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

Thank you for applying to the Veterinary Technology (Conventional) Program at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus for Fall 2018. 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 refer to the Admission Requirements for the September (Fall) 2018 Intake information document, 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.

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)

Admission Testing Process

Once you have received your "acknowledgement" email from Ridgetown Campus please choose one of the options below.

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

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

Testing Dates and Times forH.O.A.E. at Ridgetown Campus Only

  • Fri Feb 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM
  • Fri Feb 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM
  • Fri Feb 23, 2018 at 1:00 PM

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 (18-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 or email juobrien@uoguelph.ca


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 21st, 2018. The last testing date being held at Ridgetown Campus is Friday, February 23rd.

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 automatically 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 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 (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 or you are an applicant of 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 28th.

Option 3: Register online to 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 contact Judy O’Brien at 519-674-1500 x 63670 or e-mail juobrien@uoguelph.ca

International Applicants

If you are an international applicant living outside of Canada, please see the instructions for OPTION 3, booking an off-site testing location. Please note that in addition to the alternate test locations listed (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) is also required.

If you have any questions regarding your admission requirements for the VT program please contact Barb O’Neill, Assistant Registrar at 519-674-1500 x63620 or email at baoneill@uoguelph.ca or refer to our International Student Admissions page.

Student Accessibility Services

If you are an applicant with a disability, testing accommodations may be arranged with appropriate documentation through our Student Accessibility Services. Please contact us at 519-674-1500 x63206 or email rcsas@uoguelph.ca for further information.

Sign-in for accessibility sessions (on campus): D.J. Pestell Student Service & Alumni Centre RECEPTION between 10:00 – 10:15 a.m. NOTE: If you are accepted into our Veterinary Technology program, you will need to register with the Student Accessibility Services Office prior to your program start date.

Additional Information

  • Please read carefully 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.
  • You will register to write the H.O.A.E. for only one college. Be sure you have chosen the best location for you as once you have registered, your testing fee is non-refundable.
  • For tips on taking tests and sample questions, visit PSBtests website
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