The CASPer™ Test

Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics 

All applicants to the Internationally Educated Nursing and Second-Entry Nursing programs at York University are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer™), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer™ is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.

CASPer™ 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. In implementing CASPer™, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 

In order to take CASPer™, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities 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.

The CASPer™ test is comprised of 10-12 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 takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

To schedule and take CASPer™, please visit takeCASPer.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost to the applicant for completing the CASPer test?

The cost is $40 for the test plus an additional $10 administrative fee for each school of nursing to which the student applies.

What is the process for taking the CASPer assessment? How and where do applicant’s register? 

Applicants are informed of the process, assessment procedures and dates concurrently with applying for admission to the Internationally Educated Nursing and Second-Entry Nursing programs at York through the normal OUAC application process.

Current and former York students who apply for Second-Entry Nursing through an internal (York) applications are also required to complete the CASPer assessment. Applicants will be directed to the CASPer site for registration for the test.

When are the assessment/test dates?

There are multiple testing times scheduled in February each year. Applicants will be informed of the date, time and process for the assessment that they have been assigned to.

How long do the results of my CASPer test remain valid?

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle and only for the program type and country for which they were written. Applicants who have already taken the test will therefore be expected to re-take it.

Can I get the results of my CASPer test?

Results of the CASPer test are provided only to the university admission offices which the student has identified. Students do not receive their scores.

Can I re-do the CASPer assessment/test if I feel I didn't do well?

Applicants are only permitted to do the CASPer assessment once per admission cycle.

How quickly are applicant's results on the CASPer provided to the University Admissions Office after the assessment is completed?

Results are typically provided to the Admissions Office within a month of completing the CASPer assessment. The University then requires additional time to assess the full applicant file with the School of Nursing before admission decisions are made.

How is the CASPer assessment weighted versus an applicant's academic record in making admission decisions? 

The CASPer score will be weighted one third to the applicant's academic record (GPA) two thirds in the admissions assessment process.