Montreal Cognitive Assessment

What do cognitive tests really evaluate

Cognitive tests have been making headlines after president Trump has repeatedly boasted about his test results. But what do they really assess and what are they really like? Read the article for more insight.

  • The test can measure different skills depending on how they are administered.
  • These tests evaluate if a person has a cognitive decline or impairment.
  • Seniors are the most likely to need a cognitive test since they have a higher risk of dementia or Alzheimer.

NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, confirmed that the cognitive test doesn't evaluate a persons intelligence or IQ. According to the Alzheimer’s Association the test is required by the Medicare annual visit for people over the age of 65.

Keith Fargo, the director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer's Association says early detection may help treat and reverse cognitive decline.

Different forms of the test evaluate different things

What is the test really like?

The test may vary between 3 and 15 minutes in length. The person can be asked to draw a clock and mark the handles at a certain time, or memorize a list of words and repeat them minutes later. "The questions are designed to be sensitive to changes in thinking and memory that may be early indicators of (mild cognitive impairment) or dementia" explained Fargo. If the person shows signs of cognitive problems they are referred to a specialist. 

What the Montreal Cognitive Assessment really evaluates

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