TL;DR: I have a learning disability. I want to use modern mnemonic techniques to “beat” the standard screening test for this disability. I expect this will have positive effects outside the parameters of the test. Theoretically, is this even doable?
I’ve slowly been using mnemonic techniques to outwit my learning disabilities. I’m able to memorize math facts with memory palaces combined with images that represent numbers and / or short equations. Encoding is slow, but retrieval is not. For me, this is huge.
The inability to memorize math facts is a neurodevelopmental disability called dyscalculia, a close cousin dyslexia. The more headway I make at internalizing math facts (for the first time in my life!) using mnemonic techniques the more I keep thinking…
The standard screening test for dyscalculia is something called the Butterworth test. Basically, it’s a screen full of dots in various configurations that flashes on screen for a few seconds and goes away. The person being screened must provide an accurate (or near accurate) count of the total number of dots to pass. The test gets progressively harder as it goes.
Dyscalculia sufferers fail because dot clusters beyond a certain number or in unusual configurations can’t be estimated intuitively. Dyscalculia sufferers fail, usually badly. A neurotypical person will have much less difficulty with this kind of test. I would personally live to beat this thing using modern mnemonic techniques.
Is there a mnemonic technique that would be helpful in this kind of scenario?