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Cognitive Impairment Testing Specialist

Shankle Clinic

Neurology Specialists located in Newport Beach, CA

Whether you’re concerned about memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, or feeling confused, William Shankle, MS, MD, FACP, and the team at Shankle Clinic use cognitive impairment testing to evaluate your thinking skills, determine if you have a memory problem, and if so, assess the severity of your condition. If you’re worried about yourself or a loved one, call the office in Newport Beach, California, or schedule an appointment online.

Cognitive Impairment Testing Q & A

What is cognitive impairment testing?

Cognitive impairment testing refers to several types of tests that evaluate your memory, thinking skills, language, and your ability to process information and learn new things.

While cognitive tests don’t reveal the underlying cognitive disorder, they accurately determine if you have trouble with your mental functioning and the extent of the problem.

When might I need cognitive impairment testing?

The team at Shankle Clinic performs cognitive impairment testing on any patient who shows signs of memory loss.

You may also need cognitive impairment testing if you’re diagnosed with a condition that causes cognitive dysfunction, such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and concussion or traumatic brain injury,

What types of cognitive impairment testing might I receive?

The team at Shankle Clinic performs several types of cognitive impairment tests, depending on the suspected problem and the severity of your symptoms.

Following a concussion, for example, they may ask a few questions to evaluate your short-term memory, long-term recall, and your ability to pay attention.

These are a few examples of the most commonly used cognitive tests:


A Mini-Cog test is typically the first one performed when you have signs of memory loss. It’s a quick test in which your Shankle Clinic provider states three unrelated words and asks you to repeat them. Then you draw a clock showing a specific time, and after you finish that task, your provider asks you to repeat the three words.

General practitioner assessment of cognition (GPCOG)

The GPCOG is similar to the Mini-Cog, but after the Mini-Cog test, your provider may ask you about current events or today’s date. Your provider also talks with someone who knows you well, asking them a variety of questions, including if they’ve observed changes in your memory or noticed if you have difficulty speaking or managing money.

Memory impairment screen

During this test, you see four words, and then you’re asked to assign each one to a category. Then you’re distracted for a short time and asked to recall the words.

Neuropsychological evaluation

A neuropsychological evaluation is an in-depth assessment of all your cognitive skills, including:

  • Language
  • Memory
  • Executive function
  • Attention and concentration
  • Intellectual capacity (IQ)
  • Brain processing speed

Your provider at Shankle Clinic may also assess behavior and mood problems, as well as psychomotor and sensorimotor skills.

If you develop signs of memory loss or you need cognitive impairment testing, call Shankle Clinic or schedule an appointment online.