What Is the Standardized Mini-Mental State Examination?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 9, 2020 6:25:12 PM ET

The standardized mini-mental state exam, or MMSE, is a series of questions that health professionals use to gauge a patient's everyday mental skills and determine the presence of dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Association. The maximum possible score is 30 points, with a score of 20 to 24 indicating mild dementia, 13 to 20 indicating moderate dementia and less than 12 indicating severe dementia. A patient with Alzheimer's typically loses two to four points each year on the MMSE.