Students with dyslexia can have a hard time taking tests. They may have a hard time explaining it on paper even though they know the answer. They may not finish tests within the allotted time because it takes longer for them to process and read written words. They may lack confidence, causing anxiety before the test. They may have a hard time organizing their thoughts to write an essay. There are some ways teachers can make test taking a little easier for students with dyslexia, no  matter what the problem. Provide a written review sheet a few days before the test. Often, teachers will review information and students are expected to take notes, highlighting what will be covered on the test. The review is frequently useless. Instead, provide written review sheets for students with dyslexia because taking notes is so difficult for students with dyslexia. Provide instead written review sheets for students with dyslexia. This allows them to listen to the review without the added pressure of trying to write notes at the same time. Let students know the format of the test ahead of time. Will this be an essay, a multiple choice, fill in the blank, true-false or combination test. 

Students with dyslexia test taking

Students with dyslexia can be more prepared if they understand what type of test they will be taking. Review by discussing main points first, then filling in with information to back up the main point. In case students understand the main concept and then can fill in the details, they learn best. Provide sample tests students can complete at home. Short sample tests with a few questions can help increase confidence. Some text books have tests at the end of each chapter. Students can use those as samples in case your test will be similar. Let the students know in case you plan to have your test be a different format. Also let them know the main idea of the question the day before the test when giving essay questions. This gives them the opportunity to start organizing information for the essay, on paper, at home. You don't need to provide the exact question, even a generalization will give them an opportunity to plan out some main points to be discussed. It can be very hard for students with dyslexia to complete essay questions "on the spot" because they may need time to organize the information. Allow students with dyslexia a quiet, distraction free place to take the test. This can be in the library or the resource room. Especially if students are nervous, they can mix up instructions or take longer to process the information. Before beginning, make sure all students understand what to do. Allow students with dyslexia extra time to complete the test. Students can come in before class, return after school or use study periods to finish a test. Read the questions to the student and write down their answers. This can be completed by you or a classroom aide.