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The Casper test

Casper is an online, video scenario-based situational judgement test that allows students to demonstrate their suitability for a teaching career. Casper test results are valid for one admission cycle; August to the following July.

Deakin covers your Casper test fee

If you're enrolled to start studies in 2024 in an initial teacher education degree, and the Casper test is an entry requirement of your course, we'll cover the test fee with an $80 payment to you. You do not need to apply for the payment. Deakin will identify and communicate with you at the point of admission.

What is Casper?

Institutions offering initial teacher education courses are required to select their students based on academic and non-academic criteria to determine suitability for teaching.

Casper (computer-based assessment for sampling personal characteristics) is a test that gives students applying for an initial teacher education course an opportunity to demonstrate their suitability for a teaching career.

Casper is made up of 14 scenarios: six video-based scenarios and eight text-based scenarios. Each scenario is followed by three open-ended questions. Test participants are asked to type in their responses within a time limit of five minutes.

The Casper test assesses the following non-academic attributes:

  • communication
  • collaboration
  • ethics
  • empathy
  • equity
  • motivation
  • problem-solving
  • professionalism
  • resilience
  • self-awareness.

When do I need to sit the Casper test?

Casper test results are valid for 12 months – August to the following July (i.e. one admission cycle). Please ensure you do not register for and sit the test too early. You can only take the Casper test once per admission cycle.

Courses starting in March – Trimester 1 2024

You will need to sit the Casper test if you are applying for any of the following courses:

Undergraduate courses

If you are applying for any of the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Health and Physical Education.

Postgraduate courses

If you are applying for any of the following courses:

  • Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary and Early Childhood)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary).

You can book to sit the test on one of the following days:

  • Friday 24 November 2023 12pm AEDT
  • Tuesday 5 December 2023 7pm AEDT
  • Wednesday 10 January 2024 10am AEDT
  • Sunday 21 January 2024 10am AEDT

Courses starting in July – Trimester 2 2024

If you are applying for the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary) Trimester 2 (July) 2024 intake, you can book to sit the test on one of the above dates plus also:

  • Thursday 21 March 2024 7pm AEDT
  • Sunday 26 May 2024 10am AEST
  • Wednesday 3 July 2024 7pm AEST

More information about the test

Further details about the Casper test, dates and sample test content can be found on the Acuity Insights website.

Visit the Acuity Insights website

How do I register for the test?

How you register for the Casper test depends on whether you're applying for your Deakin teacher education course through VTAC or if you're applying directly to Deakin.

Applying through VTAC

You will need to enter your VTAC ID when registering for the Casper test. You'll also be asked to provide government issued photo ID, e.g. a passport, driver licence or learner permit card. If you don’t have a valid government issued photo ID please contact support@acuityinsights.com.

When choosing a test date, make sure you select the right test for the courses to which you are applying (e.g. undergraduate or postgraduate). Your results are sent directly to VTAC and the institutions to which you are applying. Results are not provided to the applicant. For more information about the VTAC and Casper registration process, download the VTAC fact sheet.

Applying direct to Deakin

Upon commencement of the Casper registration process, you’ll be asked to enter an ID number:

  • Applying for Undergraduate courses: use DU2024UG
  • Applying for Postgraduate courses: use DU2024PG.
Sample Casper scenarios

Sample Casper scenarios

Sample test scenarios are available on the Acuity Insights website. Check out the examples and the types of questions included in the test to help you understand how Casper works.

Test costs

Please be advised that applicants are responsible for the cost of the Casper test when booking in with Acuity Insights.

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