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Short Term Memory Test

Take a good look at these words and try to memorize them. Then, click "start quiz" and try to type them back in.
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First submittedSeptember 27, 2017
Last updatedSeptember 5, 2018
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level ∞
Sep 27, 2017
My strategy to get 15: Make up a "story" involving each group of 2 to 3 words. Then you can remember each story and easily recall the words.

You can probably put the last column of five into your echoic memory and quickly type them as soon as you start the quiz.

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level 75
Dec 17, 2017
That's almost what I did actually. A cute ruby opal crossed the bridge south over King Stream to the gym by the ocean, Jetpunk wand memory party glide.
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level 51
Dec 17, 2017
How about just trying to remember them without any gimmicks.
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level 64
Dec 17, 2017
It is often much easier to use some kind of mnemonic. There's a reason the people who win memory contests use them. I know someone like that and he can tell you about countless tricks for different scenarios. He once was in a German TV show betting he could identify every city in the world with a population above 500,000 by its satellite photo – and he won the bet (well, it was a sample of five pictures, not every city, but still). Actually, now that I think of it, he'd do really well on Jetpunk.
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level 55
Dec 17, 2017
Gimmick? Dude, that's a valid memorization technique. Are you arguing that anything else (including outright wrote memorization) isn't a "gimmick"? Because that's absolutely inaccurate if you are. Gimmick-ahoy, me buckos!
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level 79
Mar 12, 2018
Yeah, because I'm sure *you* never remember anything because you've made associations to other things in your brain. Geez....
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level 82
Jun 9, 2018
Of course it's a valid memorization technique. There's just no reason to use it if you only have to store 15 items of information. We're not trying to remember 10,000 digits of Pi here.
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level 67
Feb 28, 2019
Man, why so judgy? The "reason" is that we find it easier to do it that way. For many people, it's easier and faster to remember one narrative sentence than fifteen unconnected words. I mean, good for you if you don't do it that way, but what does it matter to you if other people do it differently?
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level 60
Dec 17, 2017
That tip really helped! This is what I made: On a private jet, a lobster with a diamond wand watched a person named Vince golf. He cheers every time he saw a snail or a deer. Then he sat on his rug, looked at his leg, and drank milk. then he realized his tricycle was rusting so he ran home to his garden. :)
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level 65
Dec 18, 2017
Here's what I did: Gym Rocket, the lobster pope, is prim and proper. The crying king played basketball in Avocado Valley. Fashion Dog was sent to rainy Chimp Gulag.
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level 40
Dec 19, 2017
mine was- prince zodiac climbed the east rock fjord in potato shoes made of platinum and jumped the olive. Jacob the spider smelled kale and celery. A story makes it much easier to remember, my problem came when I forgot how to spell fjord :P
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level 38
Sep 18, 2018
I just remembered them. By categories/associations (chain of common ideas or sounds) or just position, but I didn't find it very hard. (I did get 15...chin, corn, plutonium, president-castle-horse-shepherd-cape-dude-pope-mass-mother, memory, nevermore, sink) I guess I just have that kind of memory.
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level 56
Dec 17, 2017
clever englands hndu spade viking go to paris spade spade cup with wealthy empty euro chicken
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level 65
Dec 17, 2017
Exactly right. I did a couple cold, and only retrieved about 7 or 8 words. When I started making up stories, it became simple. I was even able to do it after being interrupted and returning to the quiz just before the time ran out.
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level 43
Dec 17, 2017
I do a little song with a beat
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level 57
Dec 18, 2017
that's what i did too. learned about it in ap psych last year—we watched a video of a guy who remembered all the parts of a half-hour speech with a minute-long story. (i forgot a piece of my story so i got 13/15, but still better than i probably would've gotten without any sort of tricks lol)
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level 59
Aug 12, 2019
Don't mean to be rude. But don't people do this automatically?? I am surprised to hear that people "heard about it somewhere" or never heard of it and only doing it after hearing the tip here.

Don't you automatically make things up to remember them better?? I am honestly surprised. I always make links to remember things better. (It can be all sort of things, alliteration, association (a puppy in the garden for instance), wordlength, genre (two types of vehicles for instance) )

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level 35
Aug 23, 2018
mine was: the mustang and the turkey was very hip, so they ate lots of kale by the plum wearing a bonnet and a cap in the steep door.
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level 32
Sep 19, 2018
yes, cricket bag, radish pizza, turkey in berlin, plum shirt, a salt fjord and a vampire named adam playing basketball which is a game played with a leather ball. :()
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level 57
Feb 10, 2019
Tried that strategy (was own plan:) and it worked well for 15! Great idea for a quiz!
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level 75
Feb 28, 2019
I got pretty easy words to do that with - monkey/banana, window/glass, mother/bear, water/steam, Tokyo/Jakarta, then funk, snooker, zodiac, record, and lamp weren't that difficult to remember singly.
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level 59
Aug 12, 2019
didnt link funk with record? ANd I instaly think of lamps above the snookertable (sterotypically those green colored ones)

And ( still without searching for a link, it just what i see/hear when I read it) my mind links zodiac with lamps via stars

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level 22
Mar 1, 2019
This is actually the way people are able to solve Rubik's Cubes blindfolded. They come up with 2 letters for every corner and make stories to easily recall what their letter pairs are.
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level 68
Aug 27, 2019
I have no idea what a lobster-dress is, but it helped me memorize my story okay!
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level 79
Sep 27, 2017
I was trying to picture a Greek giraffe sitting on the toilet before going to bed...
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level 60
Sep 27, 2017
This is really cool! I love making these sort of tests on Jetpunk!
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level 83
Sep 28, 2017
This is one of the most unique quizzes on the site. Kudos for creating this. It's fun, and frustrating :) You really have to look at the words for awhile before you start the quiz.
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level 51
Sep 28, 2017
Eistein should be Einstein, shouldn't it?
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level ∞
Sep 28, 2017
Fixed
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level 66
Sep 28, 2017
Was "dotard" included because of Kim Jong-un?
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level ∞
Sep 28, 2017
I plead the 5th.
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level 62
Oct 2, 2017
Probably the best you can do in that situation
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level 43
Oct 2, 2017
Amazing idea! I want to see a sequel, but with countries!
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level 60
Oct 11, 2017
Here's my story! A man from "Harvard" went to a "Russia"n "Palace" and "saw" a "bird" and a "rabbit". He went to "Liverpool", "France" and bought "grapes". Then he heard his "uncle" went to a "talent" show and saw a "duck"'s "leg" on a "boat". I got 100%!
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level 43
Dec 17, 2017
Or just write down all of the words prior to clicking the start button - did it in 33 seconds.
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level 50
Dec 18, 2017
What's the point i that?
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level 59
Aug 12, 2019
WHat?!?!
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level 71
Dec 13, 2017
Great quiz! Really stretches the brain different ways
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level 57
Dec 17, 2017
Could we have a yellow-box version of this quiz? Instead of making a story, I try to visualize something with lots of details related to the word I'm trying to remember, and then I "place" my images at every corner on a specific route I have been traveling very often. This way you will be able to not only remember the words in the right sequence, but you can do it both backwards and forwards.
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level 30
Dec 21, 2017
Here it is
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level 68
Dec 17, 2017
An elephant on a hill plays on a rust-colored snooker table using a key while a wealthy raven sits on a throne as a rabbit tries to sell him Jupiter. Meanwhile an eagle with one hand in his jacket talks to a witch with steam coming out her ears. 29 seconds.
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level 59
Aug 12, 2019
Sounds like a cool story :)
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level 50
Dec 17, 2017
There was a palace in the West , an awesome ant, shark, bird and hamster lived there. They grew tomatoes standing, and served them in a plate. A blue mansion was beside the palace.
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level 71
Dec 17, 2017
Wow. I only got 4.
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level 55
Dec 17, 2017
I managed to get 15 on the third try. The easiest way for me was to utilise the fact the words are split into three columns of five. From there I'd make three stories, each from five words. Example; bonnet, spinach, bus, highway, cheek - The cheek of someone to put spinach on the bonnet of a bus on a highway.
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level 66
Dec 17, 2017
I just made up three stories too. My stories were: 1. You can buy a PEPPER in HOLLAND in a PUBLIC SPACE for a EURO. 2. A GOAT makes GOULASH with CABBAGE underneath a PINE in SCOTLAND. 3. In LIVERPOOL, a soccer player makes a GOAL with a GLOVE wearing a KILT near a THRONE.
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level 51
Dec 17, 2017
A HORSE with a POTATO TOOTH had TASTE for SISTER SUSAN's OAK tree, but never liked the CROWN GIRAFFE with a knack for catching FRISBEEs. On RECORD, the HEART will beat one HUNDRED times a minute when on a BOAT, unlike the SOUL.
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level 75
Dec 17, 2017
I found simply writing the words down on separate piece of paper a helpful technique.
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level 62
Dec 17, 2017
Technically, that's cheating.
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level 43
Dec 17, 2017
That is the point.
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level 66
Dec 17, 2017
A bizarre pink cricket in a red box on the ceiling pounded the Trojan knife as it snored
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level 38
Dec 17, 2017
a ghost wearing a cape and waving a napkin recited poetry to the choir. Then a viking wearing a jacket came in through the window and shouted boo. then he remembered he had to go to the salon so he soared there then snored as his head rested on the furniture
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level 54
Dec 18, 2017
Anyone else just visualize the 3 columns in their head and recall the words from memory? I read them top to bottom 3 times and recalled all 15
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level 34
Jun 9, 2018
same dude . why is everyone going through the trouble of writing a story?
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level 67
Feb 28, 2019
Because different people's memories work differently. Some people have very good visual memory and can "read" the words from their memory of the grid. Others are auditory learners, and would probably do best if they recited to words to themselves a few times in order to feel the flow and rhythm of them. Still others find it easiest to remember things if there is some sort of a narrative involved, making it essentially one thing to remember rather than fifteen.
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level 59
Aug 12, 2019
Because "reading them from top to bottom 3 times" is more trouble for some than simply connecting the words.

It isnt even about good or bad memory. reading a list over and over again can be more of a chore and even more time consuming than (deliberately or not) using your imagination and seeing it as a story or a picture.

For me personally that happens instantly, so reading the coloms "pounding" the words in is more trouble. Plus that way it often leaves the brain just as fast as it went in. When you would ask for the words in a week or something, you might remember 2 at most. While those that made the story (they do need to remember atleast 1 word for the memory to get triggerd) will be able to retell 80-100%

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level 59
Aug 12, 2019
And the reason they write it down here is because they want to share there experience and the interesting stories it brought forth. I like reading them. The world could use a bit more colorfull imagination.

I added colorfull, because a lot of people are allready good at imagining stuff, but not the creative inspirational stuff. But imagining other people don't matter, that they have more right to something than someone else, imagine that will allways be others to pick up their figurative mess, so why would they care etc etc.
On the flip side, their are people that imagine their are worth nothing, they imagine they look horrible, they imagine they have no right to anything..

So there is allready a lot of imagining going on. unfortunately, not the kind that can bring joy and growth.

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level 19
Feb 28, 2019
Same
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level 46
Dec 22, 2017
I just copied and pasted.
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level 57
Jun 9, 2018
Cheater
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level 59
Jun 9, 2018
i made up "vince at wikipedia has wealthy dishes of oil he puts in his purple sink" and then i associated sink with water, and water with rain.
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level 59
Jun 9, 2018
third try, i got 13.which i'll take because my memory worked a lot better this time.
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level 66
Sep 18, 2018
My suggestion for this quiz would be to limit the amount of time that takers have to see the words before they have to answer - if that's technically possible. Otherwise it is too easy to memorise the lot by whatever means and score 100%.
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level 59
Aug 12, 2019
this is not true. If this was the case you would be able to memorize 1.000 words without any difficulties.just look at them for several hours.. It is about short term memory! so how long you can retain the info as soon as you dont see it anymore.

And I am not sure what you mean by "byany means necessary" you have got memorizing and you have got cheating. If the "means" you are referring to involves writing it down or taking a picture etc, that is simply cheating. If you mean memorizing it the way that works for you, in a row, alphabetically, as a rhythm/song or making combo's that make sense to you. (like dog+ball And tank+highway).

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level 59
Aug 12, 2019

It doesnt get easier the more time you have. looking at it 1 min or 10, does not make you be any better. you do need a bit of time to let the word set in though, so like 10 seconds ( or whatever time it takes to read them al once would be to short, because by the last you have forgotten the first (well that one usually sticks..) I think you need about 5 seconds per word, to make the word sit and stay, instead of hold and let go ( if you make connections you could need less, because for instance you are remember dog+ ball as one, so only need the time for those combined)

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level 18
Sep 18, 2018
I got 100%. I separated the words into three silly sentences. The crazier the sentence is, the easier it is to remember. The witch dude peppered Susan's leg like a genius, the fish scones clubbed rock, and then JetPunk feels grape throats to the east.
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level 67
Feb 20, 2019
I grouped the rows, making five images: a hundred jalapeno warts, a bear memory plate (like a commemorative plate of a bear?), a cheetah curtain in the garage, a lime rabbit in the study, and a west African chimp. (That last one was admittedly easy to put together, by coincidence.)
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level 43
Feb 20, 2019
How I remembered the words: The door to Germany is not lined with a kilt; you may as well shove a cabbage into a cartoon, or roll a grape off a roof. It is the land of pumpkins and chickens, which follow suite with celery. A zebra likes water but will be empty in Liverpool.
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level 69
Feb 28, 2019
I had a duck with a nose sitting in a palace,eating spinach out of a glass. And yes, she used the nose as a spoon.
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level 47
Feb 28, 2019
Patting my own back here, but I impressed and surprised my own self. I got it on the first go with 2:12 seconds remaining and I had only studied the words for only a short bit. I made up a little story with each word added in as I read them and I said the story over once and that was it. It's funny because I always sucked at these memory games as a kid
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level 66
Feb 28, 2019
a VIKING on a HILL fought George WASHINGTON with a ROCKET until VINCE mediated. commercial for a new ZESTY, EASY to open SODA featuring lots of GEOMETRY in a ROOM. a NORMAL CHEETAH eats BEEF until the POPE in SILK interrupts.
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level 43
Feb 28, 2019
1) EMILY wore an OXFORD in her ROOM while her CAT sat on a PLATE. 2) A WOLF wearing COTTON fought a SCORPION in a VALLEY in the RAIN. 3) A PEA and a RUBY tried to REACH the fabled HUNDRED PORCHES.
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level 59
Aug 12, 2019
How do you wear oxford? I have never heard it used as a noun, very curious to what you are referring.
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level 70
Feb 28, 2019
What?
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level 56
Feb 28, 2019
A key from the ocean walked to the north and searched up on Wikipedia a person named Olivia who is a geisha from Japan. It then took the risk to spray some acid on to an elm. It said, 'I want to hear from the hippo who lives in the castle by the beach and the turtle who lives with him'.
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level 58
Mar 1, 2019
Great idea for a quiz. Thanks QM
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level 19
Mar 1, 2019
The tip really helped
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level 22
Mar 1, 2019
Silk beef playing hockey with an islam hat on a shelf made of cotton fan with an onion rust against a dragon with a spoon in norway- arson waist(couldnt make up anything for the last 2)
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level 46
Mar 2, 2019
100%!
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level 75
May 3, 2019
I made up a story for the first two columns and then answered the third column right away. 13/15 -- pretty good for a brain injury kid.
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level 59
Aug 12, 2019
I got them all aswell and have memory issues too, it is a bit better than a few years ago, enough to hide it for others (by changing the subject for instance when i do get lost) But I notice it every second. When playing a game I allways used to keep score, now adding 15+8 can take 5 seconds instead of 0.05 but what seems an eternity to you others don;t notice.

Thankfully I can read, somewhat.., again, because it was by the 4th word I had already forgotten what I had read. And actually same with talking, talking felt rather pointless because after a few words I didnt know what I was saying anymore :/ I still often lose track of what I was gonna say but it isnt a total blank/black hole anymore, just like when someone cant think of a song, just out of reach. only that several times an hour (with more complicated stuff, personal or explaining a viewpoint, as opposed to talking about what is happening near/around you. it is more like very few minutes. Still, loooads better than it was