Whether you feel your memory is unreliable or performing reasonably well, the chances are that it is already in fairly good shape. But it is likely that no one has shown you how to access its true potential. Self-doubt may have crept in as you become conscious of forgetting people’s names, where you left your wallet, or that new PIN for your credit card. If you are interested in memorizing number, you can read how to memorize historical dates and other important data.

This first step will measure how good or indifferent your current memory power is through several tests. Write down your answers and keep track of your scores in your notebook.

Don’t worry if you score poorly at first, as I am confident you will make rapid progress.

TEST 1: Words

Allow yourself three minutes to study the following list of 20 words. Write down as many words as you can recall. The order is not important. Score one point for each word you can recall correctly, then move on to the next test. You might be interested in how to learn a new language.


TEST 2: Number Sequence

Study the following sequence of 20 digits for three minutes. In this test the order is important. In your notebook write down as many numbers in the correct sequence as you can before a mistake is made. Score one point for each correct digit. This is “sudden death”, in other words, if you recall all 20 digits but the fifth digit is incorrect, your score is four. Good luck!

5 0 3 6 7 4 4 0 9 2 8 2 0 5 7 6 7 1 2 9

TEST 3: Shapes

Below you will see the same shapes you have just memorized, but in a different order. Try to number them in their original order (that is, as shown on the previous page, but without referring to that page). Score one point for each correctly numbered shape.

shape test


You can also play online memory testing games



TEST 4: Binary Numbers

Allow yourself three minutes to memorize the following sequence of 30 binary numbers, then in your notebook try to write down as many of these numbers as you can before a mistake is made. Score one point for each correctly remembered binary number. Again, this is “sudden death”: if you recall the first five digits correctly, then make a mistake on the sixth digit, your score is five.

1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1

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Dominic O’Brien