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Pre-Admission Testing (H.O.A.E.)

Thank you for applying to the Veterinary Technology (Conventional) &/or Veterinary Technology Alternative program(s) at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus for Fall 2016. We are pleased that you have chosen our college and wish you well in the admission process!

Admission Testing

Pre-admission testing for admission consideration into Ridgetown Campus’s Veterinary Technology program is mandatory. The Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (H.O.A.E.) will cover academic aptitude, spelling, reading comprehension, science and vocational aptitude. Test results are used as part of Ridgetown Campus’s admission selection. Selection for the Veterinary Technology program is based on academic grades (55%); results from the H.O.A.E. (40%); and any successful prior post-secondary achievement (5%).

Only qualified applicants should write the H.O.A.E. test. Please check the VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM – Admission Requirements for the 2016/2017 Academic Year to ensure that you meet (or are in the process of meeting) the program’s admissions requirements. If you are in the process of taking upgrading through sources such as night school / adult education sites; ILC courses (Independent Learning Centre) or other non-high school avenues, please be sure to have proof of enrolment into the course(s) forwarded to the Registrar’s Office no later than February 29th, even if the course is yet to be completed.

Testing Dates and Times for Ridgetown Campus

  • Sat Feb 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM
  • Sat Feb 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM
  • Fri Feb 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM
  • Fri Feb 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Three options for writing your H.O.A.E.

Option 1: Register online and write your test at Ridgetown Campus

Step 1 – Book Your Test

Testing is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Be aware that some testing times fill up quickly. When you complete the online sign-up form, you will be required to provide your program; your name; ontariocolleges.ca application number (16-XXX-XXXX); mailing address; phone number and email address. Once you have completed the form, you will be directed to provide payment to Ridgetown Campus.

If you have any questions about booking your test, please call 519-674-1500 x63670 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Step 2 – Pay the Testing Fee

Directions for payment of the testing fee will be provided once you have booked your test online. A non-refundable testing fee must be paid to guarantee your reservation. The testing fee is $50. Payment must be received within five (5) working days of making your reservation. If payment is not received within this time, your reservation will be cancelled. The last date to sign up for testing will be February 16, 2016. The last testing date being held at Ridgetown Campus is Friday, February 19th.

Ridgetown Campus accepts cheques or money orders (made payable to ‘University of Guelph’) or credit card for payment. Cash is not accepted. The college will contact you by phone or e-mail if there is any problem with your reservation or payment. Once payment has been processed, you will receive a copy of your registration by email and a tentative schedule for your test day.

Step 3 – Test Day

You are to sign into the testing at Ridgetown Campus between 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. for morning testing sessions; and 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. for afternoon testing sessions on the specified date chosen on your online registration form. Please bring your reservation/payment notice with you on that day.

Sign-in: Pestell Bldg, Student Service Alumni Centre, Rm. PSAC002 (lower level)

Option 2: Write at another college that offers the H.O.A.E.

If you live closer to another college that offers the H.O.A.E you may register with that college and write their examination. Your scores will automatically be forwarded to Ontariocolleges.ca who in turn will forward those scores to all other colleges that you have applied to that require the H.O.A.E. as part of their admissions process. No further action will be required on your part. When booking your test date, please note that Ridgetown will only accept scores from other colleges until February 29th.

Option 3: Write an off-site test

If you live further than 3 hours from our campus and aren’t close to any other colleges that offer the H.O.A.E., you may request an off-site test. For further information, please view the off-site testing information.

Students with special needs

If you are a student with a disability and/or academic accommodations, you will be required to submit supporting documentation of your accommodation to Mrs. Judy O’Brien, Veterinary Technology Program. Please contact her at 519-674-1500 x63670 or email juobrien@uoguelph.ca for further instructions.

If you choose either OPTION 1 or OPTION 3 you will be required to submit your documentation to Ridgetown Campus. If you choose OPTION 2, your documentation will need to be submitted to the college where you are writing your H.O.A.E. at.

Sign-in for Special Needs students: Reception, Pestell Bldg, Student Service Alumni Centre

NOTE: If you are accepted into our Veterinary Technology Program you will be required to Register with the Student Assessibility Services Office

Additional Information

  • Please check the information provided by each college that you have applied to, to ensure that you are meeting all deadlines and writing the appropriate testing for each of those colleges.
  • For tips on taking tests and sample questions, visit PSBtests website
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