Four Ways to Measure Creativity
There are multiple assessment tools today that have been created solely for the purpose of assessing creativity. Some assessments are in the form of questionnaires across a broad range of domains, while others are specific to everyday activities. Other assessments require self-reporting while other assessments require students to perform specific tasks to be assessed with a scoring criterion. I have chosen tests that measure thinking, achievement, behavior and beliefs. The four assessment tools that I will discuss include the Creative Achievement Questionnaire (CAQ), the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT), the Biographical Inventory of Creative Behaviors (BICB), and the Creativity Domain Questionnaire (CDQ). Out of the above mentioned assessment measures, the TTCT has been around the longest and is most widely used but the SOI is the oldest measurement tool.
Creativity Domain Questionnaire (CDQ)
Unlike other questionnaires, this assessment tool measures a person’s beliefs about their creativity (Silvia, Wigert, Reiter-Palmon, & Kaufman, 2011). A person can view themselves different than another onlooker can which of course can prove to be a negative factor when predicting validity of this assessment. The CDQ requires a person to self-report using a scale of 6 points to self-assess their creativity in 56 areas. A revised version of the questionnaire, CDQ-R, limited the number of domains and allowed for grouping of these 21 domains into four categories. Chemistry, drama, crafts and teaching are domains that this test assesses, but they are grouped with other similar domains for better analysis of scores. One positive result of this test is the validity it has proven to have in predicting personality. A persons belief about their own creativity also shows that persons willingness to try to and adapt to thing, even if it is only in their own mind.
Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT)
This test is based on divergent thinking and requires both verbal and nonverbal responses culminated to makeup the assessment. TTCT is a time limited test with the verbal portion taking 45 minutes and the nonverbal portion taking 30 minutes to administer (Zeng, Proctor, & Salvendy, 2011). TTCT provides scores for mental characteristics such as fluency and originality, but can be scored as well on creative strengths, some of which include articulation and fantasy. The Torrance test is the best known test of its kind as it not only “measures creativity, but serves to foster people’s creative thinking” (Zeng, Proctor, & Salvendy, 2011, p. 29) as well.
Creative Achievement Questionnaire (CAQ)
The CAQ test is similar to the TTCT as it also measures creativity by the use of multiple domains, but it measures a person’s accomplishments in those 10 domains. Each domain has 8 levels to measure a person’s creativity in a particular domain, starting with 0 meaning no experience. Some of the domains include culinary arts, dance,...