All applicants to the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University will be required to complete a 90 minute computer-based test, called CASPer, as part of the selection process.
CASPer, the Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal characteristics, is a web-based assessment of interpersonal skills and decision-making, to be completed at a computer. Successful completion of CASPer is required to maintain applicant eligibility.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure access to a computer with audio capabilities and a reliable internet connection on their 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.
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 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 10-12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario applicants are 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 at www.takecasper.com and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.
CASPer will be offered on Sunday, October 18, 2015 and Thursday, October 29, 2015 at several times each day.
Beginning early June, you will be able to sign up for your CASper test at: www.takecasper.com