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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 2017. 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%). Please NOTE that 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: August 1st)

Only qualified applicants should write the H.O.A.E. test. Please check the VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM – Admission Requirements for the September (Fall) 2017 Intake 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 28th, even if the course is yet to be completed.

Admission Testing Process

By carefully reading and choosing the best option for writing the HOAE, you will ensure that you complete your test in time for the results to be included for selection purposes.

*Once you have received your acknowledgement package from Ridgetown Campus*

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 Dates and Times for Ridgetown Campus

  • Fri Feb 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM
  • Fri Feb 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM
  • Fri Feb 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM

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 (17-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 of $50 must be paid to guarantee your reservation. 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 13, 2017. The last testing date being held at Ridgetown Campus is Friday, February 17th.

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. Once payment is completed, you will automatically receive an email with a copy of your registration and an agenda confirming your test time and location.


Step 3 – Test Day

You are to sign into the testing at Ridgetown Campus between 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. for 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: D.J. Pestell Student Service & Alumni Centre, Room. PSC002 (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 24th.

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 page.

Student Accessibility Services

If you are a student with a disability and will be requesting support and/or academic accommodations, you must register with Student Accessibility Services. In order to receive appropriate accommodations, you must contact Amy Wzsol at 519-674-1500 x63206 or rcsas@uoguelph.ca at least 10 days prior to the testing date you have chosen.

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.

Sign-in for accessibility sessions: Reception, D.J. Pestell Student Service & Alumni Centre between 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

NOTE: If you are accepted into our Veterinary Technology Program you will need to register with the Student Assessibility Services Office prior to your program start date.

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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