1. (5 pts) What is today? (Detail as needed. Score 1 point for year, month, date, day-of-week, season.)You can download a printable version here. Recently, someone claimed a copyright on this test, so an alternate test, The Sweet 16 was developed and shown to give similar results. But now that has also been shut down by copyrights.
2. (5 pts) Where are we? (Detail as needed. Score 1 point for building, floor, city, county, state.)
3. (3 pts) Repeat 3 objects. (After being give 3 names, such as apple-table-penny or ball-flag-tree.)
4. (5 pts) Count backwards from 100 by sevens. (Stop after 93-86-79-72-65.)
Alternately, spell WORLD backwards.
5. (3 pts) Recall the 3 objects named earlier. (1 point for each.)
6. (1 pt) Identify the given object (after being shown a watch).
7. (1 pt) Identify the given object (after being shown a pencil).
8. (1 pt) Repeat "No ifs, ands, or buts".
9. (3 pts) Take the given paper, fold it, and place it on the table. (1 point for each task.)
10. (1 pt) Read "close your eyes" and do what it says. (1 point for closing eyes.)
11. (1 pt) Write a sentence. (1 point for any intelligible sentence. Ignore grammar and spelling.)
12. (1 pt) Copy a diagram of intersecting pentagons.
I post this because I object to this commonly-used test being censored from the web. The concern is not cheating by patients. If a patient is smart enough to study a similar test, then he is smart enough to pass the test anyway. No, the purpose is to put the diagnosis of dementia under the control of psychologists so that they will have authority to decide who goes free in our society.
If your kid gets an injury to the head, you might want to use some of these questions in order to test for a concussion. You do not need a psychology degree or permission from lawyers. Nobody owns counting down by sevens.