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Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH 17+) - Frequently Asked Questions

Should I count 'crossed out illegible words' in the total word count for the Free Writing subtest?

Illegible words, whether crossed out or not - should not be included in the TOTAL WORD COUNT, but bracketed and all counted up to record on the record form. 
Crossed out illegible words should be counted together with the not crossed out illegible words and included in the word count of illegible words - to calculate the percentage of illegible words. 

When the manual states that “crossed-out illegible words are counted” - this comes under the sub-heading of “Totally illegible words” to indicate that the crossed out illegible words are counted together with the other illegible words.


Key Information


A reliable, age-appropriate measure of handwriting speed for students aged 17-25 years in further and higher education


Anna Barnett

Anna Barnett

Sheila E Henderson

Beverly Scheib

Joerg Schulz

Publication Year


Age Range

17 years to 25 years


Individual or Group - Complete battery: 30 minutes

Qualification Code


£115.50 (Complete kit price from)
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