Understanding Your Score

At this point, you should have a score from the visual memory test:

(*If you do not see a score below, or if one or both scores say "false", this means you did not complete the visual memory test. Use the back button on your browser to go back and complete the visual memory test. You may have noticed that there were a total of eight "students" in the chess club. Four of these students won every match they played, and four lost every match they played. Thus, it was possible to learn to predict the outcome of every match -- if you learned which students were "winners" and which were "losers". The test continued until you correctly guessed the winner of eight consecutive matches, or to a maximum of 120 trials. Your score is the number of trials it took you to finish the game -- so a low number is good (8 is the best you could achieve, 120 is worst). Most healthy people who play this game finished within an average of about 20-25 trials. If you took fewer than 14 trials, you did better than 75% of than other people taking the test. If you took more than 60 trials, you did worse than 75% of the other people taking the test.

If your scores are at least as good as the average, congratulations!

What if your scores are lower than the average? Don't panic. Remember, this is not a valid test of memory conducted under clinical conditions by a trained neuropsychologist. It would take several hours for a neuropsychologist to conduct all the tests that would give you a clear picture of your memory. No one self-test can do the same job. But there are some simple reasons why a healthy person might do poorly on this test.

Remember, this test is not meant to diagnose memory problems. It is for information and education only. If you would like a complete evaluation of your memory, speak to your doctor or healthcare professional about getting a full cognitive assessment from a clinical neuropsychologist.

Return to main memory test page .

Return to Memory Loss and the Brain newsletter.