The MMSE test

The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) is the most commonly used test for people worried about memory problems, dementia and its progression.

What is the MMSE test?

The MMSE test can be used by clinicians to help diagnose dementia and to help assess its progression and severity.

It consists of a series of questions and tests, each of which scores points if answered correctly.

The MMSE tests a number of different mental abilities, including a person's memory, attention and language.

How is the MMSE test used?

MMSE is only one part of assessment for dementia. Clinicians will consider a person's MMSE score alongside their history, symptoms, a physical exam and the results of other tests, possibly including brain scans.

The MMSE can also be used to assess changes in a person who has already been diagnosed with dementia. It can help to give an indication of how severe a person's symptoms are and how quickly their dementia is progressing.

Again, results should be considered alongside other measures of how the person is coping together with clinical judgement.

What happens during a dementia assessment?

Read our guide for more information on what happens during an assessment for dementia.

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