Abbreviated Mental State Test Assessment

What questions are asked when carrying out the abbreviated mental test?

The following questions should be asked:

  1. What is your age?
  2. What is your date of birth?
  3. What year is it?
  4. What time of day is it?
  5. What address/place are we in?
  6. Register a three line address and recall at the end of the test
  7. Who is the King or Queen?
  8. What year was World War 1?
  9. Count backwards from 20 to 1
  10. Identify two people (names/jobs)

Learning Bite

The patient should score one mark for each answer that is completely correct. For question 8, the first or last year of World War 1 is taken to be correct. For question 9, patients can score one mark if they make no mistakes or if they correct themselves spontaneously.