The Casper Test
The Casper Test can be taken to meet the non-academic requirements required when applying to Monash Initial Teacher Education courses.
How Casper works
Casper takes 90-110 minutes to complete, and is made up of 14 different scenarios. These can be either written or video scenarios. Sample scenarios are available.
The first six scenarios require video responses, and the final eight are done by typing. You are assessed on how you tackle ethical and professional situations. Spelling, grammar and pronunciation do not affect your test results.
Watch the video below to hear some test prep advice from one of our students
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
When can I sit Casper?
You can only take Casper at specific times. You can find your dates via the Acuity Insights portal. Please take careful note of the processing deadlines – particularly if you require accommodations. You can only sit the test once per admissions cycle.
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).
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.
While 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 responding 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.