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Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (HOAE)

Thank you for applying to the Veterinary Technology (Conventional) &/or Veterinary Technology Alternative program(s) at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus for Fall 2020. We are pleased that you have chosen our college and wish you well in the admission process!

The Health Occupation Aptitude Examination (HOAE) is a required test for all applicants applying to the Veterinary Technology program. In addition to completing the HOAE, applicants must also meet the admission requirements for the program. Please visit the Admission Requirements for the Fall 2020 intake to ensure that you meet (or are in the process of meeting the program’s admissions requirements.

The Health Occupations Aptitude Exam

The HOAE is a computerized exam comprised of five timed sections which will take approximately 2 1/2 hours to complete.

  • Academic Aptitude - 40 minutes; 75 questions
  • Spelling – 15 minutes; 45 questions
  • Reading Comprehension – 35 minutes; 35 questions
  • Information in the Natural Sciences (chemistry, biology, and physics -25 minutes; 60 questions
  • Vocational Adjustment Index – 15 minutes; 90 questions

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%).

Sample Questions

For sample questions please visit www.PSBtests.com You may use various resources to help prepare you for the test, such as a dictionary, 8th grade arithmetic textbook, high school science textbooks, a GED study guide, SAT study guide or the ARCO Nursing School and Allied Health Entrance Exams study guide.

How to write the HOAE

Once you have received your application acknowledgement email from Ridgetown Campus, please choose one of the following options.


If you have already written the HOAE for another college do not register to write again. You are only allowed to test one time per academic year. The college where you write your HOAE will forward your test results to ontariocolleges.ca for distribution to the other colleges to which you have applied.

Option 1: Register to write your test at Ridgetown Campus on one of the following dates:

Step 1 – Book Your Test

Testing is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Please use the online registration form to book your test at Ridgetown Campus. You will need your ontariocolleges.ca application number (20-XXX-XXXX) to proceed with the registration. The last date to register for testing at our campus will be February 12th, 2020. The college reserves the right to change applicant sessions with appropriate prior notice.

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.

Ridgetown Campus will accept cheque or money order (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. A confirmation email which includes your receipt will be sent to you once your payment has been processed. You will need to print the receipt and bring it with you to your test day.

If you have any questions about booking your test, please call 519-674-1500 ext. 63670 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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.

Testing Location: D.J. Pestell Student Service & Alumni Centre (lower level), Room 002

What to bring

  • Please print and bring a copy of your receipt (which includes your OCAS#; your OCAS number is required to access you testing session).
  • You may bring a capped drink into the exam room

The following items are not permitted: phone, calculator, dictionary, food

Option 2: Register with another college that offers the HOAE

If you live closer to another college that offers the HOAE, you may register with that college and write their examination. Your scores will be forwarded to ontariocolleges.ca who in turn will forward those scores to all other colleges that you have applied to that require the HOAE as part of their admissions process. No further action will be required on your part.

Option 3: Off-site testing

We strongly suggest that you write your (HOAE) test at Ridgetown Campus or another college that is conducting the testing. However, if you live more than 3 hours from our campus or are an (International applicant) living outside of Canada, your situation will be assessed on an individual basis. For further information please contact Judy O’Brien at 519-674-1500 x63670 or email .

NOTE: If testing at another college, please ensure you write the test no later than February 28th, as Ridgetown will only accept scores from other colleges until that date.

Student Accessibility Services

If you require support and/or academic accommodations you must register with Student Accessibility Services. In order to receive appropriate accommodations, you must contact Jill DeMaeyer at 519-674-1500 ext. 63206 or email a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the testing date you have chosen.

Once you have registered with Student Accessibility Services you will be sent a link to complete your online Registration.

Sign-in for accessibility sessions: D.J. Pestell Student Service & Alumni Centre reception between 10:00 – 10:15AM

International Applicants

If you are an international applicant living outside of Canada, please note that in addition to the alternate test locations (community colleges and universities), international applicants may also request to have their HOAE test proctored at a Canadian Embassy in their home country. (Arrangements must be made by the applicant and will not be facilitated by the international office.) These are the ONLY alternate locations that are accepted. A qualified invigilator must be a faculty person or authorized testing staff at a college or university or embassy as well. Please contact Judy O’Brien at 519-674-1500 x63670 or email for further instructions.

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