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Resources for the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment based
Proactive and Personalised Primary Care of the Elderly


Montreal Cognitive Assessment

Purpose : Rapid screening instrument for mild cognitive dysfunction.


Admin time :  10 min.

User Friendly :  High

Administered by: Health professional


Content : One-page 30-point test. Translated to 36 languages and dialects


Author :  Dr. Ziad Nasreddine in Montreal, Canada, 1996

Copyright : Ziad Nasreddine MD, FRCP(C) Neurologist, MoCA Copyright Owner

MoCA Test Inc.

Clinical Use : Universities/Foundations/Health Professionals/Hospitals/Clinics/Public Health Institutes:
MoCA© may be used, reproduced, and distributed WITHOUT permission.
The test should be made available free of charge to patients.

Clinical Use : Commercial Entity/Pharma:
MoCA© may be used, reproduced, and distributed, WITH prior written permission and Licensing Agreement.
The test should be made available free of charge to patients. To request permission, please fill out the form below.

Web Use

The MoCA test and instructions are only to be accessed through the MoCA website ( It is therefore prohibited to post the MoCA test and/or instructions on a website.

access on MoCA website :

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  • Highly accurate. Studies have shown MoCA correctly identifies dementia about 94 percent of the time.

  • Better for early stages. People who are in the early or mild stages of dementia might be able to score high enough on other tests (including the Mini-Mental State Exam) that the score would indicate no dementia is present. MoCA has been proven effective for showing early-stage dementia, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

  • Better for Parkinson’s dementia. The MoCA is also better than the MMSE at indicating if people with Parkinson’s disease are showing signs of Parkinson’s disease dementia.

  • Is relatively quick, taking between 10 and 15 minutes to complete.


Disadvantages :

  • Must be administered and graded by a healthcare professional, so an appointment with a nurse, doctor, or therapist is required—as opposed to the SAGE and other tests that can be taken at home.

  • Does not provide a diagnosis, so it must be paired with other tests including brain scans and a neurological testing before a diagnosis can be made.


Accuracy : 

sensitivity 100% and specificity between 87% and 100% (Nasreddine ZS, 2005)

This Tool is used in Cognitive Decline

Back To : Cognitive Decline


Cognitive Decline is one of 4 sub-domains of the  

Psychological Assessment

Back To : Psychological Assessment

The PsychologicalAssessment is one of 8 domains of the

Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)

Back To : Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

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