Memory Self-Tests

 

We've implemented two simple tests of memory: a test of verbal (word) memory and a test of visual (picture) memory. After you take each one, you'll be given your scores, and you can see how those scores compare against other people who have taken these tests in our memory research laboratory.

Two notes of caution:

1. These simple tests should be used for your own amusement, to see how your memory "stacks" up against others. They are no substitute for real neuropsychological assessment of memory, which can only be obtained at the hands of a licensed professional in a clinical setting. A bad score on these tests does not necessarily mean there is anything seriously wrong with your memory -- only a full assessment can determine that. (More information on what the scores mean is available at the end of the tests.)

2. In memory, like everything else, practice makes perfect. You can take these tests as many times as you like -- but your scores will probably improve with practice. This does not mean your memory is "getting better" -- only that you have remembered some answers from last time. So, take these tests seriously the first time, because those are the scores that will best reflect your true abilities.

 

Verbal Memory Test


This is a test of verbal (word) memory. It will take about 10-15 minutes, depending on how quickly you answer. You will need to concentrate, so make sure the room is quiet and that you will not be interrupted during this time. The test has three parts. At the end of part 3, you'll be able to see how you scored compared to other people who have taken this test.

Click to begin the
verbal memory test.

 

Visual Memory Test


This is a test of visual (picture) memory. It will take about 10-15 minutes, depending on how quickly you answer. You will need to concentrate, so make sure the room is quiet and that you will not be interrupted during this time. At the end of the test, you'll be able to see how you scored compared to other people who have taken this test.

Click to begin the
visual memory test.


 

For some simple tips on getting the most out of your memory in everyday life, visit our newsletter at www.memorylossonline.com and check out the "Memory Tips" in each issue.

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