disorder called dyscalculia. Often it goes untreated. Parents say kids are lazy. Teachers complain that they’re not trying. And friends think they’re making it up.
With their parent’s permission, students can take a dyscalculia test to determine whether they are affected by it or not.
Some signs of dyscalculia can include:
- Difficulty keeping numbers in columns
- Confusion with math concepts?
- Trouble with word problems?
- Crying while doing math homework?
- Switching to addition while doing a subtraction problem or vice versa?
- Forgetting addition facts and multiplication facts?
- Failure to remember math steps?
- Changing the sequence of numerals when copying them
Older students who have difficulties with math can bring this list to the attention of their parents and teachers and ask if the adults will consider testing for dyscalculia. We have been testing students for dyscalculia for years and find these questions very helpful in determining whether testing is needed.
Students should try to provide details instead of just “yes” or “no.” Specific examples and additional comments on how the student has been coping with the problem will help.
The school can evaluate if a student has a math disorder by comparing his abilities to his score on a math assessment. When a significant discrepancy occurs, schools will provide remediation. When a school modifies math courses to better match the student’s needs, math becomes easier. With this modification for a math disorder, students often achieve at or above the level of their peers.
The following six strategies often help right away:
- Keep numbers in columns by turning lined paper sideways so the lines become vertical guides.
- Cover up all columns except those being worked on.
- Use a calculator when appropriate.
- Circle the + , –, or other arithmetic signs before doing the computation.
- When working on a word problem, write down the information and what you’re trying to solve for. Use whatever method works best for that task such as making a list, drawing, or underlining.
- Stay on task when doing math problems by talking to yourself out loud if you’re alone or sub-vocalize.
Children and teens do not have to suffer low grades and poor test scores in math. Dyscalculia Testing followed by appropriate modification at school or tutoring helps.