The Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer) Test is an online assessment for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program as well as professional healthcare providers. This test is intended to complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
All applicants to the EVMS PA program are required to complete the online assessment to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.
In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere so long as you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.
Please sign up and reserve a test using your CASPA ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.
The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions within a specified time limit. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program and profession. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.
CASPer test results are valid for one admission cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to retake it.