Why Divergent Thinking tests are not widely used?

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Sep 6, 2016 · 5 min read

The only problem is finding the creative talent for the global economy.

Ever since J.P Guilford and Paul Torrance pioneered the studies in 1950s, one’s creative potentials have been associated with Divergent Thinking abilities — the process or method used to create many unique ideas in order to solve a problem or open ended task. Where convergent thinking is systematic and logical, divergent thinking is spontaneous and free-flowing.

But why Divergent Thinking tests are not used as part of recruiting or employees’ training processes?

Traditional assessments focus on one-right-answer type questions. Most personality assessments are designed in likert or multiple-choice formats for the ease-of-grading and automation. Such strict formats defeat the purpose of divergent thinking approach.

Traditional striction on assessments defeat the purpose of having open-ended assessments such as Divergent Thinking tests.

One main reason that divergent thinking assessments are not well-received is the inability to grade and scale them efficiently. It required trained graders which tend to be costly and not scalable.

So far, Divergent Thinking tests are not as widely used because: they require trained graders, cause fatiguing, can not be scaled and are costly & time-consuming.

In order to accurately measure one’s Divergent Thinking abilities, one must be given a set of open-ended stimuli, scenarios and exercises. Furthermore, the responses must be graded efficiently for a large group of participants. One of the well-researched and well-known assessments is SparcIt’s Creative Thinking assessment. Unlike traditional assessment, SparcIt’s unique feature is the use of open-ended exercises and automated scoring. Using a Watson-like engine, SparcIt’s patent-pending engine, accurately and efficiently grades the participants’ responses and provide a detailed report to the participants and the test administrators. Hence, it eliminates the major factors for not using such assessments.

SparcIt’s Creative Thinking assessment is fun, fast, automated, affordable and scalable.

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