Divergent thinking

Guilford’s Alternative Uses Task

Wallas and Kogan  

Torrance Test of Creative Thinking


Convergent thinking

Insight Problems

Remotes Associations Task


Artistic assessments

Barron-Welsh Art Scale


Self assessment

Khatena-Torrance Creative Perception Inventory

How Do You Think

Things Done on Your Own

The Creativity Behavior Inventory


Creative Attitude Survey

Statement of Past Activities


Gough Personality Scale


Other Assessment

Creativity Assessment Packet

Preschool and Kindergarten Interests Descriptors

Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students



Creativity Test: Insight Problems
(For more information, contact Gayle Dow, Indiana University)

An insight problem is a problem that requires the examinee to shift his or her perceptive and view the problem in a novel way in order to achieve the solution.  There are several types of insight problems. 

The three predominant types are verbal, mathematical, and spatial (Dow & Mayer 2003).  




Marsha and Marjorie were born on the same day of the same month of the same year to the same mother and the same father yet they are not twins. How is that possible?



There are ten bags, each containing ten gold coins, all of which look identical.   In nine of the bags each coin is 16-ounces, but in one of the bags the coins are actually 17-ounces each.  How is it possible, in a single weighing on an accurate weighing scale, to determine which bag contains the 17-ounce coins



Draw four continuous straight lines, connecting all the dots without lifting your pencil from the paper.



Insight problems are scores 1 point for correct and 0 for incorrect.  On the rare occasion an examinee might create a correct solution that is different from the scoring key (see below, "Other", for complete list of insight problems and solutions), give credit.


Anyone can administer insight problems

For a complete list of insight problems

(full text download available)


Also See

Remotes Associations Task


 Dow, G.T. & Mayer, R.E. (2004).  Teaching students to solve insight problems.  Evidence for domain specificity in training. Creativity Research Journal, 16,4 389-402

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For more information about this course, e-mail:cjbonk@indiana.edu, E-Learning Professor Curtis J. Bonk,
Department of Educational Psychology, School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington.

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