Competitive Entry to Assiniboine’s Practical Nursing program
Assiniboine’s Practical Nursing program includes CASPer® as a part of the competitive entry of its admissions process. This assessment enables applicants to demonstrate their personal competencies earlier on in the admission process.
Being a nurse is a moral undertaking. Assiniboine’s competitive entry admission process aims to admit students that are assessed for specific non-academic attributes or personal competencies, which are necessary to the nursing profession including collaboration, communication, empathy, equity, ethics, motivation, problem solving, professionalism, resilience, and self-awareness. These essential skills and abilities are identified to provide safe, competent, and ethical nursing care to meet the demands for a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Manitoba.
WHAT IS CASPer®?
CASPer is a selection tool used by academic programs across North America to help assess applicants for non-academic attributes or personal competencies. It is not an Assiniboine-owned tool.
CASPer is a form of situational judgment test. Situational judgment tests are a type of psychological test that presents the test-taker with realistic, hypothetical scenarios and may ask the individual what they would do in the dilemma and why they would do it. Situational judgment tests tend to determine behavioral tendencies, assessing how an individual will behave in a certain situation, and knowledge instruction, which evaluates the effectiveness of possible responses.
The Practical Nursing program’s CASPer assessment is made up of two parts:
CASPer® Test: This online test is 60-90 minutes in length and made up of 12 sections. Each section contains a video-based or word-based scenario and three open-ended questions. Test takers have five minutes to type their answers to all three questions. Full details about the test, including a video, can be found on the About CASPer website, as well as information about test preparation and FAQs. Dates for applicants to Assiniboine’s Practical Nursing program for this portion of the assessment are noted below.
CASPer® Snapshot: The Snapshot is a short video response tool designed to help you demonstrate your personal attributes to us. Snapshot is a three-question one-way interview tool where you have 2 minutes to answer the question verbally and record yourself on video.
The Snapshot portion can be done at any time before and up until April 30, 2021. Instructions on how to complete this will be on your CASPer account after you register for the CASPer. Full details about the Snapshot assessment, including how to prepare, practice and sample questions, and a full list of frequently asked questions, can be found on the CASPer website.
Once completed, the applicant is rated in 10 areas (collaboration, communication, empathy, equity, ethics, motivation, problem-solving, professionalism, resilience, and self-awareness), using a rubric and rating scale.
Each section of the test is scored by a unique rater, making the CASPer assessment a robust measure made up of many independent impressions of you. The group of raters reflects the diversity of the population. All raters are extensively trained, vetted, and invested in the future of the profession. An applicant’s final rating is always comprised of 12 unique rater impressions. Your responses are also completely anonymized, meaning raters only receive your typed reply and are not provided with any personal information (i.e. your name, age, photo, etc).
In the end, the ratings from all questions are totaled for an overall rating for each applicant. Ratings are sent to Assiniboine Community College by CASPer and considered during application review and decisions.
Applicants who apply to more than one location of the Practical Nursing program need only take one CASPer® assessment. Applicants are responsible for the cost of CASPer.
When can I take CASPer®?
If you plan to apply for the 2022-23 academic year, test dates will be posted in Summer 2021.
The test dates for the Practical Nursing program for the 2021-22 academic year were as follows:
- February 11, 2021 - 5:00 PM EST
- February 11, 2021 - 8:00 PM EST
- February 28, 2021 - 1:00 PM EST
- February 28, 2021 - 4:00 PM EST
- April 6, 2021 - 5:00 PM EDT (this is the last date to take CASPer for the 2021-22 admissions cycle.)
Select Undergraduate Nursing and the CSP-10202 Canadian Undergraduate Health Sciences test
You will need your Assiniboine Student ID to register for CASPer.
Fees are paid directly to CASPer. Specific details can be found on CASPer’s Dates and Fees webpage.
Please note that these test dates were only valid for those applying to the Practical Nursing program that will start in September 2021 (Winnipeg & Parkland) or January 2022 (Winnipeg only). Applications are now closed for programs starting in the 2021-22 Academic Year.
Note: All registration, fees, and any accommodation requests are direct with CASPer®. Please refer to the CASPer® website, and contact CASPer® if you have questions on these items or the test itself.
How do I find out more about CASPer®?
Visit www.takeCASPer.com. This site has full details about all aspects of the test and the snapshot components of the assessment.
The FAQ page, as well as answers to general questions, has answers about Preparing for the Test, Accommodations, Test Day Tips, and After the Test.
The Resource page contains many articles and tips.
How do I register for CASPer® ?
CASPer’s FAQ “Where do I reserve my test?” on the FAQ General Questions page.
You will need your seven digit (example 0123456) Assiniboine student ID number to register for CASPer.
You will have an Assiniboine student ID number if you have ever applied/registered for a course/program at Assiniboine in the past. All applicants to the Practical Nursing program will have completed Math for Nurses prior to applying to the program, so will have an Assiniboine student ID number. If you haven’t registered for Math for Nurses yet, please do so and take note of your student ID to use for CASPer registration and for all future Assiniboine correspondence.
How do I arrange a test accommodation for a documented disability?
An applicant requiring accommodation for a documented disability for the CASPer® may apply through CASPer® for accommodations. See the Casper® Accommodations webpage for more information.
When do I get my results from CASPer?
The CASPer assessment is not a pass or fail test. It measures your personal skills in relation to the entire applicant pool. Ratings are not sent to students.
You will not receive an email from CASPer stating that your score has been delivered to Assiniboine, but you will see “Completed – Results delivered” in the Reservations sections of you CASPer account.
See www.takecasper.com for more detail.
Assiniboine uses CASPer’s rating and snapshot video in its competitive entry application decision.
Can I retake the CASPer test?
Applicants are not permitted to take a CASPer test for the same test type more than once during one admissions cycle.
So, you may take the CASPer test once in the February 1 to April 30, 2021 application window to be considered for the 2021-22 academic year.
You will need to take the test during the October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 application window, if you wish to be considered for the 2022-23 academic year.