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Simple Test Of Creativity


This test is a simplified version of most creativity tests which is based on the idea of Torrance (Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking), however a much shorter and simpler test to gauge performance of candidates before deciding to take the Torrance tests.


These tests come in two forms:

• Figural

• Verbal


The Simple Test of Creativity (Figural)

Ages: Kindergarten through Adult (ages 5 onwards)

Testing Time: 30 minutes

Administration Mode:

• Group (grades 4 through adult)

• Individual (kindergarten through grade 3)

This test is appropriate at all levels, kindergarten through adult. It uses one picture-based exercise to assess five mental characteristics with bonus points for originality:


• Relevance of Response

• Originality of Idea

• Title

• Details in Imagination

• Mental Leap


The Simple Test of Creativity (Verbal)

Ages: Kindergarten/first graders through Adult (ages 6+ onwards)

Testing Time: 30 minutes


Appropriate for first graders through adults, this test uses one word-based exercise to assess the three mental characteristics of creative thinking:

• Relevance of Response

• Originality of Idea

• Mental Leap

This exercise presents the examinee with a situation and gives the examinee the opportunity to consider product usage/improvement.



The difference between this test and other creativity tests is the use of an activity - “Brainteaser” before attempting to do the real test.  The brainteasers serve as a ‘shock-absorber’ and prepare students for the real test.  Therefore, even the slow starters are able to grasp the principles of the test.  In addition, feelings of resentment, especially for the lower-grade students, are decreased, as they feel more at ease to do the test.  There is no time limit for the brainteasers, but it should take no more than 15 minutes for each test. 


Why Should The Simple Test of Creativity be Used to Assess Creativity

The Simple Test of Creative Thinking is recommended as a baseline test and as an approximate indicator of creative strengths. Due to the fact that the Torrance Tests are rather time-consuming and may not be very cost-effective if administered within a large group, educators/managers can use the Simple Test instead to gauge the level of creativity of their students/employees. Once the levels of creativity are known, the organisation can then decide on whether to continue with the Torrance Tests for a selected group to get a detailed report of creative indicators for various purposes. In short, the Simple Test serves as an effective, time-saving and a less costly version of creative testing.