Casper Test: Prep Tips, Sample Questions, and Examples (2022-2023)

Casper Test: Prep Tips, Sample Questions, and Examples 2022-2023

If you are looking for Casper test practice questions and prep tips for medical and nursing programs, then you’ve come to the right place. 

This prep guide is updated for 2022/2023 Casper Test takers.

Our Youth Coaches created this Casper test prep guide to help give you the confidence you need to ace your test, no matter what questions you get.

Before getting started, we also highly recommend that you check out our Interview Prep Skills Guide and our Self Awareness Skills Guide, as well as our Narrative and Deductive Communications Guides. All of these free resources were designed to help you effectively prepare for the toughest interview/test questions, while giving you the tools you need to communicate clearly and concisely. 

And just remember — you don’t have to go through this process alone! Through 1-on-1 practice sessions and effective prep strategies, our Youth Coaches have helped hundreds of students get a top score on their Casper test

By working with a Youth Coach, you’ll get access to prep tips, practice questions, and the mentorship you need to help you create unique and authentic answers that showcase your skills, professionalism, and social intelligence, and passion for the career you’re pursuing. 

If you’re reading to take your Casper test prep to the next level, connect with a coach now for support. 

Table of Contents

  1. Casper Test Overview: Format; Evaluation; Registration; Program requirements; and More. 
  2. Practice Scenarios and Examples: Written/Video response scenarios; Examples; and More. 
  3. Common Questions about the Casper Test: What’s the format?; How much is it?; What programs require it?; Can I take it more than once?; How to prepare?; and More.

2022/2023 Casper Test – Overview & Common Questions 

What is the Casper Test?

The Casper Test is an open response, situational judgment test (SJT). You will be given real-world, hypothetical scenarios that ask you what you’d do if you were faced with a particular situation. 

Think of Casper like a mini interview that’s used to evaluate your social intelligence and professionalism.  

The Casper test is designed so you can showcase your soft skills like communication, and teamwork, as well as how you respond to conflict and challenging situations, how you work with others, and how you use problem solving to find effective solutions. 

During the Casper test, you’ll give a scenario as well as 3 corresponding questions, and you’ll give a video or written response (depending on the question) for each question (keep reading for examples and prep tips). 

Each program you’re applying to will be given ONE Casper score (as well as a video score if they qualify — keep reading to learn more about the video score).

Most healthcare-related undergraduate and graduate programs (e.g. health sciences, medicine, nursing) require applicants to take the Casper test. Not all schools require it, but more and more are being added to the list each year, so make sure you do your research for each program to make sure you have enough time to take the test if it’s required.

REMEMBER: Each program type has a different Casper test type. For example, there is a specific Casper test type for US Medical Schools, another test type for Canadian Nursing programs, and another for Canadian Medical Schools. 

If you are applying to programs with different Casper test type (e.g. US Medicine program and Canadian Health Sciences), then you will have to write BOTH Casper tests. If you aren’t sure if you need to write more than one type of test, connect with a coach and we can clarify everything for you.  

Applicants can only take one Casper Test type ONCE per admission cycle (e.g. you cannot take the Casper Test for Canadian Health Sciences more than once so that the best score gets submitted). 

The Casper test costs $56CAD total — $40CAD to take the test and $16CAD to distribute the scores.

Once you have completed the Casper test and it has been evaluated, it takes about 2-3 weeks for the score to be automatically sent to the programs you’ve applied to. You can check the application status for each school to ensure that they’ve received your scores.

We know that this process can be overwhelming. But remember — you don’t have to go through this process alone! Our coaches have helped hundreds of students prepare for their Casper test and create general talking points that showcase their unique identity, experiences, and interests. Connect with a coach to learn more

Casper Test – Format 

Each Casper test has 15 real world, open-ended scenarios where you are given a situation or dilemma and asked to explain how you’d react. 

These questions DO NOT test your knowledge of the field/program you’re applying to (e.g. medicine, nursing, etc.).

There are 2 types of scenarios:

  1. Word-Based Scenarios: You will be presented with a short statement to consider, and then you will be asked to comment on it (with 3 questions). 
  2. Video-Based Scenarios: You will be told what your role is in the scenario (i.e. a friend, helper, student, etc.), and then you will be given the scenario (with 3 questions) to comment on. 

The test is divided into 2 response sections (for a total of 15 scenarios): 

  1. Typed Response Section: You will be given 9 scenarios total — 3 word-based scenarios (discussed above) and 6 video-based scenarios (discussed above) in random order. You WILL NOT be able to pause, rewind, or replay the videos. After you are given each scenario, you will have 30 seconds to prepare your answer, and then 5 minutes to type your responses to 3 questions associated with each of the 9 written/video scenarios. Once the 5 minutes is up, you will NOT be able to go back. There is no word limit for each question. 

COACH’S TIP: For the typed responses, we recommend that you spend 1.5 minutes on each of the 3 questions, and then 30 seconds at the end to quickly review your answers for obvious typos, grammar mistakes, etc.

  1. Video Response Section: You will be given 6 scenarios total — 2 word-based scenarios and 4 video-based scenarios in random order. You will have 30 seconds to reflect, and then 10 seconds to read each question (there are 3 questions per scenario, and you will see one question at a time). You will have 1 minute to record your response for each question. You WILL NOT be able to pause, rewind, or replay the videos.
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How long is the Casper test? It will take approximately 100-120 minutes to complete

You will have 2 optional breaks during the test: 5 minutes after the first 5 scenarios of the Typed Response Section and 10 minutes before the Video Response Section. 

IMPORTANT: The Video Response Section is relatively new to the 2022/2023 Casper Test Cycle (before you got 12 scenarios, all with typed responses). ALL programs will receive ONE traditional Casper score for the Typed Response Section. 

With the Video Response Section being so new, ONLY SELECT programs (called ‘early adopter programs’) that have passed certain reliability thresholds will get the Video Response scores (in addition to the traditional Typed scores), which they will use in later stages of the admission process (like when they’ve narrowed the applicant pool down and are making their final decisions). Programs will NEVER see your video responses or you on the screen, but they’ll get just the scores (if they’ve passed the reliability thresholds mentioned above).

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Caper Test – Registration and Test Requirements 

The first thing you need to do to prepare for your Casper test is reserve your test spot

IMPORTANT: Make sure you register for the Casper test at least 3 days before your preferred test date. If you need special accommodations, you should register at least 3 weeks prior to your preferred test date. 

To reserve your Casper test spot, you must choose a date and time (check all the available times for the Casper test here). 

Select your country, language, and then the program(s) you are applying to (e.g. Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, etc.), then the school(s) you are applying to. 

REMEMBER: The Casper tests for Nursing programs are typically held only in December to March each year, so if you are planning on taking this test, plan accordingly. 

Then, select the available test date that is best for you (make sure that the admission cycle is correct so that you’re doing it for the right application). You CANNOT change the date and time of the test once you’ve reserved it.

Then pay for the test ($40CAD for the test and $16CAD to distribute the scores) to reserve your spot. 

To take the Casper test, you MUST have:

  • Government-issued photo ID (English/French)
  • Valid email address
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Desktop or laptop computer
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection
  • Note that you CANNOT use Safari, only Chrome or FireFox

Before the test, there is 1 optional and one mandatory test setup check. Make sure to do the mandatory System Requirements Check In within 6 hours of your test time (this will help avoid unnecessary stress on test day).

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Casper Test – Evaluation  

You might be wondering how your Casper test is evaluated and who evaluates it. Here’s a quick breakdown to help you out. 

CASPER TEST EVALUATORS 

Every scenario (and the questions associated with it) is graded by a different evaluator (i.e. there will be 15 separate evaluators for your Casper test).

Your evaluators will be from the same country as the programs you’re applying to, and are selected from a diverse group of people. 

Each of them gets extensive training on an annual basis before each exam cycle, so they know exactly what to look for and will not be influenced by outside factors. 

They are not given ANY of your personal information, just your answer to the 3 questions of the scenario they are grading.

CASPER TEST SCORE

Each Casper test scenario is graded individually, and then the final score is averaged. This is the score that’s submitted to the program(s) you’re applying to.

You will NOT receive your final test score — only the programs you’re applying to will get an actual score.

However, you will get a quartile — or a value that divides a set of scores into 4 equal parts (i.e. 25% of test takers fall into each of the 4 ranges). This will tell you how you performed on your test relative to other test takers for the same test cycle. 

Here’s what the quartiles look like: 

  • 25% of applicants score in the 1st quartile (0-24 percentile)
  • 25% of applicants score in the 2nd quartile (25-49 percentile)
  • 25% of applicants score in the 3rd quartile (50-74 percentile)
  • 25% of applicants score in the 4th quartile (75-100 percentile)

Here, the applicants in the 4th quartile got the highest scores, and the 1st quartile applicants got the lowest scores. 

For example, if you scored in the 3rd quartile, then you know that your Casper score was better than test takers in the 1st and 2nd quartile. This means that your test score is higher than 50% of all other test takers. 

We know this can get a bit confusing, so connect with a coach any time if you have questions! 🙂

CASPER TEST EVALUATION CRITERIA

You might also be wondering what the Casper test evaluators are looking for?

Here are the top factors that the evaluators consider when looking at your typed and video responses:

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Each test has different questions, but the test is designed so that each of these areas is tested and can be evaluated based on the content of your responses. 

IMPORTANT: Make sure you ALWAYS highlight your skills in as many of these areas as possible in EVERY question. Each scenario will focus on and test each factor listed above, but you want to show your skills in each for every question.

For the Typed Response and Video Response questions, evaluators won’t pay too much attention to minor spelling or grammatical errors, English proficiency level, appearance, length of responses, or cut off or incomplete sentences. 

Instead, what’s important in their evaluation is how clear, compelling, and concise your answers are. Don’t ramble on, but get straight to the point, using unique and memorable examples and reasoning. 

There is no strict evaluation rubric, but they have guidelines and the flexibility to assign a score depending on the individual answer to each question in a scenario

As mentioned above, there is a different evaluator for each scenario, and that one person sees that same scenario over and over, so they know how other test takers are answering and they have a point of comparison with your response. This makes your evaluation relative to your other peers

For example, if an evaluator is assigned Scenario 7 and they are rating the 3 questions associated with that same scenario over and over, they will quickly be able to divide the strong answers from the not so strong, and have a good point of comparison of how memorable and unique your answer is versus the other hundreds of same responses for that scenario that they’ve seen. 

What Canadian Schools Require a Casper Test Score?

You might be wondering if you have to take the Casper test for your chosen program/university. 

Here are the schools that require a Casper test score:

Canadian Nursing Schools – Casper Test Required: 

  • McMaster University
  • York University 
  • Trent University
  • Mohawk College
  • Conestoga College 
  • University of British Columbia 
  • Nipissing University

Canadian Medical Schools – Casper Test Required:

  • McMaster University 
  • University of Ottawa
  • Dalhousie University 
  • McGill University
  • University of Alberta
  • Universite de Montreal 
  • Memorial University Faculty of Medicine
  • Queen’s University 
  • Universite Laval
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Manitoba

IMPORTANT: Whether or not you need to do a Casper test depends on the program you’re applying to. If you are unsure about whether your chosen program requires a Casper test score, check their website or contact their admissions office.  

Not sure if you need to do the Casper test for your program? Connect with a coach for support.

Preparing for the Casper Test

While you won’t know exactly what 15 scenarios and questions you’ll get on your Casper test until you’re actually doing it, there are a few ways that you can prepare. 

Preparation can help you feel more confident, and that’s why we created this guide. 

One of the evaluation criteria is self-awareness – knowing who you are can help you really understand how you’d respond to specific scenarios, along with getting a better sense of your strengths, weaknesses, skills, and values. That’s why we highly recommend you get in touch with us and fill out our Student Identity Blueprint

Our ‘full student’ coaching process focuses on the areas that Casper test evaluators look for, like self awareness, skills like collaboration, communication, and problem solving, etc.

We created this guide to help you feel more confident by knowing exactly what to expect from this test, as well as providing you with possible scenarios and example answers that incorporate all the evaluation criteria listed above. 

Keep reading to learn more prep tips and strategic ways you can ace your Casper test.

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Casper Test Preparation: Practice Questions and Examples

In this section, we’ll provide some Casper test practice questions, as well as some examples to show you what standout answers look like. 

IMPORTANT: The scenarios and questions below are for Casper test practice ONLY, and are NOT the actual questions you will receive on the test. 

These practice scenarios can be BOTH typed responses and video responses. If you want to practice video responses, simply open up your camera on your computer and record yourself answering each of the questions. 

Remember that you have 5 minutes to answer each written response, and 1 minute to record your answers for EACH of the 3 questions in each video response scenario.

As mentioned above, the Casper test evaluators are scoring you based on these factors: Collaboration, Equity, Empathy, Ethics, Communication, Problem Solving, Professionalism, Resilience, Self-Awareness, and Motivation.

Our ‘full student’ coaching process focuses on all of these areas (and more). A good place to start is to fill out your Student Identity Blueprint and get in touch with us

Many of these skills are ones that interviewers for universities, scholarships, internships, and jobs test for. Each question is designed to see how you’d respond to a certain situation and how you apply each of these skills to find a solution or positive outcome.

Since you won’t know the actual questions until you’re taking the test, we recommend that you think about each of these factors and make some talking points for each. You can also think about specific experiences that have helped you develop these skills over time. Learn more about exactly how to do this in our Interview Prep Skills Guide

You will notice that all examples to the questions below showcase the student’s skills in the evaluation focus areas as much as possible. If you need some help coming up with strategies to highlight your abilities in each of these areas and to go through some practice questions 1-on-1 with a coach in real time, connect with us coach now. 

Casper Test: Practice Scenario 1 

Your Role: You are the Captain of the math team at your school.

Prompt: As team captain, you’ve been preparing with your team for months for an upcoming competition. The night before the competition, you get a call that there has been a death in your family and your parents are planning on traveling out of town so everyone can be together during this difficult time. They plan on leaving at the same time as the competition, meaning that you won’t be able to be there with your team. 

COACH’S TIP: In this scenario, the evaluation skills that you really want to emphasize are communication, empathy, professionalism, resilience, and self-awareness. In each of the 3 questions below, provide reasoning for your choices and why you answered the way you did, using examples, experiences, and personal insight and showcasing these skills wherever you can. 

QUESTION 1: Do you go with your parents or attend the contest? Why?

I would choose to go with my parents and miss the competition. Although it would be a difficult decision, I believe that family always comes first and no matter what happens you have to be there for them. I would also be completely confident that, as the team captain, I would have ensured that my team prepared as best they they could and would excel in the competition, even though I wasn’t there. 

QUESTION 2: How do you break the news to the person(s) you are leaving behind?

I would invite each member of my team to a Zoom meeting, and explain the situation. I would apologize and communicate what a difficult decision this was, but that I hope they’d understand. As their Captain, I would try to make them as confident as possible before the competition, reinforcing how much preparation we’d done and how ready we were for anything that came up. I would then offer to help with any last minute preparation they needed. Then, on competition day, I would use technology to my advantage and regularly send them text messages and do FaceTime chats. It would be important for me to show my support of my team members and make sure that they knew I was rooting for them even though I wasn’t physically present.

QUESTION 3: Describe a time when you felt like you were letting someone down, and what you did to resolve the situation. 

I felt like I was letting someone down when I was the Captain for my high school basketball team. We had been practicing for months and spending a lot of extra hours in the gym so that we’d win a tournament that we had placed second for the last 3 years. During the game, we were in the lead on the first half and it seemed like everything was going our way. However, we were just a few points shy from winning the whole game. I felt like I let the whole team down because I was the one who was supposed to lead them to victory and first place. When I apologized to the team, they told me that even though they didn’t win, they had become better athletes and even better at basketball because of my leadership and dedication to them, so that made up for the disappointment. I spent a lot of time rewatching the game to see areas we could improve, and I plan to make a detailed plan about how we can learn from that going forward. 

Casper Test: Practice Scenario 2 

Prompt: Consider this statement: “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” – Albert Einstein

COACH’S TIP: In this scenario, the evaluation skills that you really want to emphasize are communication, empathy, equity, professionalism, and self-awareness. In each of the 3 questions below, provide reasoning for your choices and why you answered the way you did, using examples, experiences, and personal insight and showcasing these skills wherever you can. 

QUESTION 1: What does this quote mean to you? 

This quote emphasizes the importance of treating every single person with the same respect, regardless of factors like money, race, gender, status, etc. Especially in this day and age, we have all seen the violence and danger that comes from treating people with prejudice and judging them on things that really have no influence on who they are as people. Einstein was able to see past something trivial like status or a person’s job and treat everyone with the same decency and respect. What we as people have in common aren’t any of these factors, but the fact that we are all human, going through the same human experiences and struggles. If we can eliminate our biases and see everyone as equals, like Einstein did, then many of the problems in the world today would be resolved.

QUESTION 2: How is this quote relevant to your life and your interest in nursing?

This quote is especially relevant to how I collaborate, communicate, and interact with people every day. I aspire to live in a world where people aren’t judged for things they cannot change or control, and I make a big effort to treat everyone in the same way that I want to be treated (they don’t call it the golden rule for nothing!). By treating everyone with the same respect, I am making a small positive difference in the world each day — and small acts lead to big changes. As an aspiring nurse, I plan to show each patient the respect, dignity, and kindness that they deserve. I believe that this makes a significant difference to their experiences and it can also help to improve patient outcomes. If patients and their families feel like their opinions are respected, they will respond more positively to their care and they will feel like they are valued, and not just a small part of the healthcare system. Medicine isn’t faceless, it’s about real people from all walks of life working together to make the world a better place, and this all starts with respect and eliminating biases or prejudices.

QUESTION 3: Talk about a time when this quote was especially relevant in your life.

My parents immigrated to Canada when I was 9 years old, and since that time I have seen the many challenges they’ve faced when adapting to a new culture, language, and country. There were many times when my family was treated differently by people because of how we looked. When Einstein says that people should be treated with the same respect regardless of their profession or social status, I believe that this also applies to things like race and religion. When I started volunteering at a hospital in my local community in high school, my mentor never once treated me differently because of how I looked. Little did she know, this gave me the confidence and motivation to excel, and I actually did better at my job because I knew that I could be my authentic self without being judged. This made me determined to always treat others with the same level of respect, so that everyone I work with has that same level of confidence.

Casper Test: Practice Scenario 3

Your Role: You are a group member in your Biology class.

Prompt: You are working on a project for your Biology class with 4 group members. You’ve set up a group chat so you can discuss the project before the deadline in 3 days. When you open the chat, you see that 2 members, John and Sarif, are accusing another member, Jennifer, of not pulling her weight on the project. 

The messages aren’t very nice and you can see Jennifer getting noticeably upset in her responses. Jennifer says that she has been working really hard on another project that’s due on the same day, and she is contributing as much as she can to the group. John and Sarif continue to gang up on her and say that they don’t care about her excuses — all they want to do is get the project done before the deadline. They threaten to go to the teacher and tell him to give Jennifer a bad mark.

COACH’S TIP: In this scenario, the evaluation skills that you really want to focus on are communication, empathy, problem solving, professionalism, equity, and self-awareness. In each of the 3 questions, provide reasoning for your choices and why you answered the way you did, using examples, experiences, and personal insight and showcasing these skills wherever you can. 

QUESTION 1: How would you try to diffuse the situation? 

When faced with a situation like this, I would focus on effective conflict resolution that fits the needs of everyone in the group. I would calmly say that our group should meet up in person. In my experience people have difficulty picking up tones, body language, and physical cues over text messages (and this sometimes actually makes the situation worse). Next, I would try to act as the mediator and make the effort to help both parties understand where the other is coming from. I would highlight all the ways that Jennifer has helped in the group so far, and I’d explain to Jennifer that perhaps John and Sarif are feeling the pressure with the deadline coming up, so they are probably worried that everything won’t get done on time if Jennifer’s focus is on her other project. By volunteering at my community’s Salvation Army, I’ve noticed that things work better in a group setting when members feel heard and respected. I would also make an effort to take Jennifer aside privately and make sure that she felt comfortable and okay to continue working with the group. I would emphasize the fact that I have been in her situation and know what it’s like to have too many things to do, just so she feels like she has the support she needs and is less stressed out. 

QUESTION 2: What would your next steps be to get the group back on track? 

Once my group members felt a bit more calm and at ease, I would take on a leadership role to come up with a comprehensive plan about how we can use the time we have left before the deadline to ensure that everything gets done and everyone has an equal role in the group. I would see what we have left to do, and decide who would be the best person to get those things done. I would assign each person a series of tasks, along with specific deadlines, and continually check in to make sure that each person is pulling their weight. In my experience, such as while volunteering to organize a fundraiser in my community this last summer, I’ve learned that redefining the group’s goals, expectations, and roles really helps each group member feel more confident and it helps to purge any lingering negative energy that was left over after a conflict happened. Also, as tasks were getting done, I would check in with each member privately to make sure they were happy with the progress of the project and to see if there were any issues that needed resolving so that a similar conflict like before didn’t happen again.  

QUESTION 3: If the teacher approached you later saying that John and Sarif said that Jennifer didn’t deserve a good mark for this project, how would you respond?

When confronted by the teacher, I would make an effort to not single out anyone individually. Instead, I would tell the teacher that everyone in the group was working together to find a solution to the conflict, and that we had all come up with a plan together so everyone in the group was doing their part. During the project, everyone had worked on it in some capacity, so I wouldn’t want some people to get a worse mark than others. A group succeeds or fails together, and this is exactly what I would want to happen in this situation. I wouldn’t want Jennifer to continue to feel ganged up on by getting a worse mark than everyone else, and with the strategy that I had helped put in place to complete the project on time, I think it would be fair that everyone would get the same mark.

Casper Test: Practice Scenario 4 

Your Role: You are a fellow student of Amber and Steven, writing a test for the same class as them.

Prompt: You are taking a test at school, and you’ve been studying for it for weeks. You’ve stayed up late every night, paid for a tutor, and really put in the work to get a good mark. During the test, you see two of your friends, Amber and Steven, cheating off one another. You know that they didn’t spend any time studying and they are taking the easy road to get a good mark. 

COACH’S TIP: In this scenario, the evaluation skills that you really want to emphasize are communication, professionalism, equity, problem solving, resilience, and self-awareness. In each of the 3 questions below, provide reasoning for your choices and why you answered the way you did, using examples, experiences, and personal insight and showcasing these skills wherever you can.

QUESTION 1: What would you do when you see Amber and Steven cheating, and how would you feel?  

If I saw Amber and Steven cheating, I would feel frustrated that they are taking the easy road instead of putting in the effort like I did. I would feel especially upset because I had spent so much time studying and doing extra work to make sure I got a good mark. However, I would not react negatively at the moment (like telling the teacher right away) because I would want to make sure that I was still giving all my attention to my test and finishing it to the best of my ability. After the test, I would take some time to cool down and consider the situation and think about all my available options. 

QUESTION 2: Do you tell the teacher what you saw?

I don’t think that I would tell the teacher what I saw, because it isn’t my place to get in the middle. Instead, I would approach Amber and Steven and communicate to them that their actions seem unfair to the rest of the students in the class. I’d calmly explain that most of the students spent a lot of time studying and it is really upsetting to see people trying to take the easy way out. I’d also say that the point of the test isn’t just to get a good grade, but to learn the course material and expand their knowledge. By cheating, they aren’t learning anything new, they’re just focusing on a mark. Finally, if I saw them cheating again, then I would definitely approach the teacher and explain the situation, since I believe continued unethical behaviour shouldn’t be allowed without seeking the help from a teacher, supervisor, or mentor.

QUESTION 3: Discuss a time when you witnessed unethical behaviour like this. How did you react and what did you do? 

I witnessed unethical behaviour like this when I was volunteering for a food bank in my community last year. During a fundraising event I was selling admission tickets at the door with another volunteer. The money from admissions was part of the fundraising and was donated to the cause. As we were selling tickets, the other volunteer let 3 of her friends in without paying. At first, this made me angry because it seemed unfair that they would get in for free, and I was worried that I’d be unable to explain the discrepancy in the money and tickets after the event. Rather than reacting with negative emotions, I took a quick break and went for a walk. When I got back, I explained the situation to the other volunteer, and told her that letting her friends in for free meant that we were out $60 that we could donate to the event. I explained that I understood that she wanted to do her friends a favour, but that it still seemed unfair to the event’s guests and the patients we were raising the money for. She said that she never considered this point of view before and it wasn’t her intention to take money away from our event. She ended up paying the $60 for her friends.

Casper Test: Additional Practice Questions

Here are some situational and statement questions without answers to help you get a better sense of the types of things you’ll be asked on your test.

Simply print out the questions write down your answers as you’re practicing! 🙂

ADDITIONAL PRACTICE QUESTION 1
  • QUESTION 1: Do you approach Steve and ask him for his payment for the trip? If so, what do you say?
  • QUESTION 2: What do you do if Steve blows you off again and still doesn’t send you the money?
  • QUESTION 3: Describe a similar situation where you were put in an awkward position. What happened, and what did you learn?
ADDITIONAL PRACTICE QUESTION 2

Prompt: Consider the following statement: Studies show that the most important skills for success in professional settings are time management, team work, communication, organization, and problem solving.

  • QUESTION 1: In your opinion, which of the 3 skills above are the most important to have in a professional setting?
  • QUESTION 2: Explain why you believe this is true.
  • QUESTION 3: Discuss a time when you went above and beyond to use these skills to get something done, and describe the outcome.
ADDITIONAL PRACTICE QUESTION 3

Your Role: You Dave and Sandra’s co-worker.

Prompt: You have been working at a coffee shop for 2 years. One morning, you’re working the opening shift and your co-worker, Dave, doesn’t show up. This isn’t the first time he’s been late, so you call him on the phone. He shows up 1 hour late, leaving you with all the responsibilities of opening the shop and dealing with the busy morning rush of customers.

  • Question 1: How do you approach Dave when he shows up to work late?
  • Question 2: Is there a way that similar situations could be prevented in the future?
  • Question 3: Describe a time when you faced a situation like this. What happened and what was the outcome?
ADDITIONAL PRACTICE QUESTION 4

Your Role: You are a group member, working on a project.

Prompt: You are working on a group project, when you hear 2 members of the group, Lila and Sameer, talking about the third member, Stacey, behind her back. They are saying some really mean things, like making fun of her clothing and say that she really needs a makeover. Little do they know, Stacey heard everything and she doesn’t show up to class the next day because she’s so upset.

  • Question 1: How do you respond to this situation?
  • Question 2: How do you approach Lila and Sameer and/or Stacey?
  • Question 3: Describe a similar time when you had to deal with conflict in a group setting. What happened and what was the outcome?
ADDITIONAL PRACTICE QUESTION 5

Prompt: Consider the following statement: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

  • Question 1: What does this quote mean to you?
  • Question 2: Do you consider yourself to be a pessimist or optimist?
  • Question 3: Describe a time when you showed resilience and overcame something that seemed difficult at first. What was the outcome and what did you learn?

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Casper Test – Common Questions

Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive from students about the Casper test.

What’s the format of the Casper test? 

The Casper test has 15 (word-based and video-based) scenarios each with 3 questions you must answer for each scenario (i.e. a total of 45 questions). 

You will have 9 scenarios where you type your responses, and 6 scenarios where you record our response on video

We know that this test can seem really overwhelming. Want to gain the confidence you need to ace the Casper test? Connect with a coach to do some practice questions and 1-on-1 test prep. 

How long is the Casper test?

The entire Casper test will take approximately 100-120 minutes to complete

How is the Casper test evaluated?

Each scenario (and the questions associated with it) is evaluated by a different evaluator (i.e. there will be 15 separate evaluators for your Casper test).

Each Casper test scenario is graded individually, and then the final score is averaged. This is the score that’s submitted to the program(s) you’re applying to.

They don’t follow a strict evaluation rubric, but they have guidelines and the flexibility to assign a score depending on the individual answer to each question in a scenario

The evaluators aren’t really focused on minor spelling or grammatical errors, English proficiency level, appearance, length of responses, or cut off or incomplete sentences. 

Instead, they want to see that each of your answers showcases your professionalism, social intelligence, and skills in these areas: 

  • Collaboration
  • Motivation
  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Problem Solving
  • Professionalism 
  • Equity 
  • Resilience 
  • Self-Awareness 

Want to learn how to showcase your skills in each of these areas using personal insight, experiences, and effective examples? Connect with a coach for support now.

Can I take the Casper test more than once?

No. You cannot take the Casper test more than once and submit your highest score. You can take a Casper test type ONCE per application year cycle

However, each program (e.g. undergrad nursing program, medical school, etc.) has a different test type. If you are applying to more than one type of program (i.e. you are applying to nursing and to med school) you must take each test type for that program.  

Why do I have to write a Casper Test?

Reviewers for the program or position you’re applying to know nothing about you other than the few details they’ve seen on paper (grades, education, extracurricular experiences, etc.). 

The Casper test goes beyond traditional tools used for assessing non-academic factors, like personal statements and reference letters.

The Casper test provides a holistic view of applicants, and gives reviewers a chance to go beyond the surface and see who you really are and how you interact with others.

It is designed to show evaluators your behavioural tendencies — which is very important in a profession like healthcare. Put simply, it gives you an opportunity to show your true self.

How do I access my Casper test score & results?

When you write your test, you will NOT be able to access your final test score. Only the programs you’re applying to will get an actual score.

As mentioned above, you’ll be able to see how you did compared to other test takers for that year. 

You will get a quartile which will tell you how you performed on your test relative to other test takers for the same test cycle. It looks like this: 

  • 25% of applicants score in the 1st quartile (0-24 percentile)
  • 25% of applicants score in the 2nd quartile (25-49 percentile)
  • 25% of applicants score in the 3rd quartile (50-74 percentile)
  • 25% of applicants score in the 4th quartile (75-100 percentile)

Here, the applicants in the 4th quartile got the highest scores, and the 1st quartile applicants got the lowest scores. Check out the evaluation section we wrote about this earlier in the guide for more information on Casper test scoring.

How long is my Casper test score valid?

Your Casper score(s) is valid for 1 admission cycle per test type. 

For example, if you are applying to Canadian nursing programs for the 2023/2024 academic year, you will need to take the Casper test as a part of your application. If you then decide to take a gap year and plan on starting the program for the 2024/2025 academic year, you will need to take the test again next year before you apply again.  

How do I register for the Casper Test?

To reserve your spot for the Caster test, visit this page.

You must register, select your test day/time, and pay at least 3 days before your preferred test date

If you need special accommodations, you should register at least 3 weeks prior to your preferred test date. 

How much does the Casper Test cost? 

In Canada, the Casper test costs $56CAD total — $40CAD for the test and $16CAD to distribute the scores. 

You must pay this fee while you are reserving your spot and test time

Do I need to do a Casper Test for Nursing programs in Canada?

Canadian nursing programs that require a Casper test score are: 

  • McMaster University
  • York University 
  • Trent University
  • Mohawk College
  • Conestoga College 
  • University of British Columnbia 
  • Nipissing University

If you are unsure about whether the program you’re applying to requires a Casper test school, we highly recommend that you check their website or contact their admissions office. You can also connect with us for support any time and we’ll help you out.

Once I write the Casper test, what happens? 

When you have written the Casper test, your score will automatically be sent to the programs you’re applying to (you will have selected these when you registered).

They will receive the score approximately 2-3 weeks after your test date.

The program will get ONE score (the written score). 

As mentioned above, only select programs (called ‘early adopter programs’) that have passed certain reliability thresholds will get the Video Response scores (in addition to the traditional Typed scores). However, they will NOT be able to see your video responses, but they will just get this video score. 

What are some Casper Test preparation tips? 

We get that this test can seem really overwhelming, especially if you don’t know how to approach your Casper test prep. 

One of the best ways you can prepare is by understanding the ins-and-outs of the test (format, evaluation, etc.) so that you know exactly what to expect and you feel more confident — and that’s exactly why we created this guide!

Another way to prepare is building self-awareness, like thinking about what you value, what your strengths and weaknesses are, and what your experiences have taught you. A quick way to start this process is by filling out our Student Identity Blueprint and reading our Self-Awareness Skills Guide.

You also want to make sure that you can communicate your ideas effectively, clearly, and concisely. To learn how to do this, check out our Narrative and Deductive Communications Guides

Another good tips is to think about the evaluation criteria that we discussed above, and make sure you highlight as many of them as you can in all your answers. Come up with a couple talking points for each, as well as some experiences where you developed these areas. Having some general talking points in each area will set you up for success no matter what scenario you get. 

If you want to take your Casper test prep to the next level, we highly recommend that you work with one of our Youth Coaches. They’ll work with you 1-on-1 and give you the prep tips and mentorship to help you create unique and authentic answers that showcase your skills, professionalism, and social intelligence, and passion for the career you’re pursuing. 

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Our coaches have a strong success rate supporting students as they prepare for and write their Casper test. 

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