Ages: 5-0 to 14-11Testing Time: 30 to 40 minutesAdministration: Individual or Small Group
The Profile of Creative Abilities (PCA) is a measure of creative ability. It is specifically designed to (1) identify students gifted in the area creative thinking, (2) monitor progress in classes of creative thinking, and (3) serve as a research tool. It was normed on a sample of 640 individuals in 11 states: Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. This reliable test is efficient and cost-effective. It takes under an hour (approximately 30-40 minutes) to administer. Students between the ages of 5-0 and 14-11 may be tested either individually or in small groups.
Models of Creativity
PCA is based on two models of creativity. The first is based on J.P. Guildford's (1959) Structure of Intellect (SOI), consisting of an organized set of abilities used to process information. The SOI model includes three dimensions, which determine different types of intellectual abilities: operation, content, and product. Guilford believed there exists six major groups of core creative abilities, necessary for one's creative endeavors:
The PCA consists of two subtests, each measuring two aspects of divergent production.
The 36-item rating scale measures creative abilities, domain-relevant skills, creativity-relevant processes, and intrinsic task motivation. Each item is scored using a 4-point Likert scale based on the degree to which the child exhibits each behavior described in the item. The rating scale can be completed by an educator (School Rating Scale) or by a parent/guardian (Home Rating Scale).
Complete PCA Kit Includes: Examiner's Manual, 25 Summary and Scoring Booklets, Picture Booklet, 25 Student Forms, 25 Home Rating Scales, and 25 School Rating Scales, all in a sturdy storage box. (©2007)