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CASPer Snapshot

Casper Snapshot

What is Casper Snapshot?

With COVID-19 disrupting much of higher education, Altus Assessments wants to support both applicants and our partner programs with the addition of Casper Snapshot: a short video response tool. Given the current limitations on travel, we suspect many programs will be moving to virtual interviews and interactions for this upcoming admissions cycle. Snapshot could be a great way for them to learn more about you.

Casper Snapshot will be offered to all applicants for the duration of the 2020/2021 admissions cycle, once they have a reserved or completed Casper Test

Casper Snapshot is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your personal attributes to the programs you are applying to, especially during this time where face to face communication is difficult. This will help give the programs you’re applying to additional information to make more informed decisions on your application and who you are as an individual. Depending on when in the admissions process they review your Snapshot, it could also help increase your chances of landing an interview spot!


Casper Snapshot Format

Snapshot is a three-question one-way interview tool taken through your TakeCasper account at www.takecasper.com. Once you sign into your account you should see a prompt to complete Snapshot. You will have the opportunity to practice responding to a practice question before starting Snapshot.

Once you start Snapshot you will be asked to begin recording yourself and that is when you will see the first question. You will read the first question and respond all while being recorded. You have up to two minutes to read the question and respond.

Once completed, hit the Submit button to move on to the next question. All video recorded responses will be automatically saved. You will not have the opportunity to re-record yourself, so be sure to use the practice questions, located to the left of Take Snapshot button, as many times as you like until you are comfortable with the format.

Casper Snapshot


Knowing When to Complete Casper Snapshot

To see if any of your applied programs require Snapshot, please refer to the Dates and Fee page. Once you select your program, you will see how they plan to use Snapshot:

  • Required: This program has made it mandatory for you to complete Snapshot as part of the application
  • Not required: This program will not be considering Snapshot as part of the application
  • By invitation: This program will be using Snapshot in their application process, but only for a subset of applicants. If required, they will send you communication asking you to complete Snapshot.
  • To be announced:  Altus does not yet have information about whether or not this program will be using Snapshot in their admissions decisions
  • Optional:  This program has made the decision that it is up to the applicant to decide whether or not they would like to complete Snapshot

If you would like your responses to be considered in your application we recommend that you also complete Snapshot before the distribution deadlines stated for the schools on your Casper Test score distribution list. Programs may review your responses to help them make decisions on who to invite to interview, or use the responses as an additional piece of information to complement your application; completing Snapshot in time would benefit both you and the programs you are applying to!

Although there is no set time that you are required to complete Snapshot, those programs that have made completing Snapshot mandatory request that you take it within 10 days of completing the Casper Test.

If you’ve already completed the Casper Test and the score distribution deadline has passed for your program(s), but you have not yet taken Snapshot, that is ok! Your application will not be considered incomplete, but we do ask that you complete Snapshot as soon as possible.

Where should I take Snapshot?

Just like the Casper Test, you are able to take Snapshot from whatever location you want as long as you have a reliable internet connection.

Since Snapshot draws on audio/video recordings and is meant to mimic an interview, we highly recommend you ensure Snapshot is taken with an appropriate background if visible, and that your face is centered directly within the view of your video, as well as facing the camera at all times to ensure clear audio recording.


 

Preparing for and Completing Casper Snapshot

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Is there a fee to complete Casper Snapshot?

No. There is no additional fee for programs or applicants to take Casper Snapshot this admissions cycle.

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How do I prepare for Casper Snapshot?

Preparing for Casper Snapshot is easy.  You can take Casper Snapshot at any time after you have reserved or taken your Casper Test by logging into your TakeCasper account. Ensure your internet, microphone, and webcam are working and reliable. You will want to take into account your appearance and background, as this is an audio/video recording.

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Can I practice taking Snapshot?

There will be two practice questions available that mimic the formal Snapshot questions almost exactly so that you can familiarize yourself with the format of Snapshot. Practice answering questions as many times as you like and playback your responses so that you can ensure your audio and video are clear before completing Snapshot.

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What kind of questions will I be asked?

With Snapshot we hope to help each applicant present their communication and professional skills to programs. You can expect questions that you may be asked in any standard admissions interview. These would be questions around the topic of your character and future profession.


Applicant recording Snapshot response

Programs Reviewing Your Casper Snapshot

Which programs will see my Casper Snapshot responses?

All programs you add to your Casper Test distribution list in the USA and Canada will have access to your Casper Snapshot responses. However, this does not mean all of those programs will be using Casper Snapshot for admissions decisions. One program may decide they do not want to review Casper Snapshot and another program may decide they do want to review Snapshot as part of their admissions process this cycle.

How will schools use my responses?

To see if any of your applied programs require Snapshot, please refer to the Dates and Fee page. Once you select your program, you will see how they plan to use Snapshot:

  • Required: This program has made it mandatory for you to complete Snapshot as part of the application
  • Not required: This program will not be considering Snapshot as part of the application
  • By invitation: This program will be using Snapshot in their application process, but only for a subset of applicants. If required, they will send you communication asking you to complete Snapshot.
  • To be announced:  Altus does not yet have information about whether or not this program will be using Snapshot in their admissions decisions
  • Optional:  This program has made the decision that it is up to the applicant to decide whether or not they would like to complete Snapshot

Ultimately, how and when each school uses Snapshot in their decision-making process is up to them. Each program will evaluate your responses using its own admissions process.


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