You are about to take the unabridged version of the Epstein Creativity Competencies Inventory for Individuals (or ECCI-i). This test measures four types of skills that help people express their creativity. It has been scientifically validated with a sample of more than 13,000 people in 47 countries. The test is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Thai,and German.
The test is derived from more than 25 years of laboratory and field research on creativity by Dr. Robert Epstein (follow on Twitter @DrREpstein), one of the world's leading experts on creative expression in individuals and the developer of Generativity Theory, a formal, empirically-validated theory of creativity. You can learn more about Generativity Theory and related research in Dr. Epstein's book, Cognition, Creativity, and Behavior: Selected Essays, or by downloading his chapter from the Encyclopedia of Creativity.
Most people are able to complete the test in less than 10 minutes, and there are no right or wrong answers. Just select the response that seems best. After you answer the questions, you will be given a detailed report that will give you your scores and explain what they mean. This is just the start; once you know your ECCI-i scores, there are many avenues you might pursue to improve your creativity competencies. Forty-eight games and exercises designed to strengthen such competencies can be found in Dr. Epstein's book, The Big Book of Creativity Games, which also includes an abridged, self-scorable version of the ECCI-i.
If you are conducting research and would like to collect raw data for a group that is taking this test - for a business, research study, classroom activity, or other purpose - please see our Group Testing Instructions.
If you are a manager, teacher, parent, or supervisor, you might also want to take the manager's version of the ECCI, which looks at eight types of skills that will help you elicit creativity in other people.
Before we get to the inventory itself, we'll ask you a few basic questions about yourself. Demographic information is being collected for research purposes only and will be kept strictly confidential.
To make sure the scoring is accurate, be sure to fill in all the blanks!