DASH - Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting, Product Range

Assess handwriting speed - a suitable test for providing evidence for Access Arrangements for Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Tests and for General Qualifications.
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DASH Record Forms, blue pack of 25 forms
£55.20 £46.00

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Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH) 

A suitable assessment for providing evidence for access arrangements for Key Stage 2 and 3 National Curriculum Tests and for General Qualifications.   


  • Quick and easy to administer
  • UK standardisation scores for normative comparison for Access Arrangements
  • Ability to assess for planning and composition skills
  • Supports the planning of targeted intervention programmes.






Complete kit includes:

  • examiner’s manual
  • laminated reproducible test cards
  • a timer
  • 25 record forms
Supplementary Products
  • Record Forms (blue PK 25)


The DASH includes five subtests, each assessing a different aspect of handwriting speed.The subtests examine:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Precision skills
  • The speed of producing well known symbolic material
  • The ability to alter speed of performance on two tasks with identical content
  • free writing competency. 

Standardisation: Standardised subtest and composite scores are provided, based on a nationally stratified normative sample of over 500 children collected across the UK in 2006.

Age Range: 9 years to 16 years 11 months




Administration: Group or individual

Time testing: Complete battery: maximum 30 minutes

Author: Anna Barnett, Sheila E Henderson, Beverly Scheib and Joerg Schulz

Publication Year: 2007

Publisher: Pearson Clinical

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