Do you have the date of your CASPer test booked and the worry and stress is now starting to sink in? Obviously, you know how much is weighing on the test, as your results will be what decide if you get accepted into a top medical school in Canada. It’s a lot of pressure, which is why it’s no wonder it can end up getting the best of many applicants.
To ensure you do the best you possibly can, you’ll want to take a look at these tips when it comes to CASPer preparation. Just like with many situations in life, the more you prepare, the better off you’ll be.
Be Clear on What You’re Getting Into
It’s always said we fear the things we don’t understand, so why not take the fear out of the CASPer test by better understanding what it is. The CASPer test is an online screening tool that is used by universities to help identify students who will go on to be ideal graduates of the medical community. The test contains a number of written questions that you will then answer, there may also be a video prompt, or a multimedia question.
The entire process takes 90 minutes, which gives time for the introduction, the questions, and a 15 minute break if you choose. Your results will be sent to the school, and you won’t see them.
The test will be asking questions that push both your medical and ethical knowledge and positions.
Become an “Expert” in the Field
As soon as you know you’ll be taking the CASPer test you’ll want to start taking steps to help you become an “expert” in the field. Sure, you can’t actually become an expert, but you can brush up on current events, news, and trends. This can be done by watching the news, reading journals and blogs, and keeping up-to-date with the news.
One area you should pay close attention to is any court cases and rulings that pop up in the news regarding patients and doctors. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Canadian healthcare system as a whole.
Find a Way to Manage Your Stress and Anxiety
On the day of the test you will be faced with stress and anxiety, which can cause you to freeze up, respond to questions in a way that isn’t ideal, and even run out of time. It’s a good idea to find ways to manage your stress and anxiety leading up to the test, so that during the test you can use these tools to calm down and focus.
Practice, Practice, Practice
We all know that practice makes perfect, and the CASPer test is no exception to this rule. Start practicing by reading sample questions, think about your answers, get quick at coming up with responses, and even practice how fast you type. All of this practice will pay off in the end.
No Such Thing as Being Too Prepared
Because the CASPer test will essentially be determining your educational future, there really is no such thing as being too prepared. This means the earlier you start, and the more you do, the better off you’ll be.