What Medical Schools Require CASPer?

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While most of your medical school application is centered around your grades, hard skills, and personal background, the application does little to shed light on an applicant’s empathy, communication skills, and ethical decision making. In order to determine how strong an applicant’s soft skills are, dozens of schools across the United States and the world now require applicants to take the CASPer test. So, what medical schools require CASPer, and how do you know if you need to take the test?

Read on to learn what the CASPer test is, what it measures, which schools require the CASPer, and why so many schools are adopting this test.

 

What is the CASPer Test and Do You Need to Take It?

The Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics, known more commonly as CASPer, is the most recent addition to medical school applications. Developed in 2010 in Canada, CASPer is a computer-based situational judgment test that measures who you are beyond your hard skills and grades—the test assesses your interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, professionalism, ethics and ethical decision making, empathy, and bedside manner.

It’s not a test you can study for, and you won’t even see your own results—after you complete the CASPer, your results are automatically sent to the schools you’re applying to.

The CASPer tests people based on the following 10 Constructs:

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Equity
  • Ethics
  • Motivation
  • Problem solving
  • Professionalism
  • Resilience
  • Self-awareness

CASPer is made up of 12 sections. Each section contains either a word-based or video-based scenario followed by three open-ended questions. There are 8 video-based scenarios and 4 word-based scenarios. The video-based scenarios are all SJTs (Situational Judgment Tests), and the word-based scenarios are a blend of SJTs and behavioral descriptor questions.

Typically, the scenarios are not based in a clinical setting but are instead taken from everyday life. For example, if you’re grocery shopping and see a pregnant teenager steal some diapers, what do you do?

CASPer doesn’t take long to complete. In total, it takes about 100 minutes, which includes the introduction and an optional 15-minute break at the halfway mark. You have five minutes to respond to the three questions before the test automatically moves on to the next section.

Each of the 12 sections is scored by a unique rater, which means no 2 sections of your test will be scored by the same person. Therefore, your CASPer score is made up of 12 different, objective impressions of you. The raters have no prior knowledge of you whatsoever and have no idea how you answered the 11 other sections.

CASPer raters are required to complete a training session and accreditation in order to score the test, and they’re trained to disregard simple typos and grammar mistakes.

As we mentioned, your test results will be automatically sent to the schools you’re applying to without you ever seeing how you performed. Your CASPer results are also only valid for a single admissions cycle. You will need to take a separate CASPer test for future admissions cycles or different program types, including programs in different countries. Applicants are not permitted to take a CASPer test more than once per admissions cycle.

Whether or not you need to take the test depends on the schools you are applying to.

Only certain schools require applicants to take a CASPer test, but more and more schools are added to the list each year.

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What Medical Schools Require CASPer?

Not all medical schools require applicants to take the CASPer, but the test has seen a recent and significant rise in popularity, and that popularity is showing no sign of slowing down. Currently, there are well over 100 schools in the US that require the CASPer, as well as schools in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Qatar.

Here is a list of every US medical school that requires the CASPer. (Updated July 2021)

  1. AdventHealth University
  2. Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
  3. American University of The Caribbean School of Medicine
  4. Anderson University
  5. Arkansas College of Health Education
  6. Arkansas College of Health Education
  7. Baylor College of Medicine
  8. Boston Medical Center
  9. Boston University
  10. Boston University School of Medicine
  11. California Health Sciences University
  12. California Northstate University
  13. Case Western Reserve University
  14. Case Western Reserve University
  15. Central Michigan University
  16. Charles R. Drew University
  17. Chatham University
  18. Christian Brothers University
  19. Clarkson University
  20. College of Saint Mary
  21. Colorado Mesa University
  22. Colorado Mountain College
  23. Concordia University Wisconsin
  24. Des Moines University
  25. Dominican College of Blauvelt
  26. Drexel University
  27. East Carolina University
  28. East Tennessee State University
  29. Eastern Virginia Medical School
  30. Eastern New Mexico University
  31. Elizabethtown College
  32. Emory University
  33. Florida Atlantic University
  34. Florida International University
  35. Florida State University
  36. Gannon University
  37. Georgia Southern University
  38. Grand Valley State University
  39. Hamilton Medical Center
  40. Hardin-Simmons University
  41. Hofstra University
  42. Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  43. Hofstra University BS/MD
  44. Howard University
  45. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, FlexMed
  46. Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
  47. Idaho State University
  48. Indiana State University
  49. Indiana University
  50. Kansas State University
  51. Kansas State University
  52. Kettering College
  53. Lincoln Memorial University
  54. Long Island University Veterinary Medicine
  55. Long School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center
  56. Louisiana State University
  57. Louisiana State University – Shreveport Campus
  58. Marshall University
  59. Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
  60. Augusta University
  61. Medical College of Wisconsin
  62. Meharry Medical College
  63. Mercer University
  64. Mercy College of Ohio
  65. Methodist University
  66. Michigan State University
  67. Michigan State University
  68. Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  69. Midwestern University
  70. New York Medical College
  71. Northeast Ohio Medical University
  72. Northern Arizona University
  73. NYU Langone
  74. Oklahoma State University
  75. Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  76. Oregon Health & Sciences University
  77. Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
  78. Parkview Medical Center
  79. Penn State University
  80. Pennsylvania College of Technology
  81. Pfeiffer University
  82. Point Loma Nazarene University
  83. Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
  84. Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
  85. Rocky Vista University
  86. Rosalind Franklin University
  87. Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
  88. Rush University
  89. Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  90. Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  91. Salus University
  92. Sam Houston State University
  93. San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
  94. South University
  95. Stanford University
  96. State University of New York
  97. Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook University
  98. Temple University
  99. Texas A&M University
  100. Texas Tech University
  101. Texas Tech University El Paso
  102. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  103. The University of Louisville School of Dentistry
  104. The University of Texas at San Antonio
  105. The University of Toledo
  106. Touro College
  107. Touro University – Nevada
  108. Tulane University
  109. UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
  110. Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Undergraduate to Medical School Initiative
  111. University of Arkansas
  112. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  113. University of California San Francisco
  114. University of Charleston
  115. University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  116. University of Colorado Denver
  117. University of Connecticut
  118. University of Evansville
  119. University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
  120. University of Florida
  121. University of Illinois at Chicago
  122. University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences
  123. University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences
  124. University of Miami
  125. University of Michigan
  126. University of Michigan-Flint
  127. University of Mississippi
  128. University of Missouri-Kansas City
  129. University of Missouri St. Louis
  130. University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  131. University of New Mexico
  132. University of North Texas Health Science Center
  133. University of Oklahoma
  134. University of Rochester
  135. University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
  136. University of Texas Health Science Center
  137. University of Texas Medical Branch
  138. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  139. University of Texas Southwestern
  140. University of the Pacific
  141. University of Utah
  142. University of Vermont
  143. University of Washington
  144. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  145. Virginia Commonwealth University
  146. Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  147. Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  148. Wake Forest School of Medicine
  149. Wayne State University
  150. West Coast University
  151. West Liberty University
  152. West Virginia University
  153. Western Carolina University
  154. Western Carolina University
  155. Western University of Health Sciences
  156. Western University of Health Sciences
  157. William Carey University
  158. Winston-Salem State University

For medical schools around the world, here is a list of every school and program that requires applicants to take the CASPer.

 

Why Are More Medical Schools Requiring CASPer?

The medical community recently began to emphasize the importance of a doctor’s soft skills, professionalism, and bedside manner in addition to their scholarly knowledge and ability to apply that medical knowledge.

Medical school applicants hoping to one day become a physician must have a strong foundation of medical knowledge and possess superior smarts. Fortunately, there are plenty of metrics with which to test an applicant’s cognitive abilities. More schools are adopting CASPer because it tests areas of being a doctor that are underrepresented in your medical school application.

Strong interpersonal skills are just as vital to a doctor’s success as superior cognitive abilities and medical know-how. Doctors must be able to effectively listen and communicate with their patients in order to accurately diagnose them and, depending on the specialty, deliver bad news to the patient and their family when the time comes. They must also maintain absolute professionalism throughout every patient interaction and be guided by iron-clad ethics.

While your personal statement, letters of recommendation, and Work and Activities section provide some insight into your ethical decision making, empathy, professionalism, and communication skills, the primary focus of your medical school application is your hard skills.

Admissions committees want to know who you are beyond your grades. They do not want to accept an applicant with stellar grades if it means that applicant is socially inept, rude, or possesses a Machiavellian sense of morals and ethics.

When faced with an ethical dilemma, as physicians often are, what will you do? Will your patients feel safe and comfortable with you, or will they dread every interaction and question whether or not you have their best interests at heart?

Admissions committees are realizing the importance of having these questions answered before they accept an applicant to their program, and the CASPer is the best method they have of ascertaining the strength of your soft skills.

 

CASPer Test Dates

In order to register for the CASPer test, you must create an Altus Suite account with the following information:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Valid email address
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone

You must register for your CASPer at least 3 days before your preferred test date so that your identity can be verified and your payment processed. Do not book the test last minute.

CASPer test dates vary between schools, but the test season generally runs from May to December. It’s imperative that you pay close attention to the due dates set by the schools you are applying to. The test dates for upcoming admissions cycles are made available in the spring. The CASPer costs $12 for American students and an additional $12 for each school you want the results sent to.

You can only take the CASPer once during an admissions cycle. If you are unsuccessful at matriculating to medical school, you will have to take the CASPer again the following admissions cycle.

View the latest CASPer test dates and times.

 

CASPer Test Preparation

You can’t actually study for the CASPer like other tests, but you can practice for it by answering sample test questions, taking practice tests, increasing your typing speed, and improving your reading comprehension—all of which we strongly recommend you do!

CASPer is not a complicated test, nor is it a long one, but it will challenge you in ways tests of your hard skills won’t. In order to be successful, set plenty of time aside to practice and prepare.

Read our complete CASPer Test Guide for the best ways to prepare for CASPer, detailed study strategies, CASPER dos and don’ts, and frequently asked questions.

 

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