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Can you pass the cognitive test that Trump says he 'aced' and we 'couldn't answer'?


Jul. 20 2020, Updated 9:46 a.m. ET

Over the weekend, Fox News released a lengthy interview between President Donald Trump and journalist Chris Wallace. The interview was applauded online for being tough and producing some incredibly awkward moments for our viewing pleasure.

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One of those awkward moments was when President Trump and Wallace sparred over a cognitive test that Trump bragged about acing.

Wallace stated: "I took the test too when I heard that you passed it ... It's not - well it's not the hardest test. They have a picture of an elephant and it says 'what's that' and it's an elephant."

President Trump argued that Vice President Joe Biden and Wallace would not be able to answer the last five questions, saying: "It's all a misrepresentation. Because, yes, the first few questions are easy, but I'll bet you couldn't even answer the last five questions. I'll bet you couldn't, they get very hard, the last five questions."

"You couldn't answer many of the questions," Trump concluded.

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Thankfully for us, the test is widely available online. 

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is the test that President Trump took as part of his annual physical. But while the test is "designed as a rapid screening instrument for mild cognitive dysfunction," it's not designed to test intelligence as President Trump seems to believe. 

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As Mashable explains: "In other words, the exam isn't an IQ test or anything even remotely close to it. Rather, it's meant to assist trained health professionals in evaluating forms of cognitive decline such as Alzheimer's. Doing well on the test doesn't mean you're smart, but rather suggests that — at least as far as the test can tell — that you aren't experiencing some form of cognitive dysfunction."

So, let's see if you can pass the test.

Instructions on the test's website ask the test take to accomplish tasks like: "Copy this drawing as accurately as you can," "Tell me the name of this animal,” and "Draw a clock. Put in all the numbers and set the time to 5 past 10."

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The last five questions, which Trump claims that Wallace could not pass, ask those taking the test to repeat two sentences from memory and recite at least 11 words that begin with the letter F in one minute. 

There's also a question that prompts the examiner to ask the person taking the test the date and the city they are currently in.

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"The examiner gives the following instructions: 'Tell me today's date.' If the subject does not give a complete answer, the examiner prompts accordingly by saying: 'Tell me the [year, month, exact date, and day of the week].' Then the examiner says: 'Now, tell me the name of this place, and which city it is in.'"

"Scoring: One point is allocated for each item correctly answered. The date and place (name of hospital, clinic, office) must be exact. No points are allocated if the subject makes an error of one day for the day and date."

While the test may be difficult for those facing cognitive decline, it isn't exactly something to brag about acing.


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