Programs are looking to make sure that students are not only academically capable but also possess suitable personal and professional qualities that make them more likely to succeed in the profession.
Please check our Dates and fees page or your program’s website(s) for information on whether Snapshot is an admissions requirement or not.
Programs use Snapshot to further probe your communication skills and motivation for the profession. Snapshot can be used at multiple points in the admissions process, but is often used to help refine the pool of candidates they’d like to interview, inform their rank list or to break a tie among the team. Program reviewers go through similar training as Casper raters to ensure they’re rating as objectively as possible. They learn about implicit bias and use a rubric to guide their rating.
You can complete Snapshot anytime after logging in to your Acuity Insights account to reserve your Casper test date, and no later than 14 days after completing the Casper test.
Although you may need to complete more than one Casper test (i.e., US Professional Health Sciences and US Medicine Casper tests) for the different programs you’re applying to, you’ll usually only need to complete one Snapshot, which will be sent to all the programs on your distribution list. The most common situation in which you’ll need to complete more than one Snapshot is if you’re applying to both English and French programs. In this case you’ll need to take Snapshot for each language. To check if you need to complete more than one Snapshot, please refer to the Snapshot section of your Acuity Insights account after reserving your Casper tests.
Preparing for Snapshot is easy. Ensure your internet, microphone, and webcam are working and reliable before starting. We recommend you wear headphones with a microphone as this will help programs hear you more clearly.
Find a space that is free of distractions. Look for a space that has little to no background noise that might interfere with your responses. Ask people around you to keep their voices low or ask them to refrain from playing or listening to music, and keep pets away if possible. Record your answers in a room that is well-lit and private to make sure you won’t be interrupted or accidentally display something in the video that you don’t intend for others to see.You can read our blog for more tips on succeeding in a video interview.