CASPer Test and Reference Letters

How many references do I need?
We require one academic and one professional reference. A third reference is not required. We do not give preference to applicants who submit a third reference. 

Who should be my reference?
We require one academic reference and one professional reference. Both referees should be individuals who can address your aptitude for studies in a health profession. Referees should also have direct knowledge of the applicant and should be in a position to reasonably make statements concerning the applicant’s character, communication and academic capabilities, and special circumstances if applicable. Additionally, the academic reference must be from the university level, such as a professor or course instructor. A common example of a professional reference is a supervisor in either a volunteer or employment setting.

Is volunteer work in a health care setting required?
No, but it is strongly recommended. Keep in mind that the only place for you to include such information is on the CAP. We do not collect any information on extracurricular activities or work experience within the ORPAS application.

Does my referee need to include a letter in addition to the ORPAS Confidential Assessment Form?
Yes. Instructions on what to include in the letter are on the ORPAS Confidential Assessment Form. Referees should write this accompanying letter on university/official stationary.

What is the CASPer?
CASPer is an online situational judgment test that evaluates personal and professional characteristics. You can complete the CASPer test on any computer with internet and a webcam from a location of your choice. The test consists of 12 sections and is composed of open-ended questions that measure soft skills such as communication, ethics, and empathy. You can learn more on the CASPer website

Do all applicants have to complete the CASPer?
Yes. All applicants must write the CASPer to remain admissible to the MScPT program. 

Do I need to complete the CASPer SnapShot as part of my U of T PT application?
No. CASPer SnapShot videos will not be reviewed by U of T.

Is there any advantage to my U of T PT application if I complete the CASPer SnapShot, even though it’s not required for UofT?
No. CASPer SnapShot videos will not be reviewed by U of T.

I wrote the CASPer last year. Do I have to take it again?
Yes. CASPer test results are valid for one admission cycle and applicants who wrote the test in previous years are expected to re-take it.

When should I take the CASPer?
The CASPer test should be completed between August and January of the application year. Specific CASPer testing dates for the University of Toronto MScPT program are listed on the CASPer website.

Can I take the CASPer test in French?
No. The CASPer test is conducted in English for this program.

Should I take a preparatory course to study for the CASPer?
No. Taking a preparatory course is not recommended. Research suggests that coaching does not improve scores on situational judgment tests.

How do I prepare for the CASPer?
Book your test well in advance and familiarize yourself with the format and technical requirements. We recommend that you complete the sample CASPer test on the CASPer website

How do I make sure that you get my CASPer results?
You will need to include the MScPT program at UofT in your CASPer score distribution list to make sure that your score is sent to us. Also, you will need to ensure that you use the same email address in both your ORPAS account and your CASPer account. We use your email address to  link your CASPer results to the rest of your program application. If you use two different email addresses, we may be unable to link your CASPer score to your application. This could result in your program application being disqualified.

Do I receive my CASPer results?
Altus does not share CASPer scores directly with applicants but beginning in 2021-2022, they will share the quartile in which your CASPer score places. The Department of Physical Therapy does not release any data on CASPer score.

What is a quartile?
Quartiles divide a set of scores into four equal parts, meaning that a quarter of scores place in each quartile. Specifically:

  • 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)

Quartiles tell you how you scored relative to your peers. For example, applicants who scored in the fourth quartile scored higher than applicants in the first, second and third quartiles, meaning they scored higher than at least 75% of all applicants. Applicants who scored in the second quartile scored higher than applicants in the first quartile, but lower than applicants in the third and fourth quartile. Specifically, this means that they scored higher than at least 25% of all applicants, but lower than at least 50% of all applicants. 

Remember that quartiles represent what percentage of other applicants you scored higher than, not what percentage of questions you got right or wrong.

You said that applicants who have a z-score of  ≥ -1  move forward in the admission process. How does that compare to quartiles?
Applicants in the 16th percentile and above (top of the first quartile) will move forward in the admission process. 

Are marks considered more important than the CASPer scores?
CASPer scores are used as a first step in determining which applications will proceed to the next stage of the admissions process. CAP score and sub-GPA are both included in your aggregate admission score. 

I still have a specific question. What should I do?
You should first review our How to Apply page and our other FAQ sections. If you still need help, e-mail physther.facmed@utoronto.ca or call us at 416 946 8641.