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Casper

Casper is one of 3 assessments that are a part of Altus Suite (Casper, Snapshot, and Duet). Snapshot and Duet will NOT be considered for admission, and the Admissions Committee will not have access to the results of those assessments. Only the Casper score will be considered.

All applicants are required to have a current Casper score as part of the application. Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle (between May of the application year and the deadline for your application). Applicants who took the test in previous admissions cycles are expected to re-take it.

Since applicants do not need to study in advance for Casper, we strongly recommend taking the exam early so that it doesn’t interfere with any school’s deadlines.

Applicants for E-22 class Casper deadlines:

  • Last available test date for non-WWAMI MD applicants: 9/23/2021
  • Last available test date for WWAMI MD applicants: 10/28/2021
  • Last available test date for MD/PhD applicants**: 12/7/2021

*WWAMI = Residents of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho
**WWAMI residents applying for both MD and MD/PhD must take CASPer by 10/28/2021

Casper is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement other tools we use for applicant screening. In implementing Casper, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 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. No exceptions will be made.

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 75 to 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 https://takealtus.com/casper/, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. Their FAQ page is also helpful. 

To register:

  1. Visit https://takealtus.com/dates-times/
  2. Scroll to Browse Test Dates and Times
  3. Select United States of America
  4. Select Medicine (Allopathic)
  5. Select University of Washington School of Medicine
  6. Select Reserve Your Test