This is my first message on this site- glad to know I am in good company- it wasn't until recently that I knew there were 'others' out there. Although I have never met a real life person with Dyscalculia! I was labeled 'number blind' when I was 9 years old- can't work out from the top of my head how many years that is- but probably 20 ish years ago. Anyway- at further education college now- failed the maths test to get on the course, but I got 100% in the I.Q test and Literacy test, so they let me on, thinking that I made some 'silly mistakes' and could surely see now, how ridiculous my answers were! ( I wish). I have now had diagnostic testing and have got the official 'dyscalculic' label now, so have extra time for exams that involve numbers. However, I want to be a midwife and the universities require that I sit a numeracy test and have to get 80% before they will take the application further- I have tried the sample tests, and have extra help at college, but obviously they won't be the same questions. and even thought I have tried the sample tests numerous times, I have never got them right. My question is- would you hand a diagnostic report to the universites explaining i need extra time ( i think if I had more time I could pass the test) even though the diagnostic test is very in depth and basically tells it how it is- I can't count, add, multiply tell the time, read a map or remember anything. OR would you wing it and hope for a miracle. Am worried if they see the report and I don't get to explain myself, they will think I am a laibility and chuck my application out. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Location: Texas USA Posts: 6101 Joined: 2008-05-25
So nice to have you here. On your question about giving them your diagnosis,... once you give it to them, the cat is out of the bag. So, maybe you could give it a try, taking the test without accommodations to see how you do. How long after that would you have to wait to get to re-take the test? Will you be having to pay for each time you attempt the test? Actually, I'd be delighted if I could pass the test at all, including after giving them my diagnosis and requesting the accommodation of 'more time',... but that's just 'me'. 'Midwife' sounds like a perfectly wonderful career choice. Best wishes. - jus'