Test Your Memory

A Simple Quiz to Check Your Memory and Cognitive Skills

This simple test evaluates aspects of your memory & cognition. The quiz has two components, a performance and a historical section. This is a modified version of a quiz developed by Dr. Devi and used by in a cover article on memory.

Part 1


Part 2


Note that poor scores may be due to factors such as anxiety and inattention and not just from memory difficulties. Doing well on this simple quiz also does not ensure that you have no memory or cognitive difficulties.

The best indicator of your memory is your own assessment of your abilities. A perceived consistent change in your mental capacity is a far more sensitive indicator of cognitive difficulties than most tests, including this one. You should seek further help if this is the case.

  1. If you scored a 27 or 28, congratulations!
  2. If you scored between 22 and 26, you may have some memory difficulties that, if persistent and interfering with function, may need to be evaluated.
  3. If you scored 21 or below, and you have noticed that you have difficulty with your memory or thinking abilities of sufficient severity to interfere with functioning, you probably would benefit from a good evaluation.

We periodically update quiz to reflect current events like the names of the past five presidents. A slightly lower score may result if this area is not updated (last update Dec 2014).

Find out how your scoring was derived.