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Download the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) Alzheimer’s Test

sage testThe Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) was developed by Ohio State University College of Medicine, Department of Neurology. The test is a cognitive screening instrument used to identify Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early dementia.

The SAGE test is self-administered, so people questioning their own cognitive abilities can take the exam privately. This is good and bad, good that it may encourage some people to take the exam who might not otherwise subject themselves to being tested by a doctor, bad in that it means some people testing themselves might draw inaccurate conclusions or not have the opportunity for a professional assessment.

The test cannot be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s or dementia.

People should always consult their physician if they have cognitive concerns.

Live Science describes the test as such:

“The SAGE is designed to test various parts of the brain linked to certain functions. For example, patients are asked to identify pictures to test their language skills, and perform calculations to test their math skills, both primarily carried out by the left side of the brain. Subjects also copy geometrical designs to test their right brain, and perform memory tests. The SAGE test is quite robust compared to other handwritten tests in that it measures so many different parts of the brain, Dr. Douglas Scharre (Ohio State University Medical Center) said.

In a study involving 254 participants, Scharre and his colleagues compared the reliability of the SAGE exam with that of other standard tests used to detect cognitive problems, such as assessment by a neuropsychologist. The results show 80 percent of those with mild thinking and memory issues can be detected by SAGE, and 95 percent of those with normal thinking abilities will have normal scores.”

How to take/administer the SAGE test:

The test is self-administered. There are four forms and any form may be used (use only one). The exam should be completed without the help from anyone else. All four pages must be completed. User questions should not be answered with anything beyond “do the best you can.” The test should take about 10-15 minutes to complete, though the test is not timed. Total possible points are 22.

Download SAGE Test #1

Download SAGE Test #2

Download SAGE Test #3

Download SAGE Test #4

Download Scoring Instructions

Download Explanation of SAGE Scoring

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12 thoughts on “Download the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) Alzheimer’s Test

  1. I have done one of these 4 tests yearly for about the last 10 years. Each year, I always had difficulty with the squares/triangles part for each test, and the 1 A, 2 B, 3 C, 4 D part. Everything else came easily. Tonight I sat down with a test and those two parts of the test were easy. I couldn’t believe the 1st one so I went on to the next text. Same thing. I started thinking about my health over these years. I am a 70 yr old female diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse w/sever regurgation at age 54; repaired 2 years later. AFIB started 7 years after that and six months ago had to have a pacemaker implanted (low HR 37 and 160 3 1/2 second heart pauses in a 24 hr period). Several fall related concussisons along the way. I’m now feeling a bit relieved. Maybe my difficulties with these tests were related to lack of oxygen to my brain before the pacemaker. Will discuss it with both cardiologists at next visits.

  2. My wife has on-set Dementia She’s been tested by neuropsychologists and has prescribed medication. Are there any recommendations for Dementia. I heard China has a medication that will significantly help those with dementia. Do you know of this drug and are there any new ones available.

  3. Thanks for this information. I am a member of TOPS(Take Off Pounds Sensibly) and was doing a meeting on Dementia and Alzheimer-disease. I came across your study and am planning on using it in my talk. Thank you and very good information.

  4. Thank you very much. been looking for info. Having some issues with ‘hoarding’ from caretaking stress. Told just over load but I have had house keeping disorganiztion for years since childhood. I can keep up with showers, cooking, dishes, laundry, driving, shopping making bed, trash, cleaning out car now. Trouble with sorting piles. not huge just not useful. Wow I did well. forgot to mentally type I am done. Couldn’t fill in the answers so I did it mentally. Fun. Thanks

  5. Thanks very much. Found this in a local paper Daytona Beach News Journal.
    In the last 6 months I’ve had alot of trouble remembering a-lot. Names of people, places, I’ve known my whole life. Scary time @ 73 active years.

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