The truth about Trump’s cognitive test

The truth about Trump’s cognitive test

Peggy Drexler writes that the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test — the test Trump claimed to have aced as proof of his intelligence — is not actually a measure of smarts, but a test that determines whether one has dementia.

Acing the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test, which includes such tasks as identifying animals and drawing a clock, determines nothing other than that the taker is not suffering from mild cognitive dysfunction. (Wallace pointed out to Trump that he, too, took the test and thought it was easy.) It’s not even entirely conclusive, designed as a rapid screening test. It takes ten minutes and is not meant to be hard — unless, that is, you have dementia.

It would, it seems, be a test your average fifth grader can pass, and should not, therefore, be used (or cited) as a way to determine one’s capacity for acting as an adult, never mind serving as President of the United States of America. And while no test, other than the real world experience of being President, can really prove that someone’s up to the job, there’s other well-known tests that would be far more illuminating about the President’s capacity than the one he keeps touting.

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