Welcome to the Pearson Assessment guide to Access Arrangements and the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). The three tabs include the latest guidelines and regulations, links to useful sites, and information on the tests from Pearson Assessment which are suitable.

Students undertaking full-time or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate courses, who have a disability, ongoing health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia/developmental
co-ordination disorder, dyscalculia, or attention deficit disorder can apply for extra financial help through the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).

The DSAs are grants available on top of the standard student finance, they are not means tested and do not need to be repaid. They aim to help students meet the extra costs they may encounter as a result of their disability or SpLD, and enables them to study on an equal par with other students. If your students have a SpLD they will need to take a relevant psychometric assessment and provide evidence about their:

  • Attainments in Literacy
  • Underlying Ability
  • Cognitive Processing
  • Attainments in Numeracy and
  • Motor control and Visual Perceptual Skills.

Evidence provided must be from assessments taken post-16 years and should be no more than three years old on entry to university. If an assessment was conducted before the age of 16 years, an update of the student’s skills in reading, writing and spelling, e.g. a top-up assessment, would be required.

Further information on the DSAs can be found at www.sasc.org.uk.

Tests suitable as evidence for DSA:

 

   

ART-2 

(percentiles
only)

Beery VMI 6th Ed
Reading      
Single Word Recognition      
Continuous Text Reading - oral reading    ✔  
Continuous Text Reading - silent reading       
Non-word Reading       
Listening Comprehension      
Spelling      
Single Word      
Writing      

Writing

     
Underlying Ability       
Cognitive Processing       
Working Memory       
Phonological Processing       
Speed of Processing       
Other Relevant Information       
Attainments in Numeracy       
Motor control and visual perceptual skills       ✔

 

  CTOPP-2 DASH 17+ DTVP-A
Reading      
Single Word Recognition      
Continuous Text Reading - oral reading      
Continuous Text Reading - silent reading       
Non-word Reading       
Listening Comprehension      
Spelling      
Single Word      
Writing      

Writing

   ✔  
Underlying Ability       
Cognitive Processing       
Working Memory       
Phonological Processing    ✔    
Speed of Processing    ✔  ✔  
Other Relevant Information       
Attainments in Numeracy       
Motor control and visual perceptual skills       ✔

 

 

  GORT-5 GSRT KTEA-3*** TOMAL-2
Reading        
Single Word Recognition      
Continuous Text Reading - oral reading  ✔    
Continuous Text Reading - silent reading     ✔    
Non-word Reading       
Listening Comprehension      
Spelling        
Single Word      
Writing        

Writing

       
Underlying Ability         
Cognitive Processing         
Working Memory       

Only when
an attention /
conentration
index is
obtained from
all 5 subtests

Phonological Processing         
Speed of Processing         
Other Relevant Information         
Attainments in Numeracy         
Motor control and visual perceptual skills         

 

  TOWRE-2 *WAIS-IV UK *WASI-II
Reading      
Single Word Recognition  ✔    
Continuous Text Reading - oral reading      
Continuous Text Reading - silent reading       
Non-word Reading   ✔    
Listening Comprehension      
Spelling      
Single Word      
Writing      

Writing

     
Underlying Ability     ✔  ✔
Cognitive Processing       
Working Memory     
Phonological Processing       
Speed of Processing     
Other Relevant Information       
Attainments in Numeracy       
Motor control and visual perceptual skills       

 

  *WIAT-II UK WIAT-II UK for Teachers *WIAT-III UK 
Reading     Currently under review for DSA Arrangements
Single Word Recognition  ✔  ✔  
Continuous Text Reading - oral reading      
Continuous Text Reading - silent reading   ✔  ✔  
Non-word Reading   ✔    
Listening Comprehension      
Spelling      
Single Word   ✔  ✔  
Writing      

Writing

     
Underlying Ability       
Cognitive Processing       
Working Memory       
Phonological Processing       
Speed of Processing       
Other Relevant Information       
Attainments in Numeracy    ✔    
Motor control and visual perceptual skills       

 

  *WMS-IV UK WRAT-4

WRAML-2

Reading      
Single Word Recognition    
Continuous Text Reading - oral reading      
Continuous Text Reading - silent reading     ✔  
Non-word Reading       
Listening Comprehension      
Spelling      
Single Word    
Writing      

Writing

     
Underlying Ability       
Cognitive Processing       
Working Memory    ✔  
Phonological Processing       
Speed of Processing       
Other Relevant Information       
Attainments in Numeracy     
Motor control and visual perceptual skills       

 

  WRIT WRMT-III 
Reading    
Single Word Recognition    ✔
Continuous Text Reading - oral reading    ✔
Continuous Text Reading - silent reading     ✔
Non-word Reading     ✔
Listening Comprehension    ✔
Spelling    
Single Word    
Writing    

Writing

   
Underlying Ability   
Cognitive Processing     
Working Memory     
Phonological Processing     
Speed of Processing     
Other Relevant Information     
Attainments in Numeracy     
Motor control and visual perceptual skills     

 

*** NB See Additional Guidance on the use of the KTEA-3 June 2016 at sasc.org.uk

*These tests are CL1 and only available to chartered psychologists

> Downloadable chart summarising information in table, above

 

 

 

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