Positive personal characteristics and professionalism are vital to have in high-stake professions, yet they are also the hardest to measure. When the assessments that determine our abilities are unreliable and delivered in an non-equitable manner, we cannot truly know how people are performing. This fails applicants, academic programs, and our society as a whole.
These assessment issues have driven co-founders Harold Reiter, MD MEd (co-creator of the MMI Interview) and Kelly Dore, PhD – internationally renowned researchers in admissions and assessment to formulate a series of fair and effective methods of selection. Their assessment methods are now used in a variety of prestigious professional training programs.
They began by conducting rigorous research to identify important personality and behavioural traits. From there, they developed testing and assessment methodologies to assess an applicant’s suitability to professions that require a great deal of empathy and emotional maturity.
Altus Assessments now offers this research-backed testing (CASPer™ in particular) to schools as a turnkey, cost-effective way to allow applicants with the difficult-to-teach soft skills to stand out from those who perform well on strictly academic measures. We are committed to developing less resource-intensive, robust, and holistic tools to better predict student success, so programs can focus on developing the next generation of high-performing professionals.