CASPer Test

MDCM Fall 2019 entry– Last possible CASPer test date accepted before November 1 application deadline:

Med-P Fall 2019 entry – Last possible CASPer test date accepted before March 1 application deadline:

All applicants to the Faculty of Medicine’s MDCM and Med-P programs are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer) test prior to their application deadline. Completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.

What is CASPer

CASPer is an individual online test that assesses for non-academic competencies and interpersonal characteristics that are important for successful students and graduates of our programs; it complements the other elements in our applicant selection process. The competencies and characteristics include:

• professionalism 
• communication
• collaboration
• ethics
• empathy 

The CASPer test is comprised of 12 video or text-based scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of 3 probing questions within a total of 5 minutes; each response is graded by a different rater.

Why CASPer

Implementing CASPer is in line with our Guiding Principles of seeking excellence, fairness, and inclusivity in our selection process by using tools that have demonstrated reliability and validity for medical school admissions.  The Admissions committee carefully reviewed the evidence-based research conducted at McMaster University during the test’s development and implementation, and approved the adoption of CASPer for Fall 2018 MDCM and Medicine-Preparatory admission.  CASPer represents an improvement to our process because of its researched reliability and predictive validity for the non-academic competencies we are required to take into consideration. Selected references: (1)  (2)  (3)  

In past years, non-academic competencies were assessed at the pre-interview step through the combined Curriculum Vitae and Personal Narrative, weighted at 30%; with academic context counting for the remaining 70%.

For Fall 2019 admission, CASPer will count for 20% of the pre-interview assessment, taking the place of the “Personal Narrative” section. Academic context continues to count for 70%, and the CV is retained with a weight of 10%.  As one element in our holistic admissions process, CASPer allows candidates to show another side of themselves to the committee at this initial pre-interview step.  The Admissions committee remains dedicated to providing a standardized, rigorous selection process supported by current best practices and psychometrically valid tools

How are the CASPer results used by the Office of Admissions?

CASPer performance counts for 20% of the pre-interview score for MDCM and Medicine-Preparatory program applicants, as follows:

• Pre-interview ranking = 70% Academic context + 20% CASPer + 10% CV.  
• Top-ranked candidates will be invited to interview. 
• Complete selection process details: (www.mcgill.ca/medadmissions/applying/selection-process).

How do I register for CASPer?

Applicants must manually register on takecasper.com, have their identification validated, and reserve a test time that matches their choice of program(s) and application cycle. 

When do I need to take CASPer if I am applying to MDCM or Medicine-Preparatory Programs at McGill?

You are required to take CASPer prior to your application deadline:  November 1 for University Applicants to MDCM, and March 1 for CEGEP Applicants to the Medicine-Preparatory program. 

  • Dates for the "Canadian Professional Health Sciences" test (2019 Admission) will be announced on the CASPer website: English Dates.  French Dates 
  • The latest possible test date for the MDCM program is October 23, 2018 (English) and October 28, 2019 (French).
  • The latest possible test date for the Medicine-Preparatory program is February 21, 2019 (English) and February 24, 2019 (French).
  • Applicants who have not completed a CASPer test designated for Fall 2019 Canadian Professional Health Sciences admissions by the application deadline will have their application cancelled by the university. 
  • Register for CASPer at least 3 days before your preferred test date to allow your identification and payment to be processed.
  • Note that you do not require a McGill ID created by our application system to take CASPer (more information on McGill’s application system: www.mcgill.ca/medadmissions/applying/submitting )
  • CASPer results are only valid for the indicated application cycle, and only for the specified program type.

What are the technical requirements?

  • See takecasper.com/aboutcasper/#technicalrequirements 
  • In order to take CASPer, you are responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. 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.
  • After signing up for the test, you will be able to check your system requirements on the CASPer website before your test date.

How can I prepare for CASPer?

Can I take CASPer in English or French?

  • Applicants to the MDCM and Medicine-Preparatory programs at McGill University can take CASPer in either English or French.
  • The language does not need to be the same as the one you used to submit your application, or the one you prefer for interviews.
  • MDCM Admissions Language Policy (www.mcgill.ca/medadmissions/applying/requirements/language).
  • Note that other universities or programs may require you to take CASPer in a specific language; consult the relevant institutions directly for more information before selecting your test language.

Can I have access to my CASPer test results?

  • The results of the CASPer test are never disclosed to applicants.

What is the fee for CASPer?

Are accommodations available for applicants with disabilities?

  • Follow the procedure to submit a formal request to accommodate applicants with disabilities here: takecasper.com/aboutcasper/#accommodations
  • Requests and documentation must be provided at least 3 weeks in advance of the testing date.  

Technical problems or other questions regarding CASPer?

  •  Use the support button on takecasper.com  or email support [at] takecasper.com  

 

How long from my test date does it take for McGill to receive my scores? (i.e. see it fulfilled on checklist)

  • Approximately 3 weeks