You should read this page before taking the test, or working with someone else who is taking the test.

1: Taking the test

This test can be taken by anyone over the age of 8. However we do suggest that all children aged 11 and under should have a supportive adult sitting with them while taking the test, and indeed, unless it causes difficulty or resentment, everyone under 16 should have a supportive adult at hand.

It should also be noted that some people who have dyscalculia also have dyslexia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and both conditions can make it difficult for these people to take the test.

For an individual taking the test but who has reading difficulties for any reason, there is no harm at all in having another person read out the questions - providing that is all that individual does. Clearly, reading the question and then offering support or help will invalidate the test.

There is also no harm in doing the test in stages if the individual taking the test loses focus or concentration after a while.

Finally, if you, or the person you are working with, finds that you go through three or four questions to which the answers are not known, it is much better to move on to the next question quickly than the spend a while trying to work out answers to questions that you cause you problems. 

2: What is in the test

Part one of the test (questions 1 to 30) deals with your attitude towards maths, how you feel about maths, and how you experience maths. You do need to complete this whole part of the test.

Part two of the test (questions 31 to 97) deals with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, shapes, fractions, decimals and time.  It should not take more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

3: Using Calculators, Pen and Paper

Calculators and other devices that can work out mathematical answers are not permitted at all in the test. You can work out answers on paper or using your fingers, but you must not look answers up or get help.

If you are working with a child you should stop the child continuing if at any time the child is distressed or losing a willingness to continue with the test. The test can be paused and you can return at any time.

4: The age of the child: a note to parents

It is possible that a child might not be able to answer certain questions because the child has not studied that element of maths in class.

The questions here cover addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, percentages, fractions, shapes, and time.  If, for example, the child has not covered percentages, fractions and shapes, then the test should be delayed until these topics have been covered at a rudimentary level.