The assessment of whether someone is creative or whether his or her product is creative is complex. Assessments have included tests, checklists for personality and cognitive characteristics, behavioral observations, and judgment of creative products.

Divergent Production Tests

In the 1950s, J. P. Guilford developed his divergent production tests to measure the divergent production content in his Structure of Intellect. In the 1960s, E. P. Torrance developed The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, with subtests with names such as Ask and Guess, Unusual Questions, Product Improvement, Unusual Uses, and Just Suppose. The tests were scored for Guilford's divergent production aspects, such as fluency, flexibility, elaboration, transformation, and originality. The results of these subtests were factored into something called a Creativity Index, similar to a quotient, or a ...

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