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Pre-Admission Testing (HOAE)

Thank you for applying to the Veterinary Technology (Conventional) &/or Veterinary Technology Alternative program(s) at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus for Fall 2019. We are pleased that you have chosen our college and wish you well in the admission process!

The Health Occupation Aptitude Examination 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 review Admission Requirements for the Fall 2019 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 below. You are only allowed to write the HOAE once per application cycle.

Options for writing the HOAE

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

Testing Dates and Times for HOAE at Ridgetown Campus Only

  • Friday, Jan 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM
  • Friday, Feb 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM
  • Friday, Feb 22, 2019 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 registration form, you will be required to provide your program; your name; ontariocolleges.ca application number (19-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 19th, 2019. The last testing date being held at Ridgetown Campus is Friday, February 22nd.

Ridgetown Campus will accept cheques 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. Once payment has been processed, you will automatically receive a copy of your registration by email.


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

  • Copy of your payment notice
  • You may bring a capped drink into the exam room

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

Option 2: Write at 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 Pre-Admissions (HOAE) at Ridgetown Campus or another college that is conducting the testing. However, if you live more than 3 hours from our campus or live outside of Canada (international applicant), 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: When booking your test date, please note that Ridgetown will only accept scores from other colleges until February 28th.

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.

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 Amy Wszol at 519-674-1500 ext. 63206 or email at least 10 days prior to the testing date you have chosen. Once you have registered with Student Accessibility Services, instructions will be given to complete your registration.

Sign-in for accessibility sessions: D.J. Pestell Student Service & Alumni Centre RECEPTION between 10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Testing for the HOAE will take up to 3 3/4 hours.

Page reviewed 10/17/2018