What is CASPer?

CASPer is an online test which assesses characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. The test includes 10-12 video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be tasked to respond to a set of questions within a time limit. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. Because it is an online test, CASPer can be taken practically anywhere.

You can see examples of the test structure or schedule your test by visiting takeCASPer.com. Please note that there are a limited number of testing dates and times and these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test.

Why is the CMU College of Medicine using this test?

We believe that taking the CASPer exam will benefit our applicants. One, it provides additional insight into your personal and professional development in a way that cannot be captured by grades and test scores. It thus supports our holistic review process and provides an additional data point in an applicant’s profile. Two, we believe that CASPer will help our applicants feel more comfortable in the multiple mini interview format employed at CMU.

When should I take the exam?

Take the test at your earliest opportunity. Test dates are available beginning in the summer. The earlier that the CMU College of Medicine has your score the sooner it can strengthen your application. A complete list of test dates is available on takeCASPer.com.

What do I need to do to take CASPer?

Advanced registration is required. CASPer is administered by an external testing company – Altus Assessments. There is a total fee of $20 associated with CASPer which is not part of the CMU College of Medicine application fee. This fee is paid directly to the testing company upon registration and consists of a $10 test fee and a $10 fee to send your score to CMU. These fees are waived for applicants qualified for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program.

Whom do I contact with any problems?

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you can use the “Support” button on the takecasper.com website.