Can You Test Creativity?

When I taught Art in public school, I started the first day of the year by giving my students a “Creativity Test”.  There was nothing fancy about the test. It was a piece of paper with several rectangles, circles and triangles on the page. I got the idea to do this when I went to a workshop on teaching gifted and talented students. 

Funny how the students reacted to knowing they were being tested on creativity. Some of my students wanted to impress me with their creativity. They tried to do something unique from everyone else in the class. Then there were those that went to work coloring and were not really worried about it. These students just wanted to get the assignment over with. 

The other day I thought about that test and some of the results.   Some of the creativity test papers turned into mobiles, origami, paper sculptures, fans, or painted creations.  I enjoyed seeing what my students came up with every year.   I encouraged my students and gave every student an A just for their effort.

I decided to search the internet the other day to see if any websites had creativity tests available.  I found several.

The Art Institute of Vancouver has a test which helps you determine which side of your brain is more dominant.  The test starts out with a statement that says, “Being creative or artistic doesn’t mean you know how to draw or play an instrument. Being creative is a way of thinking, a way of viewing the world. Creative people use the RIGHT side of their brains more than the LEFT. Take the test and find out if your brain is RIGHT for a creative career.”  I found out that I am almost equally balanced.  I was 53% left brained and 47% right brained. Click here to take their creativity test.

The Enchanted Mind website has a test which is a little different.  They give you letters and numbers in a phrase and want you to figure it out.  For example: 7=D in a W.  The answer is 7 days in a Week.  Sounds pretty simple, huh?  I tried some and really got stumped. Click here to see this test. has a creativity self-assessment test that takes only about 10 minutes to take.  You can take that test here.

Indiana University has a web page with numerous creativity tests. You can spend a lot of time at this site. Click here.

Another site gives the Epstein Creativity Competencies Inventory for Individuals Test. In order to take the test you have to give your email address. That test can be found here. The site claims it takes about ten minutes to take the test and there is no wrong or right answer.

So, now you have some sites to go to if you want to test your creativity.  Let me know how you do. I also want to know if you think the creativity tests have merit. Can you really give someone a test to see how creative they are?

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