南華早報
EDT2 | EDT | By JOSHUA BUT 2007-04-08
 
Testing time ahead for those who don't forget
 
Think you have a good memory? You can find out by taking a new test to be introduced in October.
 
If you pass the test, which costs HK$500, you will receive a certificate from the Hong Kong Memory Study
Association. But it has not yet been authenticated by memory authorities worldwide.
 
Association chairwoman Miki Lee Yuk-kuen, who is also a test instructor, said it needed a standard by which to
assess memory abilities.
 
Students of [memory-enhancement] courses can assess their progress by taking the benchmark test. This will help
children make the right choices concerning their later development, she said.
 
Ms Lee, who broke her own Guinness World Record by memorising a sequence of 383 picture cards in January,
said the test was based on one used in the World Memory Championship in Britain. Participants have to pass 10
disciplines by memorising names and faces, abstract images, binary digits, cards, dates, random words and
numbers.
 
The test has three classes: primary, advanced and master.
 
For the master class, 1,000 numbers must be memorised in 60 minutes and written down in two hours.
 
Certificates will be issued to those who pass the tests, but will be valid for only three years. The association said it
had not yet obtained authentication from the British authorities.
 
Association executive director Roy Lam Kin-tung said the test was aimed at raising public interest.
 
Ms Lee, one of the few Hongkongers to have passed the master class test, said training was essential.
 
Mahjong, poker and chess games are all used for training brains. A housewife may also train hers by memorising
recipes. It is a matter of interest, but you still need training, she said.
 
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