Creator of cognitive test Trump took, and Chris Wallace mocked, says it’s “challenging”


The doctor who created the cognitive test President Donald Trump took — the test which Chris Wallace used to embarrass the President — said some parts are “somewhat hard” and even “challenging” for most people during an interview with Dr. Seigel.

Appearing on CNN’s “Out Front with Erin Burnett” on Thursday, Dr. Ziad Nasreddine told anchor Erin Burnett that a 30 out of 30 score on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment is something only “10% of normal individuals get.” President Trump said he did get 30 out of 30.

“The White House has not released these details, but the president said he aced your test and keeps talking about it like it’s an IQ exam,” Burnett told Nasreddine after showing a clip of talking positively about his latest results. “Help us understand what is on the test.”

“Yes, Erin, this test is meant to assess cognitive functions, meaning that we are assessing which cognitive domains could be affected in neurological illnesses,” Nasreddine responded. “So we usually look at memory, at the concentration, attention, executive functions, perception. So all these skills are assessed to determine if somebody’s cognition is okay.”


The test  was developed over many years “to pick up subtle cognitive deficits that are early signs, for example, of Alzheimer’s.”

“So it is meant to be hard for patients who have a cognitive disorder,” he said. “It could be somewhat hard for somebody who is normal, especially certain questions are harder than others. Especially the five-word recall. Most patients do not get the five words. Most normal people don’t get the five words after five or ten minutes [of] delay. Most of them get 3.7 words. So it’s not that easy to go through the whole testing.”

Well, we know Biden would fail.

Nasreddine called the five-words question in particular “challenging.”

“Some people get only two out of five, three out of five,” he concluded. “It’s not everyone can get five out of five or 30 out of 30 like I mentioned before. Only 10% of normal individuals get 30 out of 30.”

Wallace could have easily found this information out and perhaps he already knew. It’s simply further proof that he was setting the President up with that interview.


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