Astroff's Information Resource on Preparing for CASPer:
Tips to Master CASPer, Sample Questions and More
Astroff is the leader in CASPer preparation. We have been preparing CASPer writers since CASPer's inception in 2011. Our team is led by Dr. Robert Astroff and his selection of top medical students and doctors working together in an effort to provide the most effective way to Master CASPer for your upcoming CASPer test. Read our tips for Mastering CASPer, try our sample CASPer questions and video, and learn more about Astroff's Prep for CASPer Program.
What is CASPer?
CASPer (Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics), a 90 minute web-based test, is a component of the application process used by certain medical schools, including the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University ("McMaster"), University of Ottawa (uOttawa), New York Medical College (NYMC) and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Rutgers RWJ).
CASPer is an online test used to help screen applicants as part of the medical school application process, as one of several criteria assessed in determining candidates' invitations to interview.
In past years, McMaster University (McMaster) and Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) (beta), used CASPer as part of the application process. This year, University of Ottawa (uOttawa), Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Rutgers RWJ), and New York Medical College (NYMC) have joined in using CASPer.
McMaster: The CASPer score makes up 32% of McMaster's pre-interview rank. It is thus equal in weighting to a candidate's MCAT score and undergraduate GPA.
NOSM: In 2014, NOSM performed a beta-testing CASPer as an assessment tool for use in future admission cycles, and CASPer results for NOSM were not used in the 2015 NOSM selection process; however successfully completing CASPer was mandatory for NOSM applicant eligibility. CASPer is not required of applicants to NOSM for the 2015-2016 application cycle.
University of Ottawa (uOttawa): NEW: In the 2015-16 application cycle, all applicants to uOttawa will be required to write CASPer.
New York Medical College (NYMC): NEW: In the 2015-16 application cycle, NYMC is now using CASPer as an admissions tool.
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Rutgers RWJ): NEW: In the 2015-16 application cycle, Rutgers is now using CASPer as an admissions tool.
How long has CASPer been used?
CASPer was first officially implemented back in McMaster’s 2010-2011 application cycle as a method to evaluate candidates’ interpersonal and critical thinking skills. This was a change from McMaster’s previous application screening process which required candidates to write a series of short essays.
What is the structure of the CASPer test?
CASPer is a 90-minute test consisting of 12 stations. Each section follows a similar format consisting first of a short video or other directed text, followed by 2-3 questions relating to the material presented in the video or question stem. Some sections are prompted by situational challenges displayed in short video clips; others are prompted by self-reflective questions. The applicant has 5 minutes to answer all questions in a given section. The exam includes a 15 minute break at the halfway mark as well as an exit survey given at the end of the final section.
Is there an example of a CASPer video that I can watch?
Visit http://takecasper.com, the website of the official CASPer test administrator, for a sample CASPer Test that you can take, which includes two sample videos.
McMaster has provided a sample video on their website to familiarize students with the CASPer exam. You can access the video here.
Astroff has designed its own Sample CASPer Video that you can watch:
How has McMaster evaluated candidates on CASPer in past years?
In one of McMaster’s research article outlining CASPer, the authors noted the following criteria used by judges to grade the applicants’ answers: communication skills, strength of the argument raised, suitability for a career in medicine, and overall performance on the scenario. To do well on CASPer, it is integral to have well-communicated, persuasive, knowledgeable, relevant answers to each question.