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About CASPer®

CASPer® is a selection tool run and developed by Altus Assessments Inc. It is used by academic programs to help assess applicants for non-academic attributes or people skills.

What is CASPer?

CASPer is a form of situational judgement test.

Situational judgement tests (SJTs) are a type of psychological test which presents the test-taker with realistic, hypothetical scenarios and may ask the individual what they would do in the dilemma and why they would do it.

Situational judgement tests tend to determine behavioral tendencies, assessing how an individual will behave in a certain situation, and knowledge instruction, which evaluates the effectiveness of possible responses.


Made up of 12
sections

Each section contains a video-based or word-based scenario and three open-ended questions. Test takers have five minutes to type their responses to all three questions.

 

60-90
minutes in length

CASPer progresses from one section to the next automatically. It typically takes 60-90 minutes to complete with an optional 15-minute break halfway through.

 

Scored by a group of
human raters

Each section of a test is scored by a different rater. The group of raters reflects the diversity of the population. All raters are extensively trained, vetted and invested in the future of the profession.

Scores get sent to selected programs automatically

Once a test is rated, the score is sent automatically to the programs selected for distribution. Programs then update application statuses.

 


What does CASPer assess for?

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Collaboration

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Communication

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Empathy

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Equity

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Ethics

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Motivation

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Problem Solving

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Professionalism

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Resilience

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Self Awareness


Why do programs require CASPer?

Many programs have begun incorporating new and innovative tools like the multiple-mini interview (MMI) and CASPer®, to make sure that students are not only academically capable but also possess the suitable characteristics of someone who will likely succeed on the job.

Although there is a slight increase in resources for applicants and programs, it is helpful to incorporate a variety of different tools in the admissions process to gather a more holistic view of the applicants.

CASPer is a cost-effective tool that can be administered to all applicants, providing everyone a chance to display their people skills. Research has demonstrated that CASPer is reliable and also predicts future success in medical school, so the scores derived from the test are able to tell programs something meaningful about their applicants.

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How CASPer can help applicants

CASPer enables applicants to demonstrate their people skills earlier on in the admissions process. Typically, programs that receive several thousand applications do not have the resources to review every application in detail until they bring the numbers down to a manageable amount. This is usually done by using academic ability as a screen, such as grade point average (GPA) and cognitive test scores, such as MCAT or GRE. They usually have to set the cutoff very high to achieve a manageable number for a holistic file review. However, in doing so, they are missing many suitable candidates; ones that have the academic ability to succeed in the coursework AND ones that possess excellent people skills that are highly sought after in the profession.

By completing the CASPer test, applicants are providing programs with an insight into their people skills before the holistic review or the interview phase. This allows programs to look at more than just academic ability and make more informed decisions.