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What is Casper?

Casper is an online, open-response situational judgment test (SJT). It asks what you would do in a tough situation, and more importantly, why. This helps determine behavioral tendencies of applicants pursuing people-centered professions.

 


12 sections

Made up of 12
sections

Each section contains a video-based or written scenario and three open-ended questions. Test takers have five minutes to type their responses to all three questions.

 

60 Minuets

60-90
minutes in length

Casper progresses from one section to the next automatically. It typically takes 60-90 minutes to complete, with an optional 10-minute break halfway through.

 

Raters

Scored by a group of
human raters

Each section of a test is scored by a different rater. The group of raters reflects the diversity of the population. All raters are extensively trained, vetted and invested in the future of the profession.

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Scores get sent to selected programs automatically

Once a test is rated, the score is sent automatically to the programs selected for distribution. Programs then update application statuses.

 


What does Casper assess for?

Collaberation

Collaboration

Communication

Communication

Empathy

Empathy

Equity

Equity

Ethics

Ethics

motivation

Motivation

Problem Solving

Problem Solving

Professionalism

Professionalism

Resilience

Resilience

Self Awareness

Self Awareness


Help us improve how personal and professional attributes are assessed!

We’re always making improvements to our assessments to increase their fairness and effectiveness. This year, we’re inviting applicants to US undergraduate medical programs to participate in an exciting experiment. After completing the Casper test and exit survey, applicants will have the option to complete two additional scenarios using video response.

 

Frequently asked questions

 

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Why do programs require Casper?

Programs are looking to make sure that students are not only academically capable but also possess suitable personal and professional qualities that make them more likely to succeed in the profession. 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.

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How does Casper help applicants?

Casper allows applicants to demonstrate their people skills earlier on in the admissions process. Programs that receive thousands of applications don’t have the resources to review every one in detail, so they may apply screens and filters at the beginning based on cognitive scores such as your GPA, MCAT or GRE score. This means they could miss out on great candidates who have the right mix of academic success and excellent people skills.

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Do I need to study for Casper?

While SJTs like Casper are relatively immune to test preparation (i.e., that coaching is unlikely to provide benefit), you should familiarize yourself with the test format and technical requirements so you are comfortable and focused on test day. Read our blog for specific tips on how to prepare for Casper.