The CASPer Test

The CASPer Test
Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics

All applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, at Marshall University are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process for the 2019-2020 Application Cycle.  Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. 

Additionally, for this admissions cycle we ask that you complete Casper Snapshot, an extension of the Casper Test to provide us with a better understanding of your communication skills and personal attributes. Casper Snapshot is a short video response tool where you will be asked three standardized questions and be given two minutes to read and respond to each question. It should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete. You can complete it at any time after reserving your CASPer test date and before October 29, 2020. You can learn more about Snapshot at the Casper site.

Deadlines of Completion for MU DPT Applicants: October 29, 2020. 

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 program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening.  In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

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.

Please go to to sign up for the American Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10101) and reserve a test using your PTCAS ID# ( and a piece of government-issued photo ID.  You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times.  Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test.  There will be no additional tests scheduled.  Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.

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.

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 under a time contract.  The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. 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.

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle.  Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Marshall University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: http:/

The MU SOPT is a proud member of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT).

Program Reciprocity Status

Students who graduate from the Marshall University SOPT and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination are eligible for Physical Therapy Licensure in all 50 states.