Casper Test

New Admission Requirement: Casper Test

All applicants applying to the Bachelor of Education program at the University of Alberta are required to complete the Casper test as part of their application for the 2022/2023 admission cycle. 

The Casper test is a 60-90 minute online situational judgement test. It is a standardized online assessment of non-cognitive skills, interpersonal characteristics, and personal values and priorities that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. The Casper test will complement the other factors that we use for applicant review and evaluation. In implementing the Casper test, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our admission process. 

Important Notes for Applicants:

  • The earlier your Casper scores are submitted, the earlier the U of A can make an admission decision on your application. We recommend applying as early as possible for admission and taking the Casper test on the earliest scheduled date possible. 
  • Note that Casper test times are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  • The testing dates available for your Casper test are those listed on the Casper website. There will be no additional tests scheduled. 
  • You may only take the Casper test once per admission cycle. Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle, so applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

There will be two Casper tests available to take, one for After Degree applicants ("Bachelor of Education, After Degree") and one for Direct-Entry/Transfer applicants ("Bachelor of Education"). You must select the appropriate test for the specific program you are applying to. 

If you have any questions about the Casper test or run into difficulties with the test, please contact support@altus.as

Casper FAQs

When do I sign up for the Casper test?
We recommend that you sign up to take the Casper test as soon as possible! You may complete the Casper test before or after you submit your application to the Bachelor of Education. The earlier you submit your application AND complete your Casper test, the earlier we can evaluate your application for admission!
What do I need to complete the Casper test?

In order to take the Casper test, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation AND completing the test:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Valid email address (the same one you will use to submit your application)
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection
How do I sign up for the Casper test?
  1. Go to www.TakeAltus.com to sign up for Altus Suite for Canadian Teacher's Education and register using a piece of government-issued photo ID. To select the correct program choose Canada for country which the school you are applying to resides in and for the program you are applying for choose Bachelor of Education (test code: CSP-10209 – Canadian Teacher’s Education 1 ) if you are a direct entry or transfer applicant or choose Bachelor of Education - After Degree (test code: CSP-20209 – Canadian Teacher’s Education 2) if you are applying to the after-degree program. Register using a piece of government-issued photo ID.
  2. Select a Casper test date. 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 and that you used for your application; there may be updates to the test schedule. 
    1. Important: To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. 
  3. Ensure that you have selected either University of Alberta Bachelor of Education (for direct-entry/transfer applicants) or Bachelor of Education, After Degree for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on TakeAltus.com. 
  4. Please direct any inquiries about the Casper test to support@altus.as. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the TakeAltus.com website. 
What if I need accommodations?

Closed captioning is available on all Casper tests and does not require a request. If you require testing accommodations for the Casper test, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding accommodations can be found here. Any questions about accommodations can be sent to support@altus.as.

What is the Casper test comprised of?
The Casper test comprises 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. A more detailed look at the Casper test can be found on this video.
How long does the Casper test take to complete?

The Casper test takes approximately 90 minutes, which includes the introduction, about 75 minutes of questions, and an optional 10-minute break at the halfway point (after six sections).

Please aim to log in to your Altus Suite account approximately thirty minutes before your scheduled test time and ensure your computer, webcam, and internet connection are in working order for your test.

How is the Casper test graded?

Each response is graded by a different Casper rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. Applicant quartile delivery is four weeks from writing. You receive the scores after two weeks, and two weeks later, the quartile report is delivered into your account.

Do I need to study for the Casper test?
No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at TakeAltus.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment, but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test.
I am applying to a 5-year combined degree. Do I need to take the Casper test?
For the Fall 2022 intake, we will not require our 5-year combined degree applicants to take the Casper test. This is because you would be applying to our partner faculty for admission and will need to meet their admission requirements.
Will I find out the score of my Casper test?
You will receive a score range of where you fall. You will receive this 2 weeks after you write your Casper test!
Do I need to arrange to have my Casper test results sent to the University of Alberta?
No! Casper scores are automatically sent to us on your behalf.