All applicants to the Medical School and Medical Scientist Training Program are required to complete an online situational judgement test called Casper (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics). Casper complements other tools used for applicant screening that assesses noncognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. By implementing Casper, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our holistic admissions review process. Successful completion of Caper 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 that 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 go to www.takealtus.com to sign up for the Baylor College of Medicine test (CSP-10111) and reserve a test using your TMDSAS ID number 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 under a time contract. 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. No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at www.takealtus.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.
Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken this test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.
Please direct any inquiries on the test to Altus Assessments. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the www.takealtus.com/contact-us website.
Altus Assessments has released Altus Snapshot and Duet, an extension of the Casper Test to help aid in the admissions process. A Casper test score is required in order to be considered for an interview. We do not require Snapshot or Duet.