Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics test (CASPer)

Update – September 28, 2020

For the 2021 admissions cycle we ask that you complete Casper Snapshot, an extension of the Casper Test to provide us with a better understanding of your communication skills and personal attributes. Casper Snapshot is a short video response tool where you will be asked three standardized questions and be given two minutes to read and respond to each question. It should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete. You can complete it at any time after reserving your CASPer test date and before the document deadline of January 15. You can learn more about Snapshot at the Casper site.

All applicants to the Master of Physical Therapy, at University of British Columbia are required to complete the Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics test (CASPer), 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 the other tools that we use for applicant screening. Successful completion of CASPer 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 anywhere you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to technical difficulty. You will need your student ID number and a piece of government-issued photo ID to reserve a test. If you are a new applicant to the University of British Columbia, you will receive an 8 digit student number once your application has been submitted. 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. 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, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the 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.