The CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics)
Applicants to Michener’s full-time programs (Chiropody, Diagnostic Cytology, Genetics Technology, Medical Laboratory Science, Respiratory Therapy and Ultrasound) are required to complete CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics), to assist with the selection process. CASPer results will be used along with published admission requirements to rank applicants and offer admission.
CASPer is an online test designed to assess key non-cognitive skills, as well as interpersonal and professional characteristics for students to be successful in Michener programs and in health care professions.
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 set amount of time. 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 Michener programs. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer , and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.
In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation and taking the test:
- Government-issued photo ID
- Valid email address
- Working webcam
- Working microphone
- Reliable high-speed internet connection
No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online.
Please go to takeCASPer to sign up and reserve a test using your OCAS ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with available testing dates and times between October and January. Please note there are five available test dates and times:
Sep 23, 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Oct 7, 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Oct 14, 2021 – 8:00 PM EDT
Oct 19, 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Nov 23, 2021 – 5:00 PM EST
Dec 9, 2021 – 5:00 PM EST
Jan 5, 2022 – 8:00 PM EST
Jan 27, 2022 – 5:00 PM EST
Feb 17, 2022 – 8:00 PM EST
You must complete your CASPer assessment on one of these dates. You only have to sit one test for a Michener program and your results for that test will be used for all Michener programs (Cardiovascular Perfusion, Chiropody, Diagnostic Cytology, Genetics Technology, Medical Laboratory Science, Respiratory Therapy and Ultrasound).
Note: The CASPer Snapshot is not required for Fall 2022.
Please use an email address that you check regularly as there may be updates to the test schedule.
Please direct any inquiries on the test to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takeCASPer website.
CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.
An Introduction to the CASPer Test:
Being a healthcare practitioner is a moral undertaking, our admission process aims to admit students:
Who will reflect the following attributes in their behaviours
Who will perform the following in their professional relationships
- Take responsibility for their actions
- Act ethically
- Act in a collegial and collaborative manner
- Be reflective
- Be reliable
- Be trustworthy and honest
- Demonstrate respect for others
- Maintain confidences
We aim to admit students who will
- Be self-directed learners
- Be an integral part of an interprofessional healthcare team
- Be willing to self-assess
- Be willing to work hard
- Communicate effectively
- Demonstrate the ability to manage time
- Demonstrate ability to tolerate stress
- Demonstrate good judgement
- Recognize and respect the roles of other healthcare disciplines