How are SpLDs assessed at Imperial College?
Diagnostic assessment waiting list
We are currently not providing diagnostic assessments for SpLDs (as these need to be carried out in person). However, we are in the final stages of planning the re-launch of assessments. Therefore, If you agree to have a diagnostic assessment, you will be added to a waiting list and will be contacted once assessments are ready to start again.
Should an SpLD assessment be completed before coming to Imperial College?
This can be useful as it might speed up support but there are some issues with taking this step. The report must very closely adhere to SASC guidance. Often, an omission of a key test or data set can lead to an assessment report being rejected. This is frustrating and costly but it is necessary to ensure equity and validity. Some previously completed assessment reports can be accepted but they must be presented to a Disability Advisor/ SpLD tutor or the Departmental Disability Officer for agreement. Temporary exam arrangements can sometimes be put in place pending re-assessment. Temporary study skills support can also be put in place pending completion of the full diagnostic assessment.
Full diagnostic assessments
Specific Learning Difficulties must be identified by either a psychologist or an assessor with a PATOSS practising certificate. Assessments are completed on a 1:1 basis and consist of a series of standardised ability, literacy and cognitive tasks (or tests) and an interview. The appointment lasts around 2.5 to 3 hours. You will receive a report detailing the results within fifteen working days.
In all cases, we can only partially pay the funding of diagnostic assessments if you are:
- currently fully enrolled and have contacted the Disability Advisory Service
- not on interruption of study
If you are in the final year of study, you will only be assessed if an appointment for a full diagnostic assessment is scheduled before the Easter holiday.
How much does the full diagnostic assessment cost?
The cost of a full diagnostic assessment is £375. You will be required to pay £95 towards the cost of your diagnostic assessment and the remaining amount is paid by the College.
How do I make payment?
What if I can't afford to pay?
You can apply to the Student Support Fund which may be able to fund your contribution towards the cost of an assessment on your behalf.
What happens if I fail to attend my diagnostic assessment?
Once your assessment appointment has been booked, you will be required to give us 48 hours notice should you wish to cancel. If you fail to attend your assessment and do not give us 48 hours notice, then you will be charged an additional £50 administration charge in order to rebook the assessment. This additional fee can be paid online.
When AD(H)D as a Specific Learning Difficulty is included in your assessment conclusion
If you have been assessed by an Psychologist or PATOSS Assessor at Imperial College and your report states that you have ADHD as an SpLD please note the following information:
- If you haven't already done so, you must book and attend a feedback meeting with a Disability Advisor
- Any further AD(H)D medical referrals must be made by a GP
- A GP cannot prescribe some medications such as Ritalin without a full medical assessment for AD(H)D.