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Altus in Physical Therapy

Academic programs have many tools available to assess applicants’ cognitive skills, but today’s admissions process needs to be more holistic.

Casper and Snapshot from Altus Assessments is here to help! We provide screening tools that...

  • evaluate professionalism and non-cognitive skills such as collaboration, motivation, ethics and empathy
  • offer a 'snapshot' into an applicant’s communication and interpersonal skills before final interviews

Addressing the challenges in admissions together

 

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Situational Judgment Test

Casper is a unique situational judgement test (SJT) that uses video-based scenarios, timed questions and open text responses to assess an applicant’s people skills.

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Video Clip Response Tool

Snapshot is a brief video response tool that helps programs get a sense of an applicant’s communication and interpersonal skills before inviting them to a more in-depth interview.

  • Roughly 80 minutes in length and comprised of 12 scenarios
  • 5 minutes to respond to three probing open-ended questions per scenario
  • Assesses 10 constructs such as collaboration, empathy and professionalism
  • 1 score delivered as z-score and percentile to programs
  • Roughly 10 minutes in length
  • All applicants record their answers to three standardized questions
  • Applicants are probed on their motivation, career goals and what they’re passionate about

How programs use it:

Although it can be used in different ways, many PT programs use Casper as part of their initial screening of applications by setting a threshold or incorporating Casper scores as part of a weighted formula to determine who to invite for interviews. Casper scores can also help inform final short-list or offers to candidates after the interview stage.

How programs use it:

Programs receive video recordings to assign, view and rate on all or a subset of applicants to inform who they bring to interview. Programs can use Snapshot responses to review a smaller number of applicants who are up for the last few interview spots, or applicants for who the program has conflicting information and need an additional data point to support a final decision.

Physical Therapy Programs that use CASPer to support their admissions decisions include:

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There is more going on at Altus...

From research to events, and masterclasses to a community forum, we’re giving back to our university partners and working together to strengthen the field of admissions.

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Alo Grant:

An annual $100,000 grant aimed at accelerating new research that will strengthen admissions. The grant supports individuals or departments working in one of three streams: general admissions, the strategic use of Casper, and diversity and inclusion.

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Admissions Summit:

An annual conference that brings together admissions professionals from around the world to connect with each other, exchange best practices, and apply their learnings back home to ultimately bring in the best students to their programs.

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Altus Academy:

A free, online resource centre and gathering spot for the admissions community to connect, learn, and grow. Sign up for masterclasses,
find best practices and other practical resources, stay up to date on original and third-party research, and network with the broader admissions community to share learnings.

Coming October 13!

Learn more at ELC
Ready to learn how Altus can support your program’s admissions process?
Visit our booth to speak with an expert today.

Visit the booth

Can't make it? Register for the post-ELC webinar  to learn more.
Attendees will receive a $25 Uber Eats gift card as a thank you for their time.

 

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