What Is a Mini-Mental Test?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 16, 2020 10:15:41 AM ET

A mini-mental state examination, or MMSE, is a brief test to detect cognitive impairment associated with medical conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, tumors or Parkinson's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association. The health care professional asks the patient a series of questions that require commonplace mental skills.