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Assessing Creativity Test 71

Test Number 71
Title Thinking Creatively with Sounds and Words
Author Torrance, E. P; Khatena, J. ; Cunnington, B. F.
Category Test
Copyright Date 1973
Availability From publisher
Restrictions  
Age/Grade Level Grade 3-adult
Cost $37.65 plus $23.40 for audio cassette, for either form (must specify form and level)
Forms IA and IB for students Gr 3-12, Forms IIA and IIB for adults (ie., ages 20+).
Source Scholastic Testing Service, Inc.
Address 480 Meyer Rd. Bensenville, IL 60106-1617
Phone 800-642-6STS
Fax 630-766-8054
web or e-mail www.ststesting.com
Definition Based on the author’s analysis of the importance of metaphor and imagery in creativity.
Purposes The tests were designed as training activities for creative thinking and tests of originality. Includes two instruments: Sounds and Images, and Onomatopoeia and Images
Characteristics Generating Ideas Openness and Courage to Explore Ideas

Manual
Good The manual is well-organized and clearly-written. Includes discussions of the measure’s target populations and uses, norms, validity and reliability evidence, and instructions for administration and scoring.

Validity
Fair Reports data for each test, but overall validity evidence is quite limited.

Reliability
Fair Inter-rater for Form A .88 to .97, Form B .95 to .97. Needs additional data regarding stability.

Utility
Good This test may be administered to individuals or groups by any professional who has read the material. The directions are clear, the test untimed. It requires 30 to 35 minutes to administer, 20 minutes with experience. It is composed of two tests. Scoring is done locally by hand.

Interpretation
Poor There is very little information to guide the user in interpretation or application of the results. The user must be familiar, therefore, with other literature on creativity and imagery to interpret the results appropriately. The instrument is probably better suited for instructional use than for identification.

Propriety
Poor Not addressed

Reviews & Related Lit
MMY #9, 1985: Fox, L. H. “In conclusion, given the possible lack of stability over time as found in one study, and the need for more validity research, I strongly concur with the authors’ decision to maintain the research status of the test. Use for identification of students for special programs is clearly not warranted.”


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