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CASPer Introduction

Every pre-med has heard about the MCAT. However, there are a couple of additional tests that are requirements at some medical schools. One of these tests is CASPer.

What is CASPer?

CASPer is a situational judgment test that evaluates the intangible characteristics such as professionalism, ethics, collaboration, empathy, and more. If you are familiar with the multiple-mini interview, this is an online version of that.

What is the format of CASPer?

CASPer is currently run by Altius and is taken on their platform. In terms of the format, CASPer is about 80 minutes in total with 12 situations/prompts. There is an optional 15-minute break within this time.

The questions include ethical or moral dilemmas, which you must navigate and provide a direction. These will come in the format of video (3 minutes) or written prompts (30 seconds). The test-taker will have 5 minutes to respond to multiple questions about the situation. The test-taker will not be able to re-watch the video but will have access to the written prompt when answering the question.

How important is CASPer? (as of 2022)

As of 2022, CASPer is still rolling out and being evaluated by medical schools. Every medical school incorporates the CASPer score differently into their admissions decisions. Some medical schools utilize the score stringently while others use it as a benchmark. However, the CASPer is nowhere as important as the MCAT. A poor score on the CASPer will not be the end of your application at a school.

Please note: there are severe construct validity deficiencies with the CASPer test. The score is not very predictive of an applicant’s personality, ethic, and morals, but more so of their typing speed. Medical schools know this and take this into account.

Schools that require CASPer

Allopathic Medical Schools:

American University of The Caribbean School of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine

Boston University School of Medicine

Central Michigan University, College of Medicine

Drexel University College of Medicine

East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine

Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine

Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Howard University College of Medicine

Indiana University School of Medicine

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

McGovern Medical School, UT Health Science Center Houston

Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Medical College of Wisconsin

Meharry Medical College

Mercer University School of Medicine

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (Duet is also recommended)

New York Medical College

Northeast Ohio Medical University Medicine

Oregon Health & Science University

Penn State College of Medicine

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

San Juan Bautista School of Medicine

State University of New York Upstate Medical University

Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine (Duet is also required)

Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine (Duet is also required)

Foster School of Medicine TTUHSC El Paso

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine

Tulane University School of Medicine (Duet is also recommended)

University of Colorado Denver Medical School (CASPer, Snapshot, and Duet required)

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine (CASPer, Snapshot, and Duet required)

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center Houston

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Long School of Medicine

John Sealy School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch

University of Texas Southwestern

University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

University of Washington School of Medicine

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Wake Forest School of Medicine

West Virginia University School of Medicine

Osteopathic Medical Schools:

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kansas Health Science Center – Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (requires CASPer, Snapshot, and Duet)

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine NY

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine– Nevada

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

BS/MD Programs:

Albany Medical College

Hofstra University

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

Texas Tech University Health Science Center

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