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What is the "clock test" for dementia?

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The clock test for dementia assesses mental performance and is used to determine a person’s ability to recognize and set time. This test involves drawing time-related features such as a clock face and numbers, and is administered and scored by a health clinician, according to Healthline and About.com.

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Clock tests can be elaborate and are scored in many different ways. Some tests award points for the ability of the test taker to draw a clock‘s hands and numbers in the correct places according to a time selected by the test examiner, according to About.com. It is common for examiners to ask the test taker to draw a clock with a time displaying 10 minutes after 11 o'clock.

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