What is the Casper and Altus Suite?

Introduction to Casper

PA schools have slowly transitioned to requiring this test in the last few years. The Casper test is a situational judgement and awareness exam that tests your judgement in challenging situations. The test looks for skills not evaluated in coursework or on the GRE/PA-CAT including professionalism, empathy, and ethics to name a few. The test has both written and recorded verbal responses. Each question is timed, with a total of five minutes to answer three discrete questions per prompt.

The first half of the test is written, where students must answer questions based off three word-based prompts and six video-based prompts. The answers are meant to be in complete sentences and are graded for content, not grammar or spelling.

The second half of the test is recorded video responses. There are two word-based as well as four video-based prompts. The test-taker is given one minute to record their answer for three questions for each prompt.

The total test takes about two hours to complete. The test is graded by real people, with each question graded by a different person to reduce the chance of bias. The exam takes a little under a month to be graded and the scores are sent to directly to the schools.

The Altus Suite and Snapshot

A number of schools are also requiring more than just the Casper. Casper is one element of a set of assessments called the Altus Suite. The Altus Suite also includes a new tool called Snapshot. Snapshot is a short one-way interview that helps programs evaluate students for the communication skills, presence, and motivation for professional school. Answers are recorded using a webcam. There are three questions with two minutes to prep for each question. Overall, Snapshot will take about ten minutes to complete. It can be completed anytime, but the Altus Suite recommends taking it within two weeks of completing the Casper. Questions asked are those asked in a standard interview. See our list of practice questions in the Test Tips section!

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