Frontier - Diagnostic Tests for Clinicians
We have developed a range of tests to help clinicians accurately assess cognitive function and diagnose frontotemporal dementia in patients.
If you would like to know when these tests are updated or changed, please email us with your contact details so we can keep you informed.
Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination-III (ACE-III)
- Please use the ACE-III instead of the ACE-R
- Sentence writing and clock drawing has been updated in the Administration and Scoring Guidelines.
Mini-Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (M-ACE)
Our new mini ACE assesses orientation, memory, animal fluency and clock drawing. It is scored out of 30. We recommend two cut offs: 25/30 and 21/30. Download M-ACE here.
Normative data required
We are expanding and dividing our normative data into age groups and educational levels. If you can provide normative data for control participants aged over 75, please contact .
- Download Frequently Asked Questions here
- Download a list of publications related to Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination here.
If you have any other queries, please email
FRONTIER Executive Screen (FES)
This short bedside screening instrument tests the integrity of executive function. FES measures verbal fluency, inhibitory control and working memory. It takes five to ten minutes to administer.
For further reading, see ‘FRONTIER Executive Screen: A brief executive battery to differentiate frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease’.
The Sydney Language Battery
The Sydney Language Battery is a computer program that tests language at a single word level. There are 30 nouns with three or more syllables within the battery. Words are ordered with decreasing frequency and are graded into three broad levels of difficulty.
Download the test here.
For further reading, see ‘Distinguishing subtypes in Primary Progressive Aphasisa: Application of the Sydney Language Battery.’
Frontotemporal Dementia Rating Scale (FRS)
The FRS is an interview-style test that measures what stage of the illness patients are in and how severe the symptoms are.Download the FRS here.
Cambridge Semantic Battery
The Cambridge Semantic Memory Test Battery is a collection of tests that use the same 64 items across six categories to assess semantic memory. Download the test here.
For further reading, see The Cambridge Semantic Memory Test Battery: detection of semantic deficits in semantic dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Cambridge Behavioural Inventory (CBI)
This questionnaire examines patient behaviour. Download it here.
For background literature, see:
- The Cambridge Behavioral Inventory: Validation and Application in a Memory Clinic.
- The utility of the Cambridge Behavioural Inventory in neurodegenerative disease.
Kissing & Dancing Test
This test measures semantic knowledge about verbs by using pictures and words. You can purchase this test by emailing .
Repeat & Point
This cognitive test allows you to quickly distinguish semantic dementia from progressive non-fluent aphasia patients.
Download the test here.
Previous versions and additional non-English tests
If you require a test in a language other than those available here to download, or you would like to access a past version of a test, please email