Why colleges are embracing neurodiversity tests

Assessing neurodiversity through psychometric testing can uncover a diverse range of learning needs, and can identify forms of support to boost access to apprenticeships and employability. Julia Belgutay talks to colleges and providers embracing the tests, which some believe will soon be an entitlement – rather than an option – for students

Colleges and neurodiversity tests

Icould not help feeling some nerves. I had never taken part in any kind of psychometric testing, and I had no idea what to expect. But there I was, sitting at my laptop preparing – like thousands of apprentices across England – to take a test that is currently taking the sector by storm.

It is a 30-minute psychometric assessment, designed to be built into the initial evaluation of new apprentices. The test assesses whether a learner is neurodiverse. This term covers a range of neurological conditions, from ADHD and the autistic spectrum to dyslexia and dyspraxia. The results of the assessment ...

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