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Is the CASPer Test still the same with Acuity Insights?

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As Altus Assessments rebrands, and the company overhauls their offerings, it’s vital to consider how both CASPer and Duet will change. Here, we will look at what’s changing with CASPer – and what is staying the same.

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CASPer Test Format From 2023-2024 Onwards

The test is divided into two sections – video response and typed response. In the first section, you will be given two word-based scenarios and four video-based scenarios, and you will need to record your response to them via your webcam. This concept is the same as before, although before you would have done your typed responses first. The second section, in which you type your responses to three word-based scenarios and five-video based scenarios, is again the same concept as before (although this was the first section in previous iterations of the test). However, there is one significant change to the scenario format, which is outlined below.

The CASPer is now made up of a total of 14 different scenarios (although somewhat confusingly, the official site mentions 15 scenarios in some areas). Each typed response scenario has three questions, which are designed to be open-ended. All are presented together, which means that you can respond to them in the way that makes most sense to you, and designate time to them in a manner that seems most suitable. This allows you to be strategic, and is the same as was the case before.

The CASPer test is between 90-110 minutes in length, which includes an optional 10 minute break between the video response sections and the type response sections, with an additional optional 5 minute break halfway through the typed response component. This is therefore not a departure from the previous setup. The breaks are the same as before, so there are no changes needed.

As before, the test is designed such that each and every scenario is scored by a different rater, and the raters are selected in such a way that they reflect the ‘diversity of the population. All raters are extensively trained, put through implicit bias training, vetted, and understand the importance of their work as a Rater and the impact it has on an applicant’s future.’ The Acuity Insights team prides itself on the high quality of the work that their raters do, and whilst it is impossible to verify the training methodology, it is clearly – at this point – superior to have human raters than rely on some form of language processing. Your scores are sent to selected programs automatically, as they were before – expect this to happen around 2-3 weeks after the test date. Programs are then able to assess your scores and update your application accordingly within their own portals and application sites.

In terms of the competencies that the test assesses for, these remain unchanged, and the result of much research. They are collaboration, communication, empathy, equity, ethics, motivation, problem solving, professionalism, resilience and self awareness.

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Changes made to the 2023-2024 CASPer

However, there are some changes that have been made to the test in its most recent iteration. The most important of these are as follows:
– Firstly, for each of the six scenarios that you will face during the video response component of the test, you will need to answer only two questions, instead of three as previously. As before, these will be presented to you one at a time, so you cannot choose how long to spend on each.
– In the type response part of the test, you will now face eight scenarios, instead of 9. This means that the test is actually a little shorter than before – somewhere from 90 to 110 minutes, rather than 100 to 120 minutes as it was in previous cycles. Seemingly, the changes have been tested and it has been found that the reduced amount of content does not negatively impact the test’s reliability.
– Lastly, the video response section now appears in the test first, as mentioned above. Acuity Insights state that ‘putting the video response section first ensures that any technical difficulties an applicant may encounter in recording or uploading their answers will be addressed earlier on during the test.’ This ensures a smoother overall experience.

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