So it seems to be a good time to write about test preparation and our Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) – Thinking Creatively with Pictures and Thinking Creatively with Words. Paul Torrance, believed the answer was because test prep may help students achieve entrance into a creative class or gifted program, but preparation could not increase a student’s creativity or determine how creative they can be.
The immediate question is – should we prepare students to take a creativity test? We also believe that students should not be “prepped” prior to taking the TTCT for three reasons.
(1) One of the features of test preparation is that students often learn about how to take a test without increasing their ability to master test content.
As a result, students who participated in test prep courses might receive spuriously high test scores that will cause them to be misplaced in a program for which they are not well-suited. Standardized test situations are prescribed so that all students taking the tests have the same opportunity.
In other words, all students should be seeing the test for the first time, and they should all be prepared to do their best without any extra pretest help.
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On the TTCT, “doing their best” requires focusing on showing the examiner something creative that has never been seen or thought of before.
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Costs: 0 per person Training costs include all materials (Figural TTCT Scoring Workbook, and the Figural Norms Technical Manual from Scholastic Testing Service), two days of training by our expert trainers, follow-up, personalized feedback on scoring reliability for up to five trials, and scorer certification. (If all participants have already been trained to score the TTCT-Figural) Costs: 0 per person Training costs include all training materials (Figural TTCT Scoring Workbook, Manual for Scoring and Interpreting Results and the Figural Norms Technical Manual from Scholastic Testing Service), one day of training by our expert trainers, follow-up, personalized feedback on scoring reliability for up to 5 trials, and scorer certification.
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