Candidates can submit an application to the DMD Advanced Standing for Foreign Trained Dentists Pathway as of August 15th. The application deadline is on September 15th. No application will be accepted after that date.
To apply to through this pathway, you must fulfil the following requirements:
- Be a graduate of a non-accredited dental program
- Be a recognized resident of Quebec, Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- Must have successfully completed the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) between March 1st and August 31st, 2021. Please note that results from 2019 and 2020 will also be accepted.
- Must have completed the CASPer Test. The last acceptable test date is August 31, 2021.
- Must demonstrate an adequate level of English proficiency (minimum required scores: TOEFL 90; IELTS (academic version) 6.5). Your official results must be sent electronically by the Test Centre by the deadline. Paper copies will not be accepted.
All applicants to the Undergraduate Dental Programs at McGill University are required to complete an online assessment (CASPerTM) test prior to their application deadline. Completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.
CASPer assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test. You can also watch this short video to learn more about the test or consult the Altus Blog.
In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.
You will require the following for both account creation and completing CASPer:
- Government-issued photo ID
- Valid email address (the same one you will use to submit your application)
- Working webcam
- Working microphone
- Reliable high-speed internet connection
CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. As well, the CASPer test can only be taken once per admission cycle.
- Please go to www.TakeAltus.com to sign up for the Canadian Professional Health Sciences CASPer Test (CSP-10201 – Canadian Professional Health Sciences) under your specific country.
- Select a Casper test date. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your Casper test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly and that you have used for your application; there may be updates to the test schedule. IMPORTANT ► To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended.
- Ensure you have selected Dentistry - McGill University for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on TakeAltus.com.
- Please direct any inquiries on Altus Suite to support [at] altus.as. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the TakeAltus.com website.
Accommodations: If you require testing accommodations for Altus Suite you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding accommodations can be found here.
How will the CASPer Test results be used in the assessment of my application?
For more information on our selection process, please visit this section of our website.
How much will it cost to take the CASPer Test?
The CASPer fees consist of two components: a fee of $40 to take the test and a $12 fee to distribute your results to the institution you select (per program). It will therefore cost you $52 to take the CASPer test in support of your application to the Undergraduate Dental Program at McGill.
Do I need to have a McGill ID to take the CASPer Test?
You do not require a McGill ID to take the CASPer Test.
Can I have access to my CASPer Test results?
The results to the CASPer Test are never disclosed to applicants.
Can I complete the CASPer Test in French or English?
Yes. The CASPer Test can be completed in either French or English.
Do I need to complete Snapshot to apply to the Faculty of Dentistry?
We will not be reviewing Snapshot responses this cycle.
Who do I need to contact if I have more questions?
If your questions are related to the CASPer Test, you can send a message to
If you have questions about our admissions process, then please write to
Students enrolled in a graduate program
Students enrolled in the D.M.D. program are not allowed to be registered simultaneously in any other program of study. Thus, students currently enrolled in graduate programs are expected to apply only when they have almost completed their program. To be eligible for admission, graduate students applying to the Degree Completion Program must have submitted their written thesis by November 15th of the year they will enter the D.M.D. program (e.g. November 15th, 2021 for entry in Winter 2022). Written confirmation of thesis submission must be provided by the Thesis Office (or equivalent) of the university where the student is registered for graduate studies by November 15th of the year candidates enter the DMD program. Failure to provide this confirmation of thesis submission by the aforementioned deadline will result in the candidate’s offer being withdrawn.