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Understanding Casper Scores: Everything You Need to Know

The Casper test, part of the Altus Suite, evaluates essential non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics required for success in professional programs. This article explores Casper scores, their reliability, distribution, validity, and answers frequently asked questions to help prospective test-takers understand this important assessment.

How Casper is Scored

Casper scores are calculated through a rigorous evaluation process where multiple raters assess each section. The assessment focuses on several key areas:

  1. Ethical and Professional Judgment: Evaluates the ability to navigate complex moral situations and make sound decisions.

  2. Empathy and Communication: Assesses skills critical for effective interpersonal interactions.

  3. Problem-Solving: Measures the ability to address and resolve issues presented in scenarios.

Each section is scored independently, and the final score is an aggregate of these evaluations, providing a comprehensive assessment of the candidate's capabilities.

Score Range

Casper scores are typically presented on a standardized scale, with a range designed to indicate a candidate's relative performance compared to other test-takers. While specific score ranges may vary depending on the testing cohort and the exact version of the test, scores are generally reported in a percentile format. This percentile ranking shows how a candidate performed relative to their peers.

For instance, scoring in the 75th percentile means the candidate performed better than 75% of the test-takers.


Distribution of Casper Scores


After completing the Casper test, scores are processed and distributed to the programs on your list within 2-3 weeks. You will not receive an email notification about the score delivery. Instead, you can check the status in the Reservations section of your Acuity Insights account. The status "Completed – Results delivered" indicates that your scores have been sent, whereas "Completed – Results pending" means the scores are still being processed. Allow time for individual programs to update their systems with your scores.

Validity of Casper Scores

Casper scores are valid for only one admissions cycle and specific to the test type you took. This means you must retake the Casper test for future admissions cycles or different test categories, including programs in other countries or languages. The test evolves annually, and responses must be assessed against the new pool of candidates, ensuring scores are relevant to the current applicant landscape.

Importance of Preparing for Casper

While Casper assesses non-cognitive skills, adequate preparation can significantly enhance performance. Familiarizing yourself with the types of scenarios and practicing responses can help you articulate your thoughts clearly and effectively under time constraints. Various resources, including practice tests and guides, offer valuable insights into the test structure and question types.

Reliability of Casper Scores

Casper scores are known for their high reliability. This means that if an applicant took a different version of the Casper test with various scenarios or had different evaluators, they would likely receive a similar score. The test's strong inter-rater reliability, with intraclass correlations ranging from 0.84 to 0.94 across a large sample of applicants, underscores this consistency.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Z Score in Casper?

The Z score in Casper is a statistical measure indicating how a candidate's score compares to the mean score of the entire test-taking population. A Z score of 0 represents an average score, while positive or negative Z scores show how many standard deviations above or below the mean the candidate's score falls. This helps in understanding a candidate's performance relative to their peers.

What is a Good Casper Score?

A good Casper score places you in the upper quartiles of the test-taking population. While exact thresholds vary by program, scoring in the top 25% (75th precentile) generally signifies strong performance. This high percentile indicates you have demonstrated excellent non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics compared to other candidates.

How Do I See My Casper Quartile?

You can view your Casper quartile in the Reservations section of your Acuity Insights account. After your scores are processed and delivered, the quartile ranking will be displayed, showing your standing relative to other test-takers. This quartile ranking provides insight into your competitiveness for programs utilizing Casper scores in admissions.

What is a Good Percentile for the Casper Test?

A good percentile for the Casper test is typically in the 75th percentile or above. Being in this range means you have outperformed most of your peers, showcasing strong ethical reasoning, empathy, communication, and problem-solving skills. High percentile scores can enhance your application and improve your chances of selection by competitive programs.


Casper scores play a crucial role in the admissions process for many professional programs, providing a reliable measure of essential non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics. Understanding the scoring process, distribution, and validity of Casper scores helps candidates better prepare and navigate the admissions landscape. By addressing common questions and providing detailed insights, this article aims to equip prospective test-takers with the knowledge needed to excel in the Casper test and achieve their academic and professional goals.

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