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The Casper test

All applicants applying for entry into an initial teacher education course must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. Casper is an online, video scenario-based situational judgement test that allows students to demonstrate their suitability for a teaching career.

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 12 sections: eight video-based scenarios and four 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?

Please note the Casper test has a validity of 12 months. Please ensure you do not register for and sit the test too early.

Courses starting in March – Trimester 1 2023

Undergraduate courses

If you are applying for any of the following courses: Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education, Bachelor of Education (Primary) or Bachelor of Health and Physical Education, you will need to book to sit the Casper test on one of the following dates:

  • 21 July 2022 8pm AEST
  • 24 August 2022 10am AEST
  • 16 September 2022 10am AEST
  • 16 October 2022 11am AEDT
  • 13 November 2022 1pm AEDT
  • 8 December 2022 7pm AEDT
  • 3 January 2023 7pm AEDT
  • 13 January 2023 12pm AEDT
  • 22 January 2023 11am AEDT
  • 9 February 2023 7pm AEDT.

Postgraduate courses

If you are applying for any of the following courses: Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary), Master of Teaching (Early Childhood), Master of Teaching (Primary and Early Childhood), Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary), Master of Teaching (Primary) or Master of Teaching (Secondary), you will need to book to sit the Casper test on one of the following dates:

  • 21 July 2022 8pm AEST
  • 24 August 2022 10am AEST
  • 16 September 2022 10am AEST
  • 16 October 2022 11am AEDT
  • 13 November 2022 1pm AEDT
  • 8 December 2022 7pm AEDT
  • 3 January 2023 7pm AEDT
  • 13 January 2023 12pm AEDT
  • 22 January 2023 11am AEDT.

Courses starting in July – Trimester 2 2023

If you are applying for the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary) Trimester 2 (July) 2023 intake, you can book to sit the test on one of the above dates or on one of the following days:

More information about the test

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

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Casper test webinar

Learn about the Casper test from our education and teaching course experts and current students. Find out what the test involves, how it works, what you'll be assessed on and how to prepare.

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@altus.as.

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 DU2023UG
  • Applying for Postgraduate courses: use DU2023PG.
Sample Casper scenarios

Sample Casper scenarios

Sample test scenarios are available on the Take Altus 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. Deakin University will not be able to reimburse you any test costs.

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