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Can You Pass the Trump Cognitive Test? Test Walkthrough!

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Trump’s Result on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment

So recently on Fox News there was a somewhat humorous exchange between President Trump and Chris Wallace, they were discussing Trump’s results on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment.

But first let’s play the Fox News Sunday clip, for context, Wallace is telling Trump about a recent Fox News poll that indicated that more people, 47%, believe Joe Biden has mental soundness to serve effectively as President, while only 43% believe the same for President Trump, and then Trump responds by talking about this test he took, which he doesn’t name but is in fact the Montreal Cognitive Assessment.

Here’s the clip:

Earlier this month Trump had spoken to Hannity about this assessment stating that he aced it and the doctors at Walter Reed Medical Center, and he said that the doctors were surprised and they told Trump that his results were unbelievable and rarely does anyone do what Trump did on the test.

What is the Montreal Cognitive Assessment?

It is a test with questions that measure attention and concentration as well as certain basic skills like being able to draw a simple picture and name animals. It’s basically a test for cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s and other things, it’s not an I.Q. test or anything like that, and in fact out of the total 30 points, the average score is pretty high.

Disclaimers: I’m a CPA, I’m not a neurologist or a medical doctor so I’m not going to elaborate too much on that, this is strictly for entertainment and general information, I’m not a professional, a professional person who gives this test would give it very differently, for one thing, I’m asking you to write your answers down so you can grade yourself at the end while in the real test you would be answering a lot of these questions verbally which is obviously a different thing, so needless to say this is just for fun, this is not a medical diagnosis.

Note that there are different versions of this test, but they ask the same kind of question. For example, one of the questions on the test, probably the easiest one, asks you to name certain animals, in the test you’re going to see here in a bit, one of the animals is a camel, but I’ve seen other versions of the test where a camel is not on there and an elephant is there instead, I don’t know the exact version that Trump took, but they’re all the same kind of question just with may be some details like that that are different.

Take the Cognitive Test

Now on to the test, we’re going to go through the test first and then do answers at the end.  Just note that some of these questions are very easy and others are more difficult.

Don’t want to read? Go through the test by watching the video here!

Visuospatial / Executive

1st Question

So you got your pencil and paper ready? And we’re going to be using the paper a lot so don’t use too much space for each question, first question, here it goes:

First thing I want you to do is on your screen draw a line from a number to a letter in ascending order.  Start at number one, draw a line from one to A, and then from A to 2, and so on and end here on letter E.  Get a visual image of the pattern that you drew.

pattern questions trump cognitive test

Do you know the pattern you drew, do you have a mental image of it?

So I said we would grade the test later, but we’re going to grade this one now, so the pattern you should have made should have looked like the pattern shown below, if the pattern you made in your mind looks like this then you get a point, if not, then no points for this question.

pattern result trump test

2nd Question

Next question, you’ll need pencil and paper for this one.

draw box trump cognitive test

Okay you see the design on top?  I want you to draw that design on your pencil and paper.  This isn’t a trick question, by the way.

3rd Question

You’ll need your pencil and paper as well, so on your paper I want you to draw a clock for me make a big circle and put all the numbers where they go and then set the time for the time ten past eleven.

Naming

4th Question

Now I want you to write down the names of these three animals on your paper, again, not a trick question.

animals-trump-cognitive-test

Memory

5th Question

Now once you’ve done that I’m going to read you a list of words and I want you to concentrate because I want you to remember them now and later on.

Play the audio clip and listen carefully to the words, don’t write them down while it’s playing, then what I want you do is after I’m done saying the words write down the words I said on your paper.

In the actual test, which is verbal, the test giver would read the words again and ask you to repeat them back again but since you wrote them down we’re not going to do that.

But I will ask you to remember those words again a little later, and don’t cheat when I do that.

Attention

6th Question

Here’s the next question, I’m gonna say some numbers and after I’m done saying them I want you to write them down on your paper, don’t rewind and cheat, once I’m done saying the numbers, write down the numbers I said on your paper.

7th Question

Next I’m going to say some more numbers and write them on your paper in the backward order

So you write them in the backward order.

8th Question

Next exercise, I want you to hold your pencil in your hand over a blank section of your paper, and I’m going to read a sequence of letters and every time I say the letter “A” I want you to make a mark, a line or something, on your paper so that at the end we can count how many times you heard me say the letter “A”.

When I say a different letter, do not make a mark on your paper.

9th Question

Now I want you to is write on your paper the number 100 and then I want you to count backward by sevens from 100 so start with the number 100 and count backward by sevens and write each successive number on your paper, don’t use your paper to do math, don’t do the math on your paper, do the math in your head and write down your answers on the paper.

OK so you got the number 100 on your paper, now I want you to count backwards by sevens from 100 and write each number on your paper, do it five times, so start with 100, then count backwards from 100 by seven five times, so at the end you should have six numbers on your paper, 100 and then the other five numbers that you came up with in your head by counting backward by sevens.

Language

10th Question

I’m going to read some sentences to you and I want you to listen very carefully because when I’m done I want you to write on your paper exactly what I said.

Here’s the first sentence:

Don’t rewind, don’t cheat, and write that sentence on your paper.

11th Question

I’m going to read you another sentence and same thing you say it back to me exactly as I say it to you.

Here’s the next sentence:

Don’t rewind, and write that sentence on your paper.

12th Question

Next question, I want you to write down as many words as you can that start with a certain letter of the alphabet, and you will have 60 seconds to write down these words that start with this particular letter.

So when I start the timer on screen you write down as many words as you can that start with the certain letter I will tell you.

The only rules are that proper names, names of places or people, are not allowed so you can’t say things like Bob or Boston, and you can’t say any numbers either.  And lastly make sure all the words are different so if you say a word like boat don’t say boats boating boated okay make sure all the words are unique.

I’m going to start the timer right when I say the letter, and you need to write down on your paper as many words as you can think of that start with that letter in one minute.

Abstraction

13th Question

Before we get to the next question, I just want you to think in your head how a banana and an orange are alike.

Not a trick question.

Answer: they’re both fruit.

  1. So now like you just did with a banana and an orange in your head, now I want you to write down on your paper how a train and a bicycle are alike, just one similarity is fine.  Go ahead and write down on your paper how a train and a bicycle are alike.

14th Question

Similar thing, write down on your paper how a watch and a ruler are alike.

Delayed Recall

15th Question

Now a little while ago I read a short list of words to you in a previous question and without looking at your previous answer I want you to one more time write down those words on your piece of paper. Don’t cheat and look back, but write down those words again on your piece of paper.

Orientation

16th Question

Last few questions here, now without checking your phone or computer or calendar or watch I want you to write down on your paper the date today, month, day, and year.

Next, I want you to write down on your piece of paper the day of the week it is today again without checking a calendar.

Next, I want you to write down on your paper where you are right now, just the name of the building you’re in.

Next, I want you to write down on your paper the name of the city that you are in right now.

Calculate Your Score

Now you’re all done, so let’s go back over your answers and calculate your score.  You may want maybe somebody else to grade you on this because I know for some of these it can be difficult to grade yourself, and frankly this test is properly administered by a professional so in the proper administration of this test you aren’t grading yourself, but if there’s nobody around, that’s OK, you can grade yourself, just be honest and keep track of your cumulative score, your cumulative number of points as you go.

1st Question (1 Point)

So for the first one, the very first question where you drew lines connecting the letters and numbers, either you got that one right or you didn’t, we scored it earlier, so give yourself 1 point if you got that right or zero points if you didn’t.

2nd Question (1 Point)

Next up is your drawing of the cube.  So basically if your drawing looks just like the cube, you get a point.

Here are the requirements:

  • Drawing must be three-dimensional.
  • All lines are drawn.
  • All lines meet with little or no space.
  • No line is added.
  • Lines are relatively parallel and their length is similar.

Obviously I can’t judge your drawing, but does your drawing look like the cube?  If so give yourself one point if not give yourself no points.

3rd Question  (3 Points)

Next up is the clock.  Here is what the clock should look like.  There are a maximum of three points for this, and I’m going to tell you how to calculate these:

clock cognitive test

  • You get one point for the correct shape of the clock, it basically has to be a circle.
  • You get another point for correctly placing the numbers on the clock.
  • And finally, you will get another point for correctly placing the hands on the clock like this.

4th Question (3 Points)

Now we’re onto the animals.  You get one point for each correct animal.  And the names of the animals, in order, are lion, rhinoceros, and camel or dromedary.

5th Question (0 Points)

The next question, which was basically repeating back to me the words FACE, VELVET, CHURCH, DAISY, and RED the first time, you actually get no points for that, so sorry, so let’s move on.

6th Question (1 Point)

So the next question had to do with remembering a series of numbers, the correct series is 2 1 8 5 4.  So if you wrote that down on your paper for the next question, give yourself one point.

7th Question (1 Point)

The next question had to do with remembering a series of numbers and producing them backward, so the numbers I told you were 7 4 2, and because you had to recall them backwards, the answer to the next question is 2 4 7, so if you put 2 4 7 for the next question, you get an additional point.

8th Question (1 Point)

The next question was where I read to you random letters and you had to make a mark on your paper every time you heard the letter A.  So you should have eleven marks on your paper for this question because I said the letter A eleven times during that sequence.  So you’re actually allowed one mistake for this question, so if you have ten, eleven, or twelve marks on your paper, you get one point.  But if you have any other number of marks on your paper for this question, you get no points for it.

9th Question (3 Points)

The next question was counting backwards from 100 by 7, OK, so here are the correct responses:

93, then 86, then 79, then 72, then 65.

So the way this question is scored is you get three points if you did four or five correct subtractions, you get two points if you did two or three correct subtractions, you get one point if you did one correct subtraction, and you get no points if you did no correct subtractions.

So what do I mean by correct subtractions.  Well, first of all, if you got them all right, then you did five correct subtractions, so you get three points.

Now, what if you messed up on the first subtraction, and you thought the first answer was 94 instead of 93.  But after that point you correctly subtracted seven from each number, so if your answers were 94 but then you put 87 (which is seven less than ninety-four), that’s a correct subtraction, so if you then put 80, then 73, then 66, then those last four answers you put were all correct subtractions, your first answer 94 was not a correct subtraction, but since you did four subsequent correct subtractions, you get three points for this one as well.

And to reiterate, if you did four or five correct subtractions, you get three points.

If you did two or three correct subtractions, you get two points.

If you did one correct subtraction, you get one point.

And if you did no correct subtractions, you get no points for this question.

10th Question (1 Point)

Next two questions have to do with you remembering and writing down exactly the sentence that I told you.

So next up on your paper you should have written down, word-for-word, the sentence, “I only know that John is the one to help today.”

If you missed a word or added a word or put a word in the wrong order, you get no points.  But if you wrote down that sentence word for word, the sentence being, “I only know that John is the one to help today,” if you wrote that down perfectly, word for word, you get one point.

11th Question (1 Point)

Same thing for the next sentence, the next sentence I read was, “The cat always hid under the couch when dogs were in the room.”  So if you wrote that sentence down perfectly, you get an additional point, if you messed up at all, you get no points.

12th Question (1 Point)

Next question you had to come up with words that start with the letter F and you had to avoid certain words like proper nouns, numbers, and different forms of a word, for example, you could say free as your word but then freedom and freeing wouldn’t count because they’re just different forms of the word.

Anyway, if you were able to come up with at least 11 words beginning with the letter F, that means 11 or more words, following the rules for the words that I just described previously, you get one point.

If you only came up with ten or fewer words, you get no points for this question.

13th Question (1 Point)

Now for the next couple questions you were given the example that an orange and a banana are both a like in that they’re both fruit, and you were asked to write down, first of all, how a train and a bicycle are both alike.

So although you weren’t cued into this, what the test is looking for here is abstraction, so acceptable answers here would have to do with something along the lines of a bicycle and a train are both means of transportation, you can use both of them to get some place, something like that, so if your answer was something along those lines, you get a point.

You don’t get a point if you said something like they both have wheels.

14th Question (1 Point)

Similarly, with the next question you were asked for the similarity between a ruler and a watch, what the test was looking for was that they both measure things, they’re both measuring tools, or something like this.

So if you put something along those lines, you get an additional point.

But if you simply said, oh, they both have numbers on them, you don’t get a point.

15th Question (5 Points)

In the next question asked you to recall the words that I read to you a few minutes previously in the test, so the words were FACE, VELVET, CHURCH, DAISY, and RED, so give yourself one point for each word that you recalled for this question.

Order does not matter, so if you said DAISY, RED, VELVET, CHURCH, FACE, you would still get the full five points, if you only came up with VELVET, FACE, DAISY, you would get three points.

16th Question (5 Points)

The last questions you were asked to write down very basic facts, today’s date, the day of the week, the building you’re located in, and the city you’re in.

Obviously these questions don’t have the same answer for everybody, so you would obviously check today’s date and day of the week by looking at a calendar, and you can verify the building you’re in and the city you’re in by asking somebody.

For this question you get one point for correctly writing down the date, right, like the 23rd or something like that, you get one point for correctly writing down the month in the date, such as July, and you get one point for correctly writing down the year, for example 2020, so if you got the date completely right, you would get three points, one for the actual date, the number itself, one point for the month’s name, and one point for the year.

And you would get an additional point for correctly identifying the building you’re in and an additional point for correctly identifying the city you’re in.

So if you got everything in this last bit correct, meaning that you correctly wrote down the date today, month, day, year, and you correctly wrote down the name of the building you’re in as well as the city you’re in, you would get five points total.

Now go back, and if you haven’t already, tally up your points.

Additional Point for Twelve Years or Fewer of Formal Education (1 Point)

Then add one point if you have twelve years or fewer of formal education, so basically, if you have a high school education and that’s it or less than a high school education, you add one point to your score.

So how’d you do?  What was your score?  Let me know in the comments.

Oh, and by the way, a score of 26 or above is considered normal.  That said, like I stated at the beginning, this is not the real test, the real test is administered by a trained professional, and it’s more verbal than what you just did where the test was pretty much all in writing, so don’t read too much into this.

That said, if you have concerns about your cognitive abilities, talk to your doctor about it.

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