What is CASPer?
CASPer is a form of situational judgement test.
Situational judgement tests (SJTs) are a type of psychological test which present 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
Each section contains a video-based or written scenario and 3 open-ended questions. Test takers are asked to type in their responses within a 5-minute time limit.
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
Each section of a test taker’s test is scored by a different rater. This allows for dilution of any biases that one rater’s subjectivity may bring to the table.
Scores get sent to selected programs automatically
After completing the CASPer test, the score is sent automatically to the programs selected for distribution. Test-takers will receive confirmation of score receipt.
What does CASPer assess for?
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.
How CASPer can help applicants
CASPer allows applicants to demonstrate their people skills earlier on in the admissions process. Typically, schools 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 cutoffs very high in order to achieve that manageable number for 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 which are highly sought after in the profession.
By completing the CASPer test, applicants are providing programs with an insight into their people skills prior to the holistic review or the interview phase. This allows programs to look at more than just academic ability and helps them make more informed decisions.