Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics
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 ensure that they are able to have dependable access to CASPer™ online. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer™ online due to being located at an international site in which internet is not dependably accessible 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.
Important note for 2017 applicants
All applicants to the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine must write the Canadian Medical School CASPer annually. You need your current (2017) application cycle OMSAS number in order to sign up – you receive this number after you have submitted your completed application to OMSAS. The Canadian Medical School (2017 Admissions) CASPer test is offered on two dates in October 2016 (October 16th and October 27th). Please visit www.takecasper.com to sign up once you have submitted your application.