Wednesday, April 11

A test you don't need to study for

The CREAX is a creativity test that takes no more than 10 minutes.

At the end you will be given a full assessment of your creative skills. If I told you it would give you an assessment of your spacial aptitude, you might not take the test, but then you might be confused enough to answer such questions unbiasedly. Depending on your preference you might be tempted to, even unconsciously, influence your score. According to the test, getting what you want is a hallmark of creativity.

uses for a brick:
(a) hat,car,fire starter, paperweight, umbrella, porter john, thumbtack, whistle...

The image to the left is from the second time that I took the test, I wanted to see how outrageous a score was possible. probably because I am so curious.

This "brick test" or alternative uses test, has become a popular way to test creativity. I have some lurking suspicion about it. Of course the computer algorithm that scores this specific test can't delineate between meaningful answers and farce. Human scoring of such a test could be done on merit of answers, yet there is a point when answers become less about the brick and more about its actionable purpose towards other things. A brick and what?
However, I believe it does show creative to be in a situation where one of your few limited resources is a brick and to have a useful solution incorporating it into such things as surroundings and other resources. Does it show creativity to come up with hypothetical answers with meaningless outcomes? Intrinsically a brick can be used to build, but is dependent upon the number of bricks that one has. So I ask, "Why a single brick?". The notion that a single brick without others is next to useless makes the task of coming up with answers much more difficult. If this, the purpose of the test, is to give creative minds a serious challenge then I suppose it has done its job.

 I will reserve the right to credit people with creativity that can demonstrate it under truer circumstances.

 The first time I took the test as genuinely as I could, my favorite category is Paradox, "The ability to simultaneously accept and work with statements that are contradictory". This visual representation is finely adapted for a visual person.

Probably the most subjective question on the test is  this one, if still a crude metric for creativity. How is this question scored? Color theory would say that a cool color composition is next to calmness, a warm one to passion. These all seem to be harmonious color combinations suggesting that no matter which you pick you have good color sense. The compositions are nearly the same in shape except where adjacent shapes have been given the same color.

In the end I would suggest taking this test as lightly as you might one in People.