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Pre-Admission Testing (HOAE)

Thank you for applying to the Veterinary Technology program at University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus for Fall 2015. We are pleased that you have chosen our campus and wish you well in the admission process!

Pre-admission testing for admission consideration into Ridgetown Campus’s Veterinary Technology program is mandatory. The Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (HOAE) 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 HOAE (40%); and any successful prior post-secondary achievement (5%).

Please NOTE there is also a minimum 40 hour work experience in a veterinary clinic/hospital admission requirement that must be completed and proof submitted prior to entrance into the program (work experience report submission due date is August 1st)

We hope that you will write your Health Occupations Aptitude Examination here at Ridgetown Campus, but we do understand that you may live closer to another campus that also offers the HOAE testing. If not, and you are further than 3 hours from our campus you may request an Off-Site HOAE test to be sent to a college or university in your area that will proctor the test for you. Visit the Online Registration page to view the instructions for Off-Site Testing. Please note though, that once you have registered with us, our test fee is non-refundable.

Only qualified applicants should write the HOAE test. Please check the Admission Requirements for the 2015/2016 Academic Year page 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 27th, even if the course is yet to be completed.

There are three steps in the Admission Testing process. By following each step carefully, you will ensure that you complete your test in time for the results to be included for selection purposes.

NOTE: Do not use on-line registration if you require off-site testing.

  1. Book Your Testing
    Testing is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. You must book your test date and time online if you are testing on-campus at Ridgetown. You will be required to provide the following information at the time you book your test: program; your name; OntarioColleges.ca application number; (15-XXX-XXXX) mailing address; phone number and email address. Once you have completed the reservation process, you will be directed to pay by credit card or send your payment to Ridgetown Campus.
  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. If you are paying by cheque or money order, we must receive payment within (5) working days of registering. If payment is not received within this time, your seat will be cancelled. The last date to sign up for testing will be February 18, 2015. The last testing date being held at Ridgetown Campus is Friday, February 20th.

    Ridgetown Campus accepts cheques or money orders (made payable to ‘University of Guelph’) or credit card for payment. Cash is not accepted. The campus will contact you by phone or e-mail if there is any problem with your reservation or payment.
  3. Test Day
    You will be required to sign in prior to your HOAE testing. Please bring your reservation/payment notice with you on that day. Please see below for the available test dates and times.

for Morning Sessions will be from 8:30 – 9:00
for Afternoon Sessions will be from 12:30 – 1:00
Location of Sign-In: Pestell Bldg, Student Service Alumni Centre, Rm. PSAC002 (lower level)

You can find directions to the Campus on this site or on the reverse side of the enclosed Acknowledgment Letter from the Assistant Registrar


  • Sat Feb 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM (last signup day Feb 7, 2015)
  • Sat Feb 7, 2015 at 1:00 PM (last signup day Feb 7, 2015)
  • Fri Feb 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM (last signup day Feb 20, 2015)
  • Fri Feb 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM (last signup day Feb 20, 2015)


If you have an identified special need, testing accommodations may be arranged with appropriate documentation. Call Mrs. Judy O’Brien at 519-674-1500 x63670 for more information.

Location of Sign-In: Reception, Pestell Bldg., Student Service Alumni Centre


  • Sat Feb 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM (last signup day Feb 7, 2015)
  • Sat Feb 7, 2015 at 1:00 PM (last signup day Feb 7, 2015)
  • Fri Feb 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM (last signup day Feb 20, 2015)
  • Fri Feb 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM (last signup day Feb 20, 2015)

NOTE: If you are accepted into any program, you will still have to submit proper documentation to the Student Accessibility Services Office


The college where you write your HOAE testing will automatically forward your test results to ontariocolleges.ca for distribution to the other colleges that you have applied to. No action is required on your part.

If you are booking your test date with another college please be aware that HOAE test results will only being accepted by Ridgetown Campus until February 27th.

Page reviewed 05/12/2015