CASPer Test: Nursing

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Which Nursing Programs Require CASPer?

 As it stands, a small group of colleges in North America require that Nursing Applicants sit the CASPer, principally in Canada. However, this group is constantly expanding, and Nursing will likely follow Medicine across the USA in increasingly requiring CASPer as part of the application process. A list of the schools that are known to currently use the CASPer as part of the assessment for Nursing candidates is as follows:

McMaster University
University of Alberta
University of Victoria
University of York
McGill University
Conestoga College
Trent Fleming School of Nursing
Mohawk College

You should make sure to research the programs that you are applying to, as each year more colleges are expected to start using CASPer.

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What is CASPer?

 CASPer is a situational judgement test, run by a company called Altus Assessments. They partnered with McMaster University, who were the first university to use the test. Now the test is used by programs across the world to select candidates for Medicine, Nursing, teaching, and other professions that require ethical and moral candidates who are great at communicating and working with others.

The CASPer was first developed as an online version of an MMI – a test designed to make sure that potential doctors had the right personal attributes to succeed, and to make their patients feel comfortable. The test therefore assesses ethics, empathy, team working ability, professionalism, ability to communicate with others, conflict resolution, problem solving, ability to judge a situation, and awareness of diversity and cultural issues. You should be able to make decisions under stress, and communicate easily with people from a range of backgrounds and of varying degrees of authority and knowledge.

The CASPer team explains that SJTs are a type of psychological test, which uses realistic scenarios. They involve asking the individual taking the test about the scenario, and about what they might do in the scenario. They state that the test looks for behavioural tendencies – how the individual might do in a given situation – and knowledge instruction.

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When can I sit the CASPer? How much does it cost?

You can sit the CASPer on a wide range of dates throughout the year. There are typically around 30 chances to sit it each year, with the majority from May to September. There are normally around 20 sittings from May – September and up to 10 from October through to April. As the CASPer is an online test, you can sit the CASPer from the comfort of home – you do not need to go to an assessment centre to sit it. All you will need is a good, stable internet connection and a computer with a working webcam.

Different colleges will have different ‘distribution deadlines’ – a distribution deadline being the last time that the school can be added to your CASPer distribution list. You should therefore be aware of your schools’ respective deadlines, and ensure that you sit the CASPer in good time for them. The CASPer costs only 10 USD to sit, although you must pay an additional 10 USD to distribute your score to your chosen schools.

How can I succeed in the CASPer?

You should give yourself 2 months to prepare for the test, which is enough time to learn the behavioural tendencies examined by CASPer. You should first research the test, and make sure that you fully understand it and its aims. This can be achieved through using our various CASPer resources and articles. Next, you should use practice questions, and ensure that you consistently check your answers against model answers or feedback from a professional in the field. You will only progress if you make sure that your answers are good – and from there ensure that you focus on the areas which you seem to be finding more difficult. You should develop an approach to questions – our guide approach can be found in our resources.

When sitting the test itself, you should carefully manage your time, and be aware of how long you have spent on each part of a prompt. You should plan your answer to each question quickly, and ensure that you have read all three questions, to avoid repetition or being caught out by a difficult question at the end of a scenario. You should make sure that your wording is formal and professional, with good grammar.

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