Question of the Week: CASPer?

Friday, Jan 25, 2019

A friend of mine who applied to med school told me I need to take the CASPer test. What is it and when should I take it?
The CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test was developed at McMaster Medical School (also the birthplace of the multiple mini-interview, or MMI) and is now used by 20+ medical schools. Like the MMI, it aims to assess non-cognitive competencies associated with success in medicine, such as ethical judgment, interpersonal skills, empathy, and professionalism. You can take CASPer from any computer that meets the system requirements at specified test dates and times (you will register online). You will respond to 8 video-based scenarios and 4 text-based scenarios and scores are sent to medical schools about three weeks after the test is taken. You will not receive your score. You should take CASPer in the summer around the time that you’re completing secondary applications, so that your score will arrive at your schools around the same time that your file will be complete. Familiarize yourself with the test and its format by reading the CASPer webpage and working through the sample scenarios. Many of the same materials you’ll use to prepare for MMIs may also be useful for CASPer since both involve responding to scenarios and ethical situations.

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