What is the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) for Dementia?

The mini–mental state examination (MMSE) is a 30-point questionnaire test that is used to screen for cognitive impairment, such as dementia. It is also used to estimate the severity of cognitive impairment at a specific time and to follow the course of cognitive changes in an individual over time.

It takes about 10 minutes to administrator and samples functions such as arithmetic, memory, and orientation. It was introduced by Folstein et al. in 1975. This test is not a mental status examination. The standard MMSE form, which is currently published by Psychological Assessment Resources, is based on its original 1975 conceptualization, with minor subsequent modifications by the authors. There are a number of different versions of this test in use today.

You can download a PDF copy here:

Mini Mental State Exam

This test is intended to be administered and evaluated by trained professionals only. No one test can confirm AD or dementia. If you have concerns, please talk to your health care professional.

~ Jennifer