The rCAB is a comprehensive battery for the measurement of creativity. It covers the entire lifespan, with subtests for all age groups. The carefully developed subtests of the most current rCAB are customized. They are unbiased tools for various populations in diverse environments. While components of the battery address individual measurements (self-reports, divergent thinking tasks, activity checklists, and idea preferences), there are also assessments that parents, teachers, or supervisors can complete. These allow triangulation and increased objectivity. 

Perhaps the outstanding advantage of the rCAB is that it clearly distinguishes between creative potential and creative performance and has specific subtests for each of these. Thus, by providing subtests for potential and/or actual performance (e.g., creative achievements, products, performances), subtests for any specific age groups, and subtests with any particular domain (e.g., art, engineering, entrepreneurship, design, and so on), examiners and educators can assess exactly what they need to measure.

Advantages of the rCAB

In addition to the fact that the test is user-friendly and has CTS personnel available, and the fact that the rCAB is comprehensive and applicable to virtually any assessment or research question, there are numerous advantages:

  • Based on sound theory

  • Available in 10 languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, German, Dutch, Turkish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Korean, and Norwegian)

  • Norms obtained from every geographic & economic group

  • Tests can be administered individually or in groups

  • Computer administration and scoring, or paper-and-pencil

  • Immediate feedback is available on most subtests

rCAB Tests

Measures of Creative Potential and Predictions of Future Creative Accomplishment

  • Divergent Thinking Tests for any particular age

  • Figural Divergent Thinking

  • Verbal Divergent Thinking

  • Realistic Divergent Thinking

  • Problem Finding and Problem Solving DT subtests

  • Domain Specific DT subtests

  • Tangible, 3-D DT subtests for preschool children

  • SWOT Entrepreneurial Divergent Thinking

Measures of Actual Creative Activity and Creative Accomplishment
Criterion Measures


  • Fluency, Flexibility, and Originality Subscales

  • Domain Specific (e.g., Engineering, Art) Subscales

  • Versions for Parents, Teachers, and Children

Activity Checklists

  • All domains represented: Art, Technology, Math, Science, Engineering, Leadership, Crafts, Everyday Creativity, Dance, Music, Politics and Morality)


  • “Creative Attitudes and Values”

  • “Attitudes about Art”

  • “Attitudes about Flexibility”

  • “How Would You Describe Yourself? (Creative Personality Traits)”

Evaluation of Settings and Climates for Creativity: The RESC

  • Educational Settings

  • Home Environment

  • Organizational/Business Settings

Convergent Thinking (for Discriminant Validity)

  • Turkman/Runco Quick Test of Convergent Thinking (QTCT)

Other Tests and Measures

  • Observational Measures

  • Parental Evaluation of Children's Creativity (PECC)

  • Teacher's Evaluation of Students' Creativity (TESC)

  • Parental Survey of Child's Attitudes and Activities

  • Idea Preference Measures (choices and values for creativity subscales)

Requirements for Ordering the rCAB

Although the rCAB does not contain tests of sensitive information and only assesses (a) the potential for creativity, and (b) past creative achievements, standard controls for testing are in place. The rCAB should be administered by trained personnel or someone trained by CTS staff. Licenses and certification can be arranged. The same goes for scoring; and in fact it is highly recommended that CTS score all tests. Training is available, however, if someone has the background. In addition to administration and scoring, the rCAB is only sold to trained researchers, educators, counselors, or other professionals in similar positions. Graduate students can request the rCAB, and in fact research versions are available, but these are given permission on a case-by-case basis. In sum, anyone wishing to purchase, administer, or use the rCAB in any way should write CTS, describing their intent and background. The CTS staff will grant permission or make a decision within 2-3 days.