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Astroff is the leader in CASPer preparation. Our team is led by Dr. Robert Astroff and his selection of top doctors and medical students 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, health sciences, education, and veterinary programs, used by schools such as 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 school's application process, as one of several criteria assessed in determining candidates' invitations to interview (where applicable) and admission to the program.
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 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 I can watch?
Visit https://takecasper.com, the website of the official CASPer test administrator, for sample videos.
Astroff has designed our own Sample CASPer Video you can watch right here.
How has CASPer been evaluated 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 the career, and overall performance on the scenario. To do well on CASPer, it's integral to have well-communicated, persuasive, knowledgeable, relevant answers to each question.
Practice with Sample Questions
Practicing under realistic conditions is the best way to improve your skills and maximize your performance on test day. We have provided sample questions for you to consider here and on our blog. Start with these and progress to our Simulated CASPer Tests.
Which schools are using CASPer?
CASPer is growing as a widely used admissions tool for a variety of programs and schools at undergraduate, graduate and professional school levels. Programs using CASPer include: medicine (including medical school applicants and residency candidates), dentistry, education, nursing, pharmacy, optometry, occupational therapy, social work and veterinary medicine.
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