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Table 5 Normative values for MMSE total score by age-group and sex, and educational level (low: ≤9 years, high: >9 years)

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

Age (years): 65–69 70–74 75–79 80–84 85+
Educational level: L H L H L H L H L H
Men 916 491 815 513 698 382 427 273 200 96
   Median 28 29 27 28 27 28 26 27 25 27
   5 th , 10 th† 22,24 24,26 22,23 23,25 21,22 23,24 20,22 22,24 18,20 19,21
   25 th , 75 th† 26,29 27,29 26,29 27,29 25,28 26,29 24,28 25,28 22,27 25,28
   90 th , 95 th† 30,30 30,30 30,30 30,30 29,30 30,30 29,29 29,30 28,29 29,29
   Mean* 27.8 28.6 27.5 28.3 26.9 27.9 26.2 27.2 25.1 26.7
   +/- 1 SD* 25–29 26–30 24–29 26–30 23–29 25–29 22–28 24–29 20–28 23–29
   +/- 2 SDs* 19–30 21–30 18–30 20–30 15–30 20–30 16–29 18–30 11–29 14–30
Women 1019 684 1016 693 1018 628 815 442 491 270
   Median 27 28 27 28 26 27 25 27 24 25
   5 th , 10 th† 22,23 23,25 21,22 23,24 20,22 22,23 18,20 20,22 16,18 18,19
   25 th , 75 th† 25,29 27,29 25,28 26,29 24,28 25,29 22,27 24,28 21,26 23,27
   90 th , 95 th† 30,30 30,30 29,30 30,30 29,30 29,30 28,29 29,30 28,29 29,29
   Mean* 27.6 28.4 27.1 28.0 26.5 27.5 25.2 26.7 24.2 25.7
   +/- 1 SD* 24–29 26–30 23–29 25–30 22–29 24–29 20–28 23–29 19–27 21–28
   +/- 2 SDs* 16–30 20–30 15–30 19–30 14–30 17–30 11–29 14–30 9–29 11–30
  1. Percentiles of the distribution; SD Standard deviation; * Back-transformed