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CASPer (Computer Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) Test 

NEW for January 2019

All applicants to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the University of Waterloo are required to complete an online assessment of personal characteristics (CASPer) to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.

CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our pharmacy program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening.

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, 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 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions within a fixed amount of time. 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, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

To schedule your CASPer test, go to and register using your 8-digit UW ID number which is assigned by the Registrar’s Office upon receipt of your application. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. The dates will be posted on the CASPer website in October 2017, and the testing will take place in January 2018. Please note that these will be the only testing dates available for your CASPer test for the current PharmD admission cycle. There will be no additional test slots scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly as there may be updates to the test schedule.

CASPer test results are only valid for the current admissions cycle for the specified program(s).  Applicants who have taken the test in previous admissions cycles, or for other programs (e.g. Optometry) that require it, are therefore required to re-take the test that is specific to the current admission cycle for the PharmD program at uWaterloo.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the website.

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