Time zones can be tricky – Be sure you’re taking your test at the right time!
So… you’ve completed the system requirements check, read our awesome blog posts, even watched the webinar. At this point, you are most likely feeling pretty prepared to successfully take your CASPer test. However, one common issue applicants have is misinterpreting their test time.
The CASPer test is based in Toronto, Canada which means that all test times for North America are based on the Eastern Time Zone (EDT/EST) and for Australia on the Australian Eastern Time Zone (AEDT/AEST). This means that the test time displayed on the TakeCASPer website and test reservation page does not always correspond to the time zone you are currently situated in, so you must account for proper adjustments if you do not live in the Eastern or Australian Time Zone region. If you were travelling, for example, your computer may still be in your previous locations time zone. However, when you are logged into your account (on the test reservation page) you are viewing the test in your local time (given that your computer is communicating the correct time zone to our system). In each case there is a time zone listed, so always double check and make sure it is your local time zone.
Let’s take John as an example. John is taking the CASPer test next Monday. On the TakeCASPer website, it states the test is at 8:00 PM EST. However, John lives in Winnipeg which is part of the Central Standard Time Zone. John is 1 hour behind EST, therefore he would actually be taking the test at 7:00 PM CST. When John logs on to the test reservation page he will see that his test is at 7:00 PM CST. If John logs into his account on the TakeCasper website at 8:00 PM CST by accident, he would be a whole hour late for his test!
If you are still unsure of when your test starts, there is a live/real-time countdown clock on the testing page. This is found on your CASPer account by going to the Test Management tab and then to the Testing Page. Please refer to the images below for reference.
Image 1: What you should see when you when you go to the Testing Page.
Image 2: Your test time corresponding to your current time zone.
Please note that we do provide a 15-minute window to start your test because we do understand that life happens, but being an hour late for your test will be considered as having missed your test. Missing a test due to a timezone mixup does not guarantee another opportunity to take the CASPer test. Moral of the story, don’t be John, check and then double check your time zone!