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Test Number 57
Title Similes
Author Schaefer, C. E.
Copyright Date 1971
Availability From author
Age/Grade Level Grades 4 - 16
Cost Information is not available.
Forms Two forms: 1 and 2.
Source Dr. Charles E. Schaefer
Address 540 Scarsdale Rd. Yonkers, NY 10707
web or e-mail  
Definition Emphasizes originality in literary expression.
Purposes This is intended to assess literary creativity. It tests the ability to form original metaphors and similes.
Characteristics Generating Ideas Digging Deeper into Ideas

  There is a published manual; complete information was not available for review.

Fair Concurrent validity was .32 and .58 with the verbal measures from the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking; .02 to .14 with 2 nonverbal measures on TTCT. A significant relationship was reported with teacher observation. The sample size was limited. MMY #8,

Good The correlations for split halves was reported in the .80’s. Inter-rater reliability ranged from .93 to .98. The alternate forms reliability was .60. Information on the size of the sample is not available.

Fair The test consists of 10 items asking for 3 similes each. It is untimed and can be completed in a group setting in about 15 minutes. Complete information is not available.

Fair Scoring is based upon novelty and appropriateness of response. A rating scale is provided as a guide to scoring. Responses that are novel and appropriate receive high scores. Complete information is not available.

Poor Information is not available.

Reviews & Related Lit
MMY #8, 1978: Clark, P. M. “Conceptually it is an interesting measure, and what evidence does exist encourages its continued use in research in the area of assessment of verbal creativity.” MMY #8, 1978: Frederiksen, N. “Similes would seem to compare favorably with other similar tests …the test should be used with great caution in making important educational decisions.

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