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Getting Started with CASPer

The CASPer test is easy to implement and provides you with a psychometrically sound piece of information on non-academic competencies that will help you select the best-suited candidates for your program.

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CASPer helps identify those candidates with personal attributes important to being a great healthcare practitioner

  • In Medicine, complaints about healthcare providers are most often linked to their professionalism. These skills are hard to teach, and even harder to identify with traditional admissions methods. CASPer provides data-driven insights into an applicant’s people skills, helping institutions set-up their future physicians for success.
  • Physician Assistants are on the front line of patient care. They must communicate effectively with the patient and physician to facilitate treatment. A strong bedside manner and exceptional people skills are key to a PA’s success. CASPer helps prepare PA’s by identifying these skills before they begin training.
  • Nurses spend more time at a patient’s bedside than any other healthcare professional. Yet, the admissions process for nursing programs puts a large emphasis on only cognitive measures. CASPer provides the opportunity to base decisions on more than just grade point average.
  • Allied health professionals are challenged to guide patients at every stage of wellness. Promoting overall well being, diagnosing illness, and guiding rehabilitation all require sustained and trusting relationships between professionals and patients. It is important to identify candidates with the foundation to build long-term relationships with patients.

CASPer helps ITE programs meet the AITSL Selection Guidelines for assessing and selecting based on non-academic criteria

  • Communication, resiliency, self-awareness, empathy, collaboration, compassion, and enthusiasm. These are skills necessary for teacher success but impossible to assess based on academic abilities alone. AITSL has set forth a requirement for all Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programs across Australia to objectively measure these competencies at the admissions level.
  • By providing a data-driven assessment of an applicant’s non-academic criteria, CASPer offers ITE programs the ability to select applicants who will succeed inside and outside the classroom.
  • CASPer’s evidence-based approach meets AITSL’s accreditation requirements and gives ITE programs a more holistic view of applicants’ non-academic skills. With situational judgement based questions, which focus on the “why” of the response instead of a “right or wrong” model, an applicant can truly demonstrate their people skills and unique approach to managing complex situations.

Many academic programs can benefit from gaining unique insights into their applicants

  • Professional programs such as engineering, business, and law, can all benefit from objectively measuring their applicants’ professionalism and personal characteristics critical to success in the program and after graduation as a professional.
  • CASPer can be easily used alongside cognitive metrics, like grade point average and standardized cognitive tests, to provide programs with a look not only into the academic strength of their applicant pool, but also non-academic strength. Helping determine the best suited applicants for the program.

What does CASPer measure?

CASPer provides data-driven, objective insights into an applicant’s people skills. Giving admissions officers a well-rounded look at an applicant’s non-academic abilities by measuring 10 key competencies: communication, empathy, resilience, professionalism, equity, ethics, collaboration, problem-solving, self-awareness, and motivation.

The Science Behind CASPer
The constructs

What you can expect to see with CASPer

Widened Access and Participation

A study has demonstrated that there was no correlation between CASPer score and rural background and education.

Diversity Impact

CASPer has shown a smaller impact on URMs; one third the effect of GPA or MCAT demonstrated through a study conducted by NYMC. But with a commitment to continue to improve.

Reduced Resources

Some programs have reported a decrease in time spent reviewing applications, because CASPer helps them distinguish between top applicants.

Positive Impact on Recruitment

Programs are observing that more motivated applicants are applying which is leading to higher quality candidates.

MMI Performance Prediction

A pilot study from the University of Wollongong found a significant correlation between CASPer score and MMI score, R=0.38, p<0.0001.

Fewer Professionalism Issues

95% of disciplinary action to the medical board in the US was attributed to professionalism issues in medical school. CASPer aims to identify these individuals early on in the admissions process.

Better Performance on Non-Cognitive Sections of Licensure Exams

CASPer has been shown to demonstration moderate predictive validity to MCCQE national licensure outcomes of personal/professional characteristics.

Our Society Served Better

Unfortunately, we have all seen a rise in unprofessional behaviour across professional disciplines. Our vision is to create a world served by exceptional professionals.

Steps to Implement CASPer

  1. Your program makes CASPer an admissions requirement at no cost to the school.
  2. We work with you to schedule CASPer test(s) for your applicants.
  3. Your program directs applicants to under your admissions requirements.
  4. Applicants sign up to reserve a test date and time, then go on to complete the CASPer test.
  5. You receive applicant results to use in your admissions decisions within three weeks of each test sitting.

Start assessing your applicants’ people skills

Implementing the CASPer test for use in your admissions process is easy. You will be introduced to a dedicated Customer Success Manager that will walk you through the steps of implementation, use cases and communication to your applicants.

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What our partners are saying

“Altus Assessments is very easy to work with; receptive to feedback, proactive, and collaborative.”

Fern Juster, MD
New York Medical College

“The clear benefit of CASPer is that it does not cost the institution anything.”

Eloise Jillings, PhD
Massey University

“I believe Altus has done a great job setting up the test, a high level of support, having engaging and varied content with good effort to represent diversity.”

Aparna Adig, PhD
McGill University

“Professionalism issues are some of the most common and difficult issues in medical education.”

Brigham Willis, MD
Phoenix Children's Hospital

“It’s not always about the academic achievements. It’s about ‘are you the right person for that career?’”

Professor Debbie Corrigan
Monash University