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Kane Learning Difficulties Assessment

Steven T. Kane, PhD; Professional Manual by Steven T. Kane, PhD, and Heddy Kovach Clark, PhD

Screens college students for learning difficulties and ADHD
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, E-Manual
Age range:
17 years and older
15 minutes
Qualification level:
No special qualifications are required, although the range of products eligible for purchase is limited. Close

Valid and Reliable Screening Test to Map Learning Strengths and Weaknesses and Identify Those who may have a LD

The KLDA quickly screens college students who may be at risk for learning difficulties and ADHD.

Features and benefits

  • Can be used in university-based student success and retention programs.
  • Self-report rating form with 120 items written at a 5th-grade reading level.
  • Measures a student’s academic strengths and weaknesses in key areas, including reading, writing, math, listening, concentration, memory, organization, time management, oral presentation, self-control, and anxiety.
  • Provides students with a comparative sense of their academic skills in relation to their peers using means, standard deviations, and percentile scores.
  • Helps identify students at risk for learning disabilities and attention-deficit disorders who may need further assessment.
  • Helps identify other issues that may affect learning, such as anxiety, memory, or functional problems like organization and procrastination.
  • Suggests recommendations for interventions and accommodations for each scale and subscale weakness.

Who Administers the KLDA?

As no special qualifications are needed to administer and the interpret the KLDA, it is used in a wide variety of settings.

  • Academic and mental health professionals working with students in community colleges, 4-year colleges, universities, and graduate schools to identify students with LDs and ADHD and recommend interventions.
  • Academic advisors, counselors, and tutors working in college and university advising, counseling, and disability resource centers.
  • Advisors and teachers working in community colleges, as these institutions typically serve larger populations of academically at-risk students.
  • Teachers, advisors, and counselors who work in First Year Experience (FYE) programs as a screener to identify students in need of academic support services.
  • Independent practitioners, such as psychologists and learning disability specialists, as a screening tool and as part of the diagnostic process