Table 1

Criteria for grading the interlocking pentagons on the mini mental state examination18

Original criteria18:
  To be acceptable, all 10 angles must be present and two must intersect
 Tremor and rotation are ignored
Relaxed criteria:
 To be acceptable, there must be two figures that seem to be intersecting. At least one of the figures must have five angles
 Tremor, rotation, relative size, and symmetry are ignored
 Consider only lines that the patient has drawn (ignore any lines from the original model that the patient may have included as part of the copy)
 If the patient has drawn more than one copy, grade the best copy.