Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)

 

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) Evaluation Summary

  What does the tool measure? Mild cognitive impairment
  What types of clients can the tool be used for? Can be used with but not limited to:

  Is this a screening or assessment tool? Screening
Time to administer The MoCA takes approximately 10-15 minutes to administer for clients with mild cognitive impairment.
  Versions MoCA (original); MoCA English (version 2); and MoCA English (version 3); MoCA (modified for individuals with visual impairments).
Other Languages The MoCA has been translated into Arabic, Afrikaans, Chinese (Beijing, Cantonese, Changsha, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Czech, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, French, Finnish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.
Measurement Properties
  Reliability – Only 1 study has examined the internal consistency of the MoCA and reported excellent levels of internal consistency.
– Only 1 study has examined the test-rest reliability of the MoCA, and reported excellent test-retest.
– No studies have examined the inter-rater reliability of the MoCA.
– No studies have examined the intra-rater reliability of the MoCA.
  Validity

Criterion:
Concurrent:
Excellent correlations with the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) have been reported.

Construct:
Known groups:
One study reported that the MoCA can distinguish between patients with mild cognitive impairment and healthy control.s.

  Floor/Ceiling Effects No studies have examined the ceiling or floor effects of the MoCA.
  Does the tool detect change in patients? Not Applicable.
  Acceptability The MoCA is not suitable for individuals with aphasia or for use with a proxy respondent.
Feasibility The measure is simple to score and only the MoCA test sheet and a pencil are required to complete the measure.
How to obtain the tool? The MoCA is available for free for educational and clinical purposes at: http://www.mocatest.org.