Writing the CASPer® test presents a unique challenge. It’s unlike any exam I've ever written. Although they say you can’t study for the test, you can certainly prepare. Here are a few of our tips to help you do your best on this one-of-a-kind exam.
1. Know the layout
To get where you want to go, it helps to have a map. The CASPer® format is so different that before I wrote the test, I studied the layout multiple times. You need to know what you’re in for.
Essentially, there are 12 video- and word-based scenarios, followed by 3 open-ended questions. You will have 5 minutes to write your response per scenario, meaning 5 minutes to answer 3 questions. The test continues whether or not you’re done with an answer, and you can’t go back. There is a brief break in the middle of the test for you to collect your thoughts. We designed our practice tests to simulate the real thing as closely as possible so that you can affordably prepare for this distinctive format.
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2. Let it go
This was a hard one for me. Like many medical students, I struggle with perfectionism. This tendency unfortunately gets in the way for the CASPer® test.
As I mentioned above, the test automatically moves along whether or not you’re done writing. This means that you’ll likely be moved ahead in the middle of writing your answer in some cases. My brain doesn’t like this. So, I had to practice letting go and accepting that my answers wouldn’t be perfect.
3. Let it og
Don’t fix your typos! (See what I did there?) It’s so tempting to go back and correct typos and spelling mistakes, but the test administrators promise that it doesn’t affect your score. The content of your answers is what’s most important.
4. Be non-judgemental
The 12 scenarios in the test are often presented in a way that makes it easy to make a snap judgement about it. You must take a step back and write in your answer how you would consider multiple angles. For example, a classic practice question is that someone comes into the workplace smelling like alcohol, and the prompt asks you what you would do. Take a step back before you answer. Is it alcohol that you’re smelling? Could it be an acetone smell because the person has type 1 diabetes? Don’t be judgemental and keep your mind open, and then ensure that’s reflected in your answers.
5. Practice your typing speed
There are plenty of free resources like this one where you can practice to improve your speed. The faster you type, the more content you can add to your answers.
I hope this helps. We will continue to post tips in the future so that you can Crush It.