Take The ‘Very Hard’ Test Donald Trump Has Been Proud Of Himself For ‘Acing’
By Mikelle Leow, 20 Jul 2020
Image via Albert Halim / Shutterstock.com
President Donald Trump is noted for his high sense of self, and has proclaimed great things about his intelligence on multiple occasions in the past. His big brain energy is backed by the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), which he has gloated to have “aced.”
However, people have discovered that the exam isn’t supposed to be difficult.
In fact, it’s an assessment health professionals use as a “rapid screening instrument for mild cognitive dysfunction” to help diagnose cognitive decline like Alzheimer’s. Unlike an IQ test, “acing” the MoCA test won’t indicate how clever you might be, but simply suggests you’re not suffering from cognitive dysfunction.
Once again, the president brought up beating the cognitive exam after an argument with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on Sunday, where he emphasized that the last five questions of the quiz “get very hard.”
Curious about the test’s difficulty level, critics have since pulled out its questions, only to discover that it doesn’t require too much racking of the brain to perform exceptionally well for it.
In one version of the test, respondents are asked to draw a clock to tell the time and copy an illustration of a bed. They also get one mark each for naming animals.
The last few questions, which Trump declared to be “very hard,” give two marks for counting forward and backward, one mark for tapping with your hand at every mention of the letter A, two marks for repeating two sentences, two points for finding a connection between two objects—such as an orange and a banana (fruit)—and five marks for recalling five words.
The final question, which awards six marks, asks respondents to state the current date, place, and city they are in.
As stated in a disclaimer at the bottom of the quiz, receiving a score of 26 and above out of 30 points just means you display “normal” cognitive abilities.
Scroll down to see how you might fare, but maybe don’t go about patting yourself on the back for passing it with flying colors.
via University of Missouri’s Geriatric Examination Tool Kit
The president said the last 5 questions on the MOCA test were very hard. Here’s the test. It asks for the similarity between a train and a bicycle and a watch and a ruler. It also asks you to identify the day, date, month and year. pic.twitter.com/yVJbN5N8KU— Jonathan Reiner (@JReinerMD) July 19, 2020
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