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Table 3 Normative values for MMSE total score by age-group and sex (group without dementia)

From: Brief cognitive assessment in a UK population sample – distributional properties and the relationship between the MMSE and an extended mental state examination

  Age-group (years)
  65–69 70–74 75–79 80–84 85+
Men (total) 1407 1328 1080 700 296
   Median 28 28 27 26 25
   5 th , 10 th pcntle 23,25 22,24 21,23 21,23 18,20
   25 th , 75 th pcntle 27,29 26,29 25,29 24,28 23,28
   90 th , 95 th pcntle 30,30 30,30 29,30 29,29 28,29
   Mean* 28.0 27.8 27.2 26.6 25.7
   +/- 1 SD* 25–29 25–29 23–29 23–29 21–28
   +/- 2 SDs* 20–30 18–30 16–30 16–30 11–30
Women (total) 1703 1707 1646 1257 761
   Median 28 27 27 25 24
   5 th , 10 th pcntle 22,23 21,23 21,22 19,20 17,19
   25 th , 75 th pcntle 26,29 25,29 24,28 23,27 21,27
   90 th , 95 th pcntle 30,30 30,30 29,30 29,29 28,29
   Mean* 27.9 27.5 26.8 25.7 24.7
   +/- 1 SD* 24–30 24–29 23–29 21–28 19–28
   +/- 2 SDs* 17–30 16–30 14–30 11–29 9–29
  1. * Back-transformed; pcntle Percentile of the distribution; SD Standard deviation