In Guilfordâ€™s Alternative Uses Task (1967) examinees are asked to list as many possible uses for a common house hold item (such as s brick, a paperclip, a newspaper)

Example

Name all the uses for a brick:

1. A paperweight
2. A doorstop
3. A mock coffin at a Barbie funeral
4. To throw through a window
5. To use as a weapon
6. To hit my sister on the head with

Scoring

Scoring is comprised of four components:

1. Originality - each response it compared to the total amount of responses from all of the people you gave the test to. Reponses that were given by only 5% of your group are unusual (1 point), responses that were given by only 1% of your group are unique - 2 points). Total all the point. Higher scores indicate creativity*
2. Fluency - total. Just add up all the responses. In this example it is 6.
3. Flexibility - or different categories. In this case there are five different categories (weapon and hit sister are from the same general idea of weapon)
4. Elaboration - amount of detail (for Example "a doorstop" = 0 whereas "a door stop to prevent a door slamming shut in a strong wind" = 2 (one for explanation of door slamming, two for further detail about the wind).

*You might have noticed that the higher fluency the higher the originality (if you did "good for you!") This is a contamination problem and can be corrected by using a corrective calculation for originality (originality = originality/fluency).