The Mini-Mental State Examination - also called the Mini-Mental Status Examination or the MMSE - is a test that was first published in 1975. It is a paper-based 30-point test widely used to detect cognitive issues. The test is often criticized for being biased against the visually impaired and poorly educated people. Besides, the test is not as useful for detecting the early stages of dementia or a mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and for examining visuospatial cognitive abilities. At the same time, the test form is widely used because it is quick to perform (the whole process takes about 5 to 10 minutes), does not require any complicated equipment (you need a form, a few sheets of paper, and a pen), and allows to monitor progress of the patient's mental state over time.
The MMSE Form available for download below is a three-page document. The top part of the first page requires the name of the patient screened and the date of the test. The table that follows contains a list of questions and tasks. These questions include time and place questions, repeating words, arithmetic test, ability to understand and comprehend language, and motor skills check. The person administering the test enters the score for each type of questions and counts the total score. The second page of the form contains detailed mini-mental exam instructions. These provide a detailed explanation of how to conduct and evaluate each part of the test. A table with the interpretation of the test results is provided on the last page of the form.