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Secondary Applications & CASPer

Secondary applications should be completed as soon as you submit your TMDSAS application. 

Any questions related to a secondary application should be directed to the respective school. Any secondary application required documents and/or fees should be sent directly to the school and NOT to TMDSAS.

Completion of the secondary application is  required by the following medical schools before the TMDSAS application is considered:

  • Baylor College of Medicine
    • Applicants must create an account in the school's admissions portal in order to complete the secondary application. Applicants will not receive an email invitation to complete the secondary application. The final deadline for supplemental applications is November 1, 2020. (EY 2021)
    • The fee for Baylor COM supplemental application fee is $100 for all applicants, accepted through electronic payments only. Mailed checks and money orders will not be accepted. (EY 2021)
  • Dell Medical School
    • Candidates will receive an email invitation from the medical school to complete the secondary application after an initial review of their TMDSAS application. The school uses a unique video secondary application. If selected, the applicant receives an email invitation with details on how to prepare and submit the video through a free online portal.
    • The priority deadline for the secondary application is November 16, 2020. (EY 2021)
  • McGovern Medical School
    • Candidates will receive an email invitation from the medical school to complete the secondary application after an initial review of their TMDSAS application.
  • Sam Houston State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Candidates will receive an email invitation from the medical school to complete the secondary application after an initial review of their TMDSAS application.
    • The SHSU-COM accepts e-checks and all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and JCB Diner Club) for payment of the non-refundable application fee of $75. The supplemental application and fee are required for consideration.
  • Texas A&M University College of Medicine
    • Applicants must create an account in the school's admissions portal to receive the secondary application. Applicants will not receive an email invitation to complete the secondary application.
    • TAMU COM accepts only credit cards for payment of the non-refundable application fee of $60. The secondary application and fee are required for consideration. (EY 2021)
  • Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine
    • Candidates will receive an email invitation from the medical school to complete the secondary application after an initial review of their TMDSAS application. 
  • Texas Tech University HSC El Paso Paul L. Foster SOM
    • Candidates will receive an email invitation from the medical school to complete the secondary application after an initial review of their TMDSAS application. The secondary application closes December 1, 2020. (EY 2021)
    • The secondary application fee is $60, and may be paid by credit card, check, or money order.
  • University of Houston College of Medicine
    • Candidates will receive an email invitation from the medical school to complete the secondary application after an initial review of their TMDSAS application. 
  • University of North Texas HSC – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM)
    • In addition to the TMDSAS application, applicants are required to submit a secondary application directly to TCOM, available through the TCOM admissions portal. Applicants must create an account in the portal. Applicants will not receive an email invitation to complete the secondary application.
    • Deadline to submit the secondary application is November 17, 2021. The fee for the TCOM application is $50.
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
    • Candidates will receive an email invitation from the medical school to complete the secondary application after an initial review of their TMDSAS application. 
    • Deadline to submit the secondary application is November 15, 2021. The fee is $70.
  • UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
    • Candidates will receive an email invitation from the medical school to complete the secondary application after an initial review of their TMDSAS application. 
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
    •  Candidates will receive an email invitation from the medical school to complete the secondary application after an initial review of their TMDSAS application.  The deadline to submit the secondary application is November 15, 2021.

CASPer

CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.

Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the School of Medicine test (CSP-10111 – U.S. Medicine) and reserve a test using your TMDSAS ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.

The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

 

Schools Requiring CASPer

CASPer is required for:

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
  • McGovern Medical School
  • Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Texas A&M University College of Medicine
  • Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine
  • Texas Tech University HSC, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Latest test date accepted is October 14, 2021)
  • UT Southwestern Medical School