Should I disclose Dyslexia

There is no legal obligation to disclose dyslexic difficulties, and many people feel that they would prefer to leave this information off a C.V. or application form because of possible discrimination.

Some application forms have a section asking about disabilities. This will usually not be seen by the people short listing applications, and is used to ensure candidates that request for adjustments to be made at interview for their disability.  Dyslexia is classed as a disability under the Equality Act, and you can tick this box should you want (although you do not have to).

If invited to interview, you can choose to disclose your dyslexia and request accommodations, such as additional time to take written tests.

Accommodations in written tests

You may request appropriate accommodations. These can include:

  • Extra time (+25%) is normal. In some cases you may need a specific recommendation from a suitably qualified assessor for particular accommodations in tests and exams
  • A hard copy of any on-screen test in a font and font size of your choice on a paper colour of your choice
  • An alternative style of assessment if you find multiple choice and psychometric tests very challenging due to dyslexia.


You may request appropriate accommodations. These can include:

  • having a list of the question areas in advance
  • requesting that the interviewers ask about only one issue at a time, and avoid multiple questions
  • that you be offered plenty of time to reply and not be hurried
  • that questions relating to events are asked in chronological order, not jumping about in time (to help your memory)
  • (If there is a case study exercise) that you are given the case study well in advance to give you time to process the information and prepare your views. You should be allowed to take your notes in to the interview.