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Your 2023 Guide to Casper, Acuity Insights, and AAMC PREview


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As virtual assessments and interviews become the new norm, it’s important to know how to ace the latest evaluations. The most commonly required virtual assessment is Acuity Insights (previously known the Altus Suite) – consisting of Casper, Snapshot, and Duet. In addition, some schools are now requiring other virtual assessments including the Kira Talent interview and AAMC PREview.

These assessments test soft skills, like the solidity of your values, your interpersonal competencies, and your situational judgment. As such, it can be hard to know how to prepare for them. This guide seeks to dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding virtual evaluations, putting you on a fast track to admissions success. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about Acuity Insights, as well as about Kira and AAMC PREview, so you can confidently showcase your interpersonal skills and secure your place in medical school.


Table of Contents

Acuity Insights – Everything You Need to Know

The Casper Exam – How to Ace This Situational Judgemenet Test

Sample Casper Scenarios & Responses

Snapshot – Let Your Personality and Motivation Shine

Duet – Do You Have the Same Values as Your Top Schools?

AAMC Preview – Do You Think Like a Medical Student?

Kira Talent Interview – Live or Asynchronous Q&A

Acuity Insights - Everything You Need to Know

What is Acuity Insights?

Acuity Insights consists of three separate exams:

  • Casper, a situational judgment tested centered around written and video scenarios
  • Snapshot, a video interview tool which helps the admissions committee evaluate your communication skills and motivation
  • Duet, a personal values assessment consisting of a brief series of questions

Which schools require Acuity Insights?

The following is the current list of US allopathic medical schools that require an Acuity Insights assessment. Note that some of these schools require all three Acuity Insights assessments (Casper, Duet, and Snapshot), while others only require Casper.

StateMedical School
COUniversity of Colorado School of Medicine
CTFrank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
FLCharles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University
FLUniversity of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
GAMedical College of Georgia at Augusta University
ILRush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
ILRush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
ILUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine
INIndiana University School of Medicine
MABoston University School of Medicine
MIMichigan State University College of Human Medicine
NCWake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
NJRutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
NYDonald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
NYNew York Medical College
NYState University of New York Upstate Medical University
NYStony Brook University School of Medicine
OHNortheast Ohio Medical University
PADrexel University College of Medicine
PALewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
PAPennsylvania State University College of Medicine
TNEast Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
TNMeharry Medical College
TXBaylor College of Medicine
TXMcGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
TXTexas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
TXTexas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
TXTexas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
TXThe University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine
TXThe University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine
TXUniversity of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
TXUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Southwestern Medical School
VAVirginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
VTUniversity of Vermont College of Medicine
WAUniversity of Washington School of Medicine
WIMedical College of Wisconsin
WVMarshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

When do applicants take Acuity Insights during the application season?

Each school has a particular deadline of when Acuity Insights needs to be taken, typically in the Fall. However, you should plan on completing Acuity Insights around the time of submission of their primary application in order to have it done well ahead of time and to ensure your full application is not delayed.

The Duet and Snapshot exams are available once you register for Acuity Insights, and should definitely be completed within 14 days of completion of the Casper exam. This will ensure that all of your assessments will be available together for review by admissions committees.

Do applicants have to take all three parts of Acuity Insights

Each school has different requirements regarding which aspects of the Acuity Insights an applicant must complete. However, the components can only be taken one time per application cycle, so it is recommended that you take all three components. That way, you will have all three components completed and won’t be missing a test if a school you apply to does require it. 

How are the Acuity exams scored?

For Casper, raters working at Acuity will evaluate each question. 

For Snapshot, specially trained raters at the programs where you are applying will rate the exam. For Duet, schools will receive an automatic report based on your alignment with the school’s rankings.

How much does Acuity Insights cost?

It costs $12 to register for Acuity Insights and then an additional $12 for each school results are sent to. Applicants can always send results to more schools at any time during the application cycle for an additional $12 apiece, so you do not need to know exactly which schools you are applying to prior to taking the tests.

Can Acuity Insights be retaken?

The exam can only be taken once per application cycle. That means that a student’s first attempt at Acuity Insights will also be their last during a given application cycle. Medical schools know this, so unlike the MCAT where they may be expecting you to retake the test if your score isn’t as high as you want, with Acuity Insights, you only get one chance. That means preparation is key. How schools use the exam results is still not entirely clear – each admissions committee probably uses the evaluation in slightly different ways. Regardless, when it comes to Acuity, the best policy is to focus on preparing well the first time!

If you’re wondering how to prepare for Casper, check out the all-in-one Casper prep tool from MedSchoolCoach. Included is:

  • a condensed mini-course that explains key characteristics of Casper
  • 2 simulated Casper exams, complete with video scenarios and text-based responses
  • a 45-minute feedback session with a physician advisor who has served on a medical school admissions committee.

If an applicant took Acuity last application cycle, do they have to retake it?

Acuity Insights is only valid for one application cycle. This means that if you took the exam during a previous application cycle, you will need to retake it for the current cycle. This might seem like a hassle, especially if you scored well last time around. However, Acuity only holds scores for one year. Therefore, for each new application cycle, you will need to retake the exam regardless of your previous score.

What is the best way to prepare for Acuity Insights?

Acuity is not something that you have to prepare for months in advance like the MCAT. You should practice and familiarize yourself with the component but you don’t have to study or master specific topics. However, preparation is still possible. We’ve broken down each of the subsections of the exam to give you a bit more clarity on how to prepare and what you can do to succeed in each one!

The Casper Exam - How to Ace this Situational Judgement Test

What is the Casper® Exam?

Casper (Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) is an online, web-based computer test that takes about 100-120 minutes to complete. It was first utilized in Canada but now has been incorporated by many United States allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. Casper helps schools screen applicants as part of the admissions process.

What is the structure of the Casper® test?

Casper has two sections. The first is a video response section. This consists of two word-based scenarios and four video-based scenarios. After each of these scenarios, test-takers will record a video response to two open-ended questions, presented one at a time. For each of these video responses, you will have 10 seconds to read the question and then one minute to record your response. 

The second section of Casper is the typed response section. This consists of three word-based and five video-based scenarios. After each of these scenarios, test-takers will be presented with three open-ended questions. You will have five minutes total to type your response to all three questions before moving on to the next scenario.

What is Casper® designed to evaluate?

Casper assesses your communication skills, problem solving ability, empathy, ethical decision making, along with other similar qualities. Most of the hypothetical scenarios represent situations you could encounter in day-to-day life, and the question assesses how you would respond to those situations. Some Casper questions are designed to gauge your personality traits and may assess your motivation, self-awareness, resilience, or response to challenges. 

Will I receive my Casper® score?

Acuity does not share the Casper score with applicants but does share quartiles, which helps applicants understand how they did compared to other applicants. Each question on the Casper assessment is scored compared to how other applicants did, so scoring in a low quartile doesn’t mean an applicant failed, it just means others typically did better on that assessment. Quartiles represent your scoring on the typed answers only, not the video responses. Each medical school will view quartiles differently and in conjunction with your entire application. So just because you scored in a lower quartile, it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t get accepted to medical school. Your application consists of many parts, and Casper likely does not carry as much weight as factors like GPA and MCAT score.

How to study for Casper®?

Acuity Insights claims that Casper is not a test you can study for. In fact, their website says that the Casper test is “relatively immune to coaching.”

However, in our experience, students who take Casper tend to do worse if they don’t take the time to build familiarity with the test format, the expectations of the graders, and basic ethical principles. You certainly don’t want to head into the Casper exam “cold” – that is, without any prior exposure to what the test looks like. Other applicants will have spent time familiarizing themselves with the format, which means you might end up ranking below them if you don’t prepare.

To give you an upper hand, we at MedSchoolCoach have built a comprehensive, all-in-one Casper prep tool. Designed by former admissions committee members and expert physician advisors, this resource will give you the ethical know-how and expert insight to approach your Casper exam with confidence. 

Included in our Casper coaching tool is:

  • a condensed mini-course that explains key characteristics of Casper
  • 2 simulated Casper exams, complete with proprietary video and text-based scenarios
  • a 45-minute feedback session with a physician advisor who has served on a medical school admissions committee.

Regardless of whether you choose to invest in Casper coaching, the following pages will provide you a brief introduction to decision making and ethics, so that you have a basis in these areas to help you during the exam. In addition, we will take you through a few sample scenarios to give you an idea of what to expect.

What are the ethical principles tested on the Casper exam?

The Casper exam is designed to test your ability to make appropriate decisions and use sound judgment. A lot of your decision making capabilities are based on who you are as a person and your values, but there are some core principles that we will cover that you can consider when making important decisions. 

As you move along your medical training, you will be immersed further into the fundamentals of ethical decision making, and how it relates to your practice as a physician and your patients. For now, let’s cover the basics and discuss how you can utilize these for Casper! Here are four principles of medical ethics:

There are four principles of medical ethics:

  • Autonomy

Definition: The principle of autonomy refers to an individual’s right to make decisions for themselves. Though there are many complexities to this principle, the key is that decisions made by individuals should be done so without coercion or undue influence.

Example: If a patient is deciding to have a particular medical treatment, it is the physician’s responsibility to educate the patient on the procedure, and its associated risks and benefits, however it is the patient’s choice to have the procedure or not. The physician may not pressure the patient, or force him/her to have the procedure. 

Applying this Casper: Many Casper scenarios will not be medically related but have to do with everyday situations that people may face. During the exam, you can utilize the principle of autonomy by never forcing or demanding an individual to make a decision. Instead, you can educate, encourage, and help them to a particular decision. 

  • Beneficence

Definition: Beneficence is the ultimate principle of practicing as a physician. This is always trying to do good for patients. This principle implies that a physician will always work in the best interest of the patient.

Example: A patient needs an operation. There are two ways that a physician can perform the operation and the physician must choose which procedure is best. One way that the physician can determine the course of action is to pick the procedure that is intended to provide the most benefit, while minimizing harm to the patient. 

Applying this to Casper: Similar to working in the patient’s best interest, try to always answer the question in the best interest of the individual that is the subject of the scenario. If there is a way that you can help or assist the individual, then that is always the best course of action.

  • Non-maleficence

Definition: ‘First, do no harm.’ Most pre-meds have heard this excerpt from the Hippocratic oath and this is really what the principle of nonmaleficence embodies. Physicians should never harm their patients. This principle goes hand in hand with beneficence as physicians should always work in the best interest of their patients while not causing harm.

Example: A patient comes to the doctor’s office for symptoms of the common cold and wants antibiotics. The physician does not believe antibiotics will help the patient. Although the patient wants the medicine, the physician does not provide them because taking the medication could actually cause harm by unnecessary side effects. 

Applying this to Casper: Use non-maleficence along with beneficence. As you are trying to help the individual in the scenario make the best decision, try to help them with a decision that will also not hurt them. 

  • Justice

Definition: Justice is the fourth principle of medical ethics but is likely the one that is most obscure for the Casper exam. Justice, in a medical setting, refers to the equal treatment of every individual.

Example: An emergency room physician is seeing patients and a homeless patient without medical insurance comes in for care. Using the principle of justice, the physician must see the patient and treat him regardless of his socioeconomic status and lack of insurance.

Applying this to Casper: Think of treating every individual fairly. For instance, if the scenario involves resolving conflict between multiple people, treat them equally and do not give preference to one individual.

Sample Casper Scenarios & Responses

Now that you’re aware of some of the basic principles of ethical decision-making, both in medicine and otherwise, let’s examine how you might apply those principles as you work your way through the Casper exam.

In the following sections, we’ll provide some sample ethical dilemmas of the type you might see on Casper. Then we’ll outline the best way to analyze and respond to each scenario in terms of the ethical principles we discussed. We’ll also show you some sample responses for each scenario, so you have a better idea of the sort of writing you can expect to do in your own Casper exam.

Sample Casper® Scenario & Response - Example #1

Scenario: A co-worker of yours calls in sick but when looking at Facebook, you notice that she has posted a current picture of herself at the beach.

Let’s think through the issues here and use our decision-making process to help formulate our response:

First, take a second to review the scenario. 

Understand the issue at hand. The issue here is honesty. You have identified a situation where your co-worker is potentially caught lying as she called into work sick, but posted a picture of herself at the beach. 

Get more information. Though it seems she is being dishonest, perhaps this was an older photo that she just posted? Or perhaps she asked your boss if she could use a sick day. There could be other explanations here than her just lying about being sick.

Determine the course of action. Think about how you would respond to a situation like this and incorporate our ethics lesson. Autonomy: Remember your co-worker is able to make decisions for herself. Beneficence: Who does her actions benefit? Likely they only benefit her and considering non-maleficence, her actions can potentially harm others as they may have to work more to account for her being away. Justice: Imagine if everybody lied and used their sick days for a beach day instead, then the entire company would have an undue burden/workload. 

Write it out. Let’s look at how this may be written out in a response!

Let’s see how our analysis could potentially be written out as a response during a Casper exam:
  • What is your greatest concern here?
Sample Answer: Given the information in the prompt, it appears as though my co-worker may not actually be sick, but instead lied to her employer and instead went to the beach. My concern is her being dishonest and how this can potentially affect her and her co-workers. 
  • Do you approach your co-worker about this?
Sample Answer: Though I am certainly concerned about her possible dishonest behavior, whether or not I would approach her would depend on my relationship with her and how comfortable I feel discussing the situation with her. For instance, if she was also a friend, then I may discuss her behavior and how this could potentially affect her work and the entire company. However, if she was someone that I have never talked to, I may not discuss the situation with her, understanding that she is able to make her own decisions and I may not be the appropriate person to bring this up with her.
  • If you keep seeing her taking sick days, would you tell your boss about this?
Sample Answer: If I noticed that my co-worker continued to take time away from work, I may approach my boss about the situation. I would first consider how her being away from work is harming the co-workers and/or the company. If I notice that our productivity has decreased or others have had to take on substantially more work, then I think it may be a good idea to bring this up with my boss so he/she can make the determination on how my co-worker may be affecting the group.

Sample Casper® Question and Answer #2

Example #2: You are working in a research lab. One of your peers didn’t finish his work on his project in time, and tells you he made up his results and submitted them to the principal investigator.
  • What do you do?
Sample Answer: First, I would show sympathy to my peer’s situation. I understand he is under pressure to complete his project and this may seem like the best solution so he does not get in trouble with his principal investigator. However, I would talk to him and tell him that I do not believe it is appropriate to make up results. I would then talk to him to see if there is anything I can do to help him expedite his project so he could get real results to report.
  • How could this situation have been avoided?
Sample Answer: Though I may have limited involvement in my peer’s project, I could have been more proactive with checking in on him. It may have been helpful to ask him if he needs any help or if anything was going on that is impeding his progress.
  • Do you tell your principal investigator?

Sample Answer: I would first talk to my peer and try to develop a solution. For instance, can we work together to get the project finished? Could we possibly talk to our principal investigator to see if we could have more time? I would encourage my peer to talk to the principal investigator himself first. If he does not feel comfortable doing so, I would offer my support to talk to the principal investigator with him. If he insists on reporting the false results, then I would feel obligated to talk to the principal investigator myself as this could jeopardize the integrity of our entire lab.

Snapshot – Let Your Personality and Motivation Shine

What is the Snapshot?

Snapshot is part of the Acuity Insights and should be considered an extension of the Casper situational judgment test. It is a ten minute exercise available only to applicants who have registered or completed the Casper. Remember, you should take Duet and Snapshot within 14 days of completing Casper so that admissions committees receive all of these materials at once.

Snapshot is an opportunity to “put a face” on your Casper responses. It has the feel of a traditional interview, in contrast to the situational-based questions of the Casper. Basic traditional interview preparation as well as familiarity with the virtual interviewing will help you to prepare!

How is Snapshot structured?

Snapshot is a video response tool which helps the admissions committee evaluate your communication skills and motivation. You are given three standardized questions with 30 seconds to reflect on the question. Following each question, you are allotted a two minute video response. You can stop the video before two minutes. 

Can the answers be reviewed and/or re-recorded in Snapshot

The Acuity Insights requires you to complete a practice question and response before proceeding to the actual exam. You are able to complete the practice as many times as they would like. However, once you get into the actual exam, you only get one shot! This means the applicant has one chance to record their response and it will automatically be submitted once finished. They cannot review it or change it. That is why practicing makes all the difference. Be comfortable in front of the camera at all times. Prepare with mock interviews. Make sure your lighting is good!

How can I prepare for Snapshot?

The best way to prepare is to practice delivering two-minute responses to typical interview questions. You should record your answers so you can watch them back and look for ways to improve. 

If you’re looking to build confidence for your Snapshot exam or upcoming interviews, MedSchoolCoach can help. We offer interview prep services, including a practice Snapshot exam followed by a detailed feedback session with a physician advisor or former admissions committee member. We conduct over 5,000 hours of interview prep per year, so we know what it takes for you to stand out. That’s why over 98% of students feel more confident after practicing with us.

What are the top 6 Snapshot questions?

1. Why do you want to be a physician? 

2. What is one of your greatest strengths?

3. Why should you be admitted to medical school?

4. Tell us about someone you admire and why?

5. Describe a non-academic obstacle that you have overcome.

6. What excites you about a career as a physician?

Duet – Do You Have the Same Values as Your Top Schools?

What is Duet?

Duet is the latest addition to Acuity Insights enabling institutions to “match” with applicants. Duet can help admissions committees narrow down applicants based on shared characteristics and educational goals.

How is the Duet exam structured?

This component of Acuity Insights is composed of a series of questions requiring about 15 minutes to complete. Schools submit their own questionnaire and generate a “fit profile”. Applicants complete the same assessment with their own personal preferences and characteristics described. Designated programs receive applicant “fit scores” and rankings. Duet compliments the Casper® results to identify the best applicants for that specific school.

How to prepare for the Duet exam?

Prior to taking the Duet, you should read through the various mission statements of the medical schools you are applying to. While reading the mission statements, take notes on important aspects of the school and areas of particular interest to you.

As the Duet only looks at specific applicant interests versus the school’s offerings, you do not need to ‘rehearse’ answers, rather you should fully consider various aspects of a medical education that are important to you.

Here are top things you should consider at a given school:

      • Research initiatives

      • Early patient exposure

      • Problem- based learning

      • Case-based learning

      • Community outreach

      • Diversity and inclusivity

      • Student wellness

      • Faculty relations and approachability

AAMC PREview - Do You Think Like a Med Student?

What is PREview?

The AAMC has created a few online virtual interviews, first was the SJT and then VITA. In 2022, they introduced PREview which replaces its previous exams. PREview consists of several hypothetical questions designed to evaluate several core competencies related to professionalism.

The eight core competencies related to professionalism are:

  1. Service Orientation
  2. Social Skills
  3. Cultural Competence
  4. Teamwork
  5. Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others
  6. Resilience and Adaptability
  7. Reliability and Dependability
  8. Capacity for Improvement

What schools require PREview?

The following is the current list of US allopathic medical schools that require the AAMC’s PREview assessment.

StateMedical School
ALUniversity of Alabama School of Medicine
CAUniversity of California, Davis, School of Medicine
CAUniversity of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
DCGeorge Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
DCHoward University College of Medicine
GAMercer University School of Medicine
GAMorehouse School of Medicine
HIUniversity of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
ILCarle Illinois College of Medicine
ILChicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
ILSouthern Illinois University School of Medicine
KYUniversity of Louisville School of Medicine
MAUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
MIMichigan State University College of Human Medicine
MIOakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
MOSaint Louis University School of Medicine
NJCooper Medical School of Rowan University
NJRutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
OKUniversity of Oklahoma College of Medicine
PAGeisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
PRUniversidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
UTUniversity of Utah School of Medicine
WIUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

What is the PREview test format?

The exam presents written hypothetical scenarios related to healthcare, educational settings or other potential experiences of a medical student. After each scenario, several action items (possible responses to the situation) will be listed. The examinee will then have to rank each action based on its effectiveness.

There are 30 scenarios and 186 items total on the exam.. It takes about 75 minutes to complete these scenarios and items, but with check in, instructions, and options at the end, examinees can expect to spend around 90-105 minutes total on the exam.

When is the PREview test taken?

The test is available between June to September of the application year you are applying in. The exam can only be taken once during the application year, similar to Acuity. 

Only students who are applying to a school requiring it or recommending it are able to take the exam.

Does the PREview exam cost money?

Yes. It costs $100 and that includes distribution to all schools requiring or recommending it on your school list. 

What do I need to get ready for PREview?

There are many technical requirements for the exam and you should read the AAMC instruction manual thoroughly before sitting for the exam.

How is the PREview exam scored?

Your responses are ranked according to how closely they align with those of medical educators’ ranking. Your total score is scaled to account for exam variations and you are given a score between 1 (the lowest) and 9 (the highest). A score of nine means you are perfectly aligned with those of medical educators, and a score less than that means your responses are aligned less with those of medical educators.

A confidence band is also presented to account for test variability and to aid in interpretation of where your true score likely lies. Percentile ranks are also reported which help to position your performance amongst other applicants.

How do I report my score?

Your scores will automatically be added to your AMCAS application meaning your scores will be automatically reported to MD schools. 

How do I prepare for PREview?

The AAMC provides lots of free resources to applicants to prepare for the exam. We recommend you visit their website and use their prep materials and sample questions. PREview assesses whether you’re able to make decisions based on certain competencies and principles, so reviewing the medical ethics section above will also help you prepare!

If you’re really looking to take your PREview prep to the next level, you can also check out our Casper prep tool. This includes:

  • 2 simulated Casper exams, complete with video scenarios and text-based responses,
  • a 45-minute feedback session with a physician advisor who has served on a medical school admissions committee.
Though this resource is Casper-specific, it can help you develop the ethical know-how to approach PREview with poise and confidence. By working with physician experts, you’ll gain an insider’s understanding of what the test-writers and Admissions Committees are truly looking for in your responses.

Kira Talent Interview - Live or Asynchronous Q&A

What is the Kira Talent Interview?

Kira consists of either a live interview or an asynchronous interview, the latter being a one-way recording, similar to Snapshot. You will not know the questions beforehand but will be given them at the time of the exam. Then, you will have a limited time to record an answer. 

How can I prepare for the Kira Talent Interview?

The best way to prepare for Kira is to record yourself answering interview questions, similar to how you would prepare for Snapshot. The goal with both Kira and Snapshot is to assess how you present yourself, how you think ‘on your feet,’ and to get a sense of your personality. 

Similar to Snapshot, here are some questions to think about while preparing:

– Why do you want to be a physician?

– What is one of your greatest strengths?

– Why should you be admitted to medical school?

– Tell us about someone you admire and why?

– Describe a non-academic obstacle that you have overcome.

– What excites you about a career as a physician?

Which medical schools require Kira Talent?

As of 2023, the only US allopathic medical school that requires the Kira Talent Interview is University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

How can I maximize my chances of success for my Kira Talent Interview?

If you’re looking to maximize your chances of success, you could also invest in MedSchoolCoach interview prep services. Our physician advisors have helped thousands of students get into medical school and have logged over 500,000 advising hours total. They can deliver the expert insights and coaching you need to ace your Kira Talent Interview and get the acceptances you deserve.

Tips and Tricks for Conquering Your Virtual Assessments

Now let’s dive into some closing thoughts on how to conquer the virtual assessment portion of your medical school application. Although these evaluations are an important part of getting into medical school, they are not the most important. No matter what you end up scoring, stay focused on moving forward with your application!


1. Make sure you know which schools require which test and when. Get the tests done as early
in the application cycle as possible so that you don’t delay your application.

2. Wherever you take the exam (in your room, office, library, etc) be sure to test your
internet connection, lighting, sound and camera. You don’t want to have your internet go out when
you are recording an answer! Also, be sure you are not disturbed or interrupted during the test.

3. Dress professional! The recordings should really be from about your shoulders up but be
sure to have a professional shirt on and your hair/make-up styled appropriately. Also, make sure you
background is free of distractions and professional!

4. Remember to practice recording yourself! It may seem easy but record and review practice
responses. You may be surprised to see things you may do that you have no idea about! (ie- swiveling
in your chair, messing with your hair, etc).

5. Keep going! These exams are only one part of your application. No matter your score, keep
focusing on moving forward with your application and always putting your best foot forward!



Renee Marinelli MD

About the Author

Dr. Marinelli has practiced family medicine, served on the University of California Admissions Committee, and has helped hundreds of students get into medical school. She spearheads a team of physician advisors who guide MedSchoolCoach students.

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