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Nat Protoc. 2006;1(5):2277-81.

Administration and interpretation of the Trail Making Test.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1425 Madison Ave., Box 1230, New York, New York 10029, USA.


Measurement of cognitive functions is an increasingly important goal for clinicians and researchers. Many neuropsychological test batteries are comprehensive and require specialized training to administer and interpret. The Trail Making Test is an accessible neuropsychological instrument that provides the examiner with information on a wide range of cognitive skills and can be completed in 5-10 min. Its background, psychometric properties, administration procedures and interpretive guidelines are provided in this protocol.

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