The Casper Test
Non-academic selection for Initial Teacher Education
To enrol in our Bachelor of Education (Honours) or Master of Teaching you need to meet both academic admission requirements and pass a non-academic test designed to assess your suitability for teaching.
The only exception is if you are studying a Master of Teaching with a specialisation in Early Childhood Education.
Watch the video below to hear some test prep advice from one of our students
How it works at Monash
We use the Casper test, administered by Altus Suite. It is delivered online, and is an open-response situational judgement test. For example it will ask you how you would act in a tough situation and why.
Qualities you need to demonstrate
Some attributes you will need to demonstrate are:
- motivation to teach
- strong interpersonal and communication skills
- willingness to learn
- resilience and self-efficacy
- organisational and planning skills
Anyone looking to enrol in the Monash Bachelor of Education (Honours) (including double degrees) or the Master of Teaching (except for the Early Childhood Education specialisation) will now need to complete a non-academic selection component - in addition to the usual academic admission requirements.
We'll be using the Casper tool at Monash.
How Casper works
Casper takes 100-120 minutes to complete, and is made up of 15 different scenarios. These can be either written or video scenarios. Sample scenarios are available.
The first nine scenarios require written responses, and the final six are done by video. You are assessed on how you tackle ethical and professional situations. Spelling, grammar and pronunciation do not affect your test results.
When can I sit Casper?
You can only take Casper at specific times. You can find your dates via the Altus suite portal. Please take careful note of the processing deadlines – particularly if you require accommodations. You can only sit the test once per admissions cycle.
VTAC applicants for the Bachelor of Education (Honours) Semester 1, 2023 intake are advised to take Casper by November 13, 2022 to be considered for the December Round offers. December 8, 2022 is the latest test date for January Round 1 offers.
To register you’ll need to have the following ready:
- Government-issued photo ID – for example a passport, driver’s licence or learner’s permit card
- If you’re applying through VTAC, you’ll need to enter your VTAC ID number
- If you are applying directly to Monash – you will need to enter your Monash Student ID number (your ID number will be assigned after you have applied for the course)
Make sure you select the right test for the courses to which you are applying (e.g. Undergraduate or Postgraduate).
- Applicants for the Master of Teaching in Secondary Education are advised to sit Casper by 16 September 2023 if they wish to be considered for the Residency Program.
- 9 February 2023 is the latest test date for all other Master of Teaching applicants.
- Applicants are encouraged to apply and sit Casper earlier to be considered for an earlier round offer.
- March, April, May and June 2023 test dates are for international applicants only.
Can I fail Casper?
Your responses in the test will indicate how suitable you are for teaching and it is possible that your responses may show that the teaching profession is not best suited to you.
Whilst Casper is not an English language proficiency test and your results won’t be affected by spelling, grammar or accents, you will still need to show that you can respond appropriately to the situations presented in order to meet this requirement.
Casper standards do vary across institutions and Monash University will be in contact with you to advise whether your application and Casper results are acceptable.
Can I prepare for Casper?
We strongly encourage you to take the sample test, and familiarise yourself with the format. You can do a practice session multiple times, and get used to respond on camera.
Some additional tips:
- Read the questions fully, then plan your response. You’re allowed to take notes during the scenarios and reflection period.
- Focus on the content of your responses and use all of the time provided to complete the questions in each section.
- Any typed answer is accepted – both bullet points and complete sentences.
It is completely normal to feel pressed for time. Don’t worry if you didn’t finish answering the questions in one scenario. Simply focus on the next section.
How much will it cost?
The Casper test costs $80, and is non-refundable. The test cost is not charged or received by Monash.