3 Practice CASPer Questions and Best Responses (2023)

By: Ryan Kelly


(My written account of the video)

One member of your student group, Sue, is showing up unprepared and not contributing. She blames this shortcoming on a paper she had to write, but the other members argue that they were responsible for the same paper yet still managed to show up prepared. Two other members begin confronting Sue about the problem.

Question 1: You are a member of the study group and have not participated in the interaction so far, but now the group is looking to you. How would you defuse this situation?



Part of what makes ethical dilemma questions tricky is their missing information. They don’t usually give you everything you need to know to make a clear decision.

In this case, you don’t know anything about Sue’s life or responsibilities beyond her apparent lack of group work and her questionable excuse. That’s why you should always be searching.

At first, you need to give her the benefit of the doubt and ask tactful, non-accusatory questions that might reveal whether she’s withholding important information from the group. Maybe something like, “Is there anything going on outside of class that’s causing a distraction? Is there any way we could help?” Keep your questions general, and voice them from a position of concern.

Perhaps one of Sue’s close family members passed away, or maybe she’s stuck in an abusive relationship. Those might sound like extreme scenarios, but you can’t make any assumptions. For all you know, there’s a deep, terrible root to the much smaller problem in front of you.


It’s good to use conditional statements in your CASPer answers. For example:

“If the group discovered a serious personal issue in Sue’s life, I would offer to help Sue find support on campus and suggest talking to the professor as a group to explain the situation.”

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“If Sue hesitated to give us a valid excuse, but seemed troubled, I would try to talk to her in private after the group meeting in case she was too embarrassed or afraid to speak in front of the group.”

“If it appears that Sue is simply neglecting her duties, I would try to re-establish a set of expectations for the group and have everyone sign off on them.”

“If Sue didn’t correct her actions over the next few meetings, I would inform the professor about the situation and ask for his or her guidance.”

These conditional statements are like a cheat code for ethical dilemmas, because they let you create your own criteria for answering the question, while also showing yourself as someone who can think ahead and anticipate different outcomes.


In some ethical dilemmas, you can escape or skirt the decision-making process by calling upon some higher authority. There’s a reason why we have laws as a society and why we have bosses in the workplace. We need strict rules and arbiters of the system so that we can navigate these grey ethical areas that present themselves.

Sure, you want to explore all other options first. But in some cases, you won’t be left with that many choices. It’s important to know about the legal issues that apply to you as a student, a potential doctor, or a resident of your city/state. In some situations, you’ll be limited by confidentiality, or oppositely, you’ll be obligated to report a serious safety concern.

Don’t use these higher authorities as a cop-out, but definitely call upon them when appropriate.


(Excerpt from the test)

From time to time, we are all faced with conflict in some form. With experience, we learn to deal with different forms of conflict.

Question 1: Describe a time when you had to deal with conflict and how you coped with it?

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Question 2: How might you handle a similar situation differently should it arise again?

Question 3: What would be your strategy if you were faced with a conflict that cannot be resolved?



Before the CASPer, re-read your primary and secondary essays. Take a mental note of the different “genres” of questions you might be asked:

  • A time you failed
  • A time you had a serious disagreement
  • A time you worked with others unlike yourself
  • A time you navigated a personal crisis (yours or someone else’s)
  • A time you received unfair treatment or criticism

You might not have a pre-written answer for all of these, or you might have one example that works for all of them. Either way, it’s good to take inventory of your word bank of answers, so that you can quickly recall and utilize those stories when needed. You can’t copy/paste, so make sure to learn them well enough to paraphrase.


Since you have limited time, try to move through your presentation of the problem as quickly as possible. If you want to include a few extenuating circumstances, that’s fine, but don’t editorialize things too much. Just state what happened and own up to any mistakes you made along the way. The schools care more about how you processed the event and learned from it moving forward.

The prompt uses hypothetical language (What would be your strategy if…), but that doesn’t mean you can’t answer it with real events and evidence. If you’ve already applied the lessons from your conflict/failure to other facets of your life, then sharing those examples is probably your most compelling answer.


Medical schools want candidates who seem stable, level-headed, and objective enough to own up to their shortcomings. Oppositely, they do not want students who seem volatile, resentful, or clouded by bias.

Please please please do not choose stories about dealing with anxiety, or stories about your inability to handle stress. Also avoid anything that’s too fresh, like a recent fight with a roommate or a recent unfair policy at work. You need distance from the event to write about it properly. Don’t choose something if you’re still harboring any negativity about the situation, since that’s likely to come out in your essays.

When possible, avoid focusing on internal conflicts (doubt, depression, fear, etc.) and instead utilize stories that primarily hinge on external conflicts (deadlines, unexpected obstacles, etc.). You want to show yourself navigating your environment and circumstances, rather than navigating your own inner battles.


(My written account of the video)

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You work at a retail store. A customer wants to return an item for an $80.00 cash refund without a receipt, which is against the store policy. She pleads her case, explaining that she needs the money for her child’s prescription. Your manager is unavailable, so as the most experienced employee, you must advise a younger salesperson and make the final decision.

Question 1: What do you tell the other employee – go ahead and give the refund or abide by store policy? Justify your answer.

Question 2: Assume you advise the newer employee not to give the refund, but she does anyway. Do you report this to your supervisor? Why or why not?

Question 3: If you were asked to establish a policy for a new store around refunds, what aspects would you take into consideration?



As tempting as it is to make an exception for this poor mother who needs quick cash, it’s not your place in this situation to override store policy.

You have already offered the customer store credit and explained that she cannot get a refund without a receipt. Your hands are tied. The customer’s story about her child might be compelling, but that doesn’t make it true, and it’s not a sufficient enough reason to break an established rule.

Also, it could potentially be unwise to bend the rules in front of the younger employee, since it might set a bad example or precedent. There’s always the small chance that the younger employee will report YOU to your boss.

Moral of the story: there’s not enough information here for you to safely break the rules. You could maybe use some if/then conditional statements to help justify why you’d give the refund, or help explain what you’d do to follow through and find a possible compromise. But remember that there can be a slippery slope when it comes to making exceptions, so you’ll need to cover your bases well.


If the younger employee chooses to give the refund against your advice, you immediately become obligated to take action.

In some other settings, like a group project or a student organization, it would be best to confront the student/colleague first before reporting him or her to your supervisor.

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However, in this scenario, you’re clearly in a place of employment, and you’ve likely signed a contract to abide by certain company policies. By not reporting the broken rule, you become an accomplice, and if the transgression is discovered, you might be viewed as equally culpable.

For the sake of civility, you should definitely tell the younger employee about your plans to inform your boss about the break in policy. That way she won’t be surprised or feel deceived. It will also give her the chance to reach out to your boss on her own.


If you felt frustrated or limited by the first two questions, you can take some solace in the third one, which lets you to create new policy surrounding refunds. Rather than dwell too much on the unfortunate incident with the present customer, focus more on how this situation could be avoided moving forward.

One possible option would be to establish a better tracking system, so that a particular product could be confirmed as bought in a specific store’s location at a certain date and time. At the very least, that information would help you corroborate a customer’s story about when and where the item was purchased.

It would also be wise to seek your supervisor’s counsel and inquire about what circumstances would justify overriding the refund policy. If there are any stipulations or exceptions to the rule, you should take careful notes and share this information with other employees. That way, if you need to make a judgment call in the future, the staff will be better prepared.

If customers are allowed to pay in cash, it will be much harder to establish a consistent and fair policy. It might be smart to limit cash purchases to items under $20 dollars, since that’s the largest refund the employees are allowed to give in the current scenario. For larger purchases, you could limit customers to traceable payment methods.


Boo! Are you still scared?

Probably. But that’s okay. A test like the CASPer is bound to induce some anxiety. However, I hope that my tips will help you prepare and get in the right mindset, so that you can comfortably field any questions that come your way.

It’s a lot like Casper the Ghost. Once you get to know the test (just like the MMI), you’ll realize that it’s much more student-friendly than it seems.

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What is the best way to answer CASPer questions? ›

9 tips for typed responses on the Casper test
  1. Use frameworks to help you organize your thoughts.
  2. Note and scan.
  3. Create a story bank.
  4. Learn basic medical ethics.
  5. Don't just think it – use words that convey empathy and respect.
  6. Practice using time-bound scenarios.
  7. Type quickly.
  8. Let go of perfectionism.
Oct 21, 2022

What are the most common CASPer questions? ›

Practice Scenarios and Examples: Written/Video response scenarios; Examples; and More. Common Questions about the Casper Test: What's the format?; How much is it?; What programs require it?; Can I take it more than once?; How to prepare?; and More.

Do you have to answer all three CASPer questions? ›

After being presented with a scenario, you will be asked three open-ended questions. You have five minutes to answer each of the three questions before you are automatically advanced to the next scenario.

What makes a good CASPer response? ›

From our experience, students who do extremely well on the CASPer test are students who have strong interview skills. This means that they are articulate and have strong interview skills. On the video responses, the applicant comes off as personable, approachable, and empathetic.

Is 3rd quartile good for CASPer? ›

If you find out you scored in the third quartile, it means that while 25% of test takers were rated higher than you, you still rated higher than 50% of your peers.

How do you stand out in CASPer test? ›

6 CASPer Test Preparation Tips
  1. Research. Because of how different the CASPer Test is from other SJTs, it's important to do your research. ...
  2. Understand the Test Format. ...
  3. Understand How You'll be Scored. ...
  4. Practice With Sample Questions. ...
  5. Get Expert Feedback on Your Responses. ...
  6. Eliminate Tech Problems in Advance.
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What is the average CASPer score? ›

On average, students get 6.5-7.5 on our tests – averaged across all sections. If you are interested in practicing some CASPer test questions and seeing some answers, check out the link above for our CASPer tests with feedback!

Do you get a score with the practice CASPer test? ›

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While you won't see your score even with a practice test, taking a practice Casper will help you get used to the format and the kind of questions you can expect on the real Casper.

What is the highest CASPer score? ›

The grading of CASPer responses is done using a numerical Likert-style scale. The scale runs from 1 to 9 with 1 signifying a “unsatisfactory” response and 9 signifying a “superb” or superior one.

What is a good typing speed for CASPer? ›

While this doesn't mean that you need to study for Casper, we recommend you do the following prior to taking the test: Ensure you can type at least 40 words per minute without major grammatical errors.

What kind of answers are they looking for on the CASPer test? ›

CASPer raters do not have an answer key, so there is technically no single “right” answer. Rather, responses are analyzed to see if they reflect the qualities of a good, moral professional. There are often a few reasonable responses to a given scenario. No answer is truly wrong, either.

Can I drink water during CASPer? ›

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You need only last half an hour before you will get your break, in which you can eat and drink and refresh yourself, before beginning the next half an hour of the test.

Is it hard to pass CASPer? ›

The questions on CASPer® are objectively difficult - so you will be challenged. You may find that you read through a question and do not know what to write, which can lead to anxiety. Writer's block happens.

What is a good CASPer quartile? ›

Each of your responses is given a numerical score from 1 (unsatisfactory) to 9 (excellent) based on how well you responded in comparison to your peers. What is a good score on the CASPer test? A 4th-quartile CASPer result is the best score since it shows you were in the top 25% of test takers.

Is 75th percentile 3rd quartile? ›

The third quartile (Q3, or the upper quartile) is the 75th percentile, meaning that 75% of the data falls below the third quartile.

Is 3rd quartile equal to 70th percentile? ›

Quartile 3 is the 75th percentile, which means that at 41 points, 25% students scored above and 75% of students scored below this number.

Is quartile 3 upper or lower? ›

The upper quartile, or third quartile (Q3), is the value under which 75% of data points are found when arranged in increasing order. The median is considered the second quartile (Q2). The interquartile range is the difference between upper and lower quartiles.

Can you answer Casper in bullet points? ›

Our Casper raters are trained to ignore spelling mistakes as well as accept any typed answer, whether it be in point form, bullet points, or complete sentences as long as it is legible and your response makes sense to the reader.

Do schools get Casper score or quartile? ›

Many programs consider all quartiles and use Casper as an additional piece of information among many metrics to make admissions decisions. Quartile scores will be sent to applicants who complete Casper for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle and later.

Is 50 wpm enough for CASPer? ›

CASPer Preparation Tips - Guide From Casper Expert Typing Speed 60 wpm minimum Work on this 1-3 - Studocu. Chapter 9 Joints - Summary of notes which follows the course outline.

How long should you study for the CASPer test? ›

In our experience, our most successful students need 6 to 8 weeks to prepare for CASPer. But we have had students who need up to 12 weeks and some who get ready in just 1 to 2 weeks. Again remember this is personalized and all of our programs are tailored to your level of preparation at baseline.

How long should each CASPer responses be? ›

In one important sense, this change in the Casper exam provides an advantage. In the span of a 1 minute video response, you'll be able to include far more than just the 3 to 5 sentences you could have produced in your typed response.

What are the 10 people skills that CASPer is testing? ›

CASPer specifically looks at 10 different competencies: collaboration, communication, empathy, equity, ethics, motivation, problem solving, professionalism, resilience and self awareness.

Can you answer CASPer in bullet points? ›

Our Casper raters are trained to ignore spelling mistakes as well as accept any typed answer, whether it be in point form, bullet points, or complete sentences as long as it is legible and your response makes sense to the reader.

What is the best CASPer quartile? ›

25% of applicants score in the first quartile (0-24 percentile) 25% of applicants score in the second quartile (25-49 percentile) 25% of applicants score in the third quartile (50-74 percentile) 25% of applicants score in the fourth quartile (75-100 percentile)

What is a good score on CASPer? ›

The grading of CASPer responses is done using a numerical Likert-style scale. The scale runs from 1 to 9 with 1 signifying a “unsatisfactory” response and 9 signifying a “superb” or superior one.

What is a good typing speed for Casper? ›

While this doesn't mean that you need to study for Casper, we recommend you do the following prior to taking the test: Ensure you can type at least 40 words per minute without major grammatical errors.

Do I need to dress up for Casper test? ›

You don't need to dress up for your Casper test like you do for your medical school interviews or your Snapshot interview. That said, you do need to put a little bit of effort and consideration into your attire and background. You can dress casually, but make sure what you're wearing is not distracting.

How long should I study for Casper? ›

In our experience, our most successful students need 6 to 8 weeks to prepare for CASPer. But we have had students who need up to 12 weeks and some who get ready in just 1 to 2 weeks. Again remember this is personalized and all of our programs are tailored to your level of preparation at baseline.


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