Casper is changing for 2022-23
Here are the changes and how you can prepare
If you’re familiar with the Casper situational judgment test, you may know that it typically presents test takers with 12 scenarios or dilemmas (eight video-based and four word-based), and asks those test takers to type their responses to three questions per scenario within five minutes. This year, however, the format of the test is changing after an experiment revealed that offering a video-response format could further reduce demographic differences in test performance and support a more equitable assessment and experience for applicants.
What is changing in Casper?
Response Format and Order
Test Prep Requirements and Resources
How will the new format impact my score?
All programs will continue receiving Casper scores as they normally have from the typed-response section to incorporate into their existing process. Only programs who are selected to participate in our early adopter program will receive results from the video response section in addition to their traditional Casper scores. It is important to note that results from the video responses will only be shared with early adopter programs once specific statistical thresholds and criteria are met so that they are used responsibly and reliably in the admissions process.
A rigorous vetting process is being implemented to select those programs who will receive video-response results. While not every program may be using the results from the video-response section, we will be sharing aggregate results to all programs at the end of the cycle for review. Your responses are imperative to ensuring we’re addressing applicants’ concerns around this being a speed test and making Casper more fair and equitable for all applicants.
How to prepare for the new Casper test
We’ve updated our test prep page with new tips to help you prepare for both the typed and video response sections of the Casper test. Although Casper — and situational judgment tests in general — have no “right” or “wrong” answers, these tips go a long way to reduce test-day anxiety by making sure you are familiar with the test format and that your equipment is in working order.
Here are our top 6 test prep tips:
- Complete the System Requirements Check any time after registering for Casper and no later than three days before your scheduled test. It is mandatory to perform this check within 6 hours prior to starting your test to resolve any issues ahead of time. Complete the Check with the same equipment set-up in the same place that you’ll complete the actual Casper test to ensure everything is working properly. We also recommend that wherever you choose to take the Casper test is a quiet place as some of your responses will be on video.
- Familiarize yourself with the test format by taking the practice test. This is a free resource that allows you to run through a full-length Casper test. You’ll be able to practice responding to questions in both formats and get comfortable with the time limit to respond. Feel free to complete the practice test as many times as you like!
- Get comfortable in front of the camera. Even before taking the practice test, use apps on your phone or laptop to record yourself on video. Remember, your responses to Casper test questions are about everyday scenarios, so be conversational and remember to maintain eye contact by looking at the camera.
- Though raters are trained to focus on the substance of your answers instead of your fashion choices, we do recommend wearing smart casual attire given that some of your responses will be on video. Don’t let pyjamas take away from your quality answers!
- Take time to read the questions carefully and plan your response before recording your response. Though responses are timed, we offer a brief “reflection time” to help you gather your thoughts.
- Don’t panic if you don’t complete your response when the time runs out. Our raters are trained to assess your overall thought process and argument, even if you couldn’t squeeze in your last few words. Just take a deep breath and focus on the new scenario.