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Positive personal characteristics and professionalism are vital to have in high-stake professions, yet they are also the hardest to measure. When the assessments that determine our abilities are unreliable and delivered in an non-equitable manner, we cannot truly know how people are performing. This fails applicants, academic programs, and our society as a whole.

These assessment issues have driven co-founders Harold Reiter, MD MEd (co-creator of the MMI Interview) and Kelly Dore, PhD – internationally renowned researchers in admissions and assessment to formulate a series of fair and effective methods of selection. Their assessment methods are now used in a variety of prestigious professional training programs.

They began by conducting rigorous research to identify important personality and behavioural traits. From there, they developed testing and assessment methodologies to assess an applicant’s suitability to professions that require a great deal of empathy and emotional maturity.

Altus Assessments now offers this research-backed testing (CASPer™ in particular) to schools as a turnkey, cost-effective way to allow applicants with the difficult-to-teach soft skills to stand out from those who perform well on strictly academic measures. We are committed to developing less resource-intensive, robust, and holistic tools to better predict student success, so programs can focus on developing the next generation of high-performing professionals.
"At Altus Assessments, we strive to simplify the applicant assessment process, while simultaneously making it more effective.\r\n\r\nWe focus on high-throughput assessment methods to evaluate an applicant\u2019s personal and\r\nprofessional characteristics. Current assessment methods for these traits are mostly unreliable and poor predictors of graduate success. In the medical profession alone, a lack of professionalism is a $50 billion (US) problem \u2013 accounting for 92% of complaints.\r\n\r\nOur products are developed from over a decade\u2019s worth of rigorous academic research on assessment methods for the personal characteristics critical to professional success. At Altus, we continue to refine our products every year with on-going research by top academics in the field. Our products have successively screened over 25, 000 applicants since 2010, and we are on track to screen an additional 25, 000 applicants alone in 2015."


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