• Did you struggle to learn maths as a child, even in primary school, and despite extra help?
  • Have you always had trouble with fast recall of basic addition or multiplication? (e.g. 8+7=?, 7×6=?)
  • Do you find that numbers sometimes seem like meaningless symbols to you?
  • Do you have trouble estimating, for instance, how much your supermarket shop is going to cost or about how much 236 + 564 is?
  • Do you struggle to understand everyday numbers such as statistics in the newspaper or your financial statements?

If you answer yes to all or most of these questions as an adult, you could have dyscalculia.

For an official diagnosis, you would need a professional cognitive assessment.


  • Children with dyscalculia fall behind early in primary school, and may develop anxiety or a strong dislike of maths.
  • In secondary school they are likely to struggle to pass maths and science courses and find their career options reduced.
  • As adults they may earn less, and have difficulties managing their everyday finances.