Most random words memorised in 15 minutes
Emma Alam
Pakistan (Karachi)

On 20 December 2020, memory athlete Emma Alam (Pakistan) successfully memorized 410 random words in sequence in 15 minutes. The feat took place at the 29th World Memory Championship, held from 18 to 20 December 2020 in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Competitors in this discipline have 15 minutes to memorize a series of random words in sequence and are then given 35 minutes to recall as many as possible. The words are sourced from an internationally recognized dictionary.

In this contest, the words are presented in columns of 20, and contestants score one point for each word correctly recalled and spelt. One mistake reduces the score for that column by half, and a second mistake in the same column reduces that column’s score to zero. Emma Alam was born in 2002 and started competing in memory contests in the beginning of 2019. She has competed in various national and world memory and mind-mapping championships. She holds the title of World Memory Champion 2020, having earned the highest accumulated points at that competition.