Health Occupations Aptitude Examination

Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (HOAE) information

  • admission testing is mandatory for some Health, Wellness and Sciences programs (see step 1, below). Testing covers academic aptitude, spelling, reading comprehension, science and vocational aptitude. Test results are used for selection and will be released online to applicants as of March 1 (see Web Information System Instructions included in your acknowledgement letter).
  • selection is based both on academic grades and results from the HOAE. If you are applying to more than one Health, Wellness and Sciences program at Georgian (or applying to other colleges), you need only test once.
  • if testing at another college, please ensure that you write the test no later than Feb. 28. Make sure you read each step carefully before making your online reservation, as you might not need to proceed.

1. Do you meet the admission requirements for your chosen programs?

First, check program requirements by going to linked pages provided below, and if you are still not sure, contact the program area:

If you meet all the requirements or are sure you will meet them before the program starts, go to step 5.

2. Are you an applicant with a disability?

If you have a documented disability and wish to arrange accommodations for the HOAE test, you do not need to reserve your seat online. Testing accommodations may be arranged with appropriate documentation. Call 705.325.2740, ext. 3113 for more information. Please be aware that the type of accommodations will be based on the recommendation of Georgian’s accessibility advisor.

3. Are you an international applicant?

You are required to complete the HOAE test and submit the international student application before being considered for admissions.

4. Do you require off-site testing?

Must be more than three hours from Barrie, Orillia, Owen Sound or Orangeville campus. We strongly recommend that you complete your HOAE test at Georgian College or another college that is conducting the test. If you are unable to do so and are more than three hours from a Georgian College campus, you can request off-site testing. It is your responsibility to arrange for an alternate test location (community colleges and universities are the only alternate locations that are accepted) and a qualified invigilator (must be a faculty person or authorized testing staff at a college or university). You are also responsible for any fees charged by the alternate test location. Georgian College does not assume any responsibility for problems encountered at the alternate location. If you wish to apply for off-site testing complete the following steps:

  1. go to step 5 and book your HOAE test for one of Georgian’s test sessions
  2. pay for your test
  3. Download HOAE Off Site Test Request Form for 2019 and 2020
  4. fax the application to the contact on the application at least 10 days before the date reserved at Georgian College
  5. if your application is approved, your Georgian reservation will be cancelled and your test will be forwarded to the alternate location
  6. check your email that you listed on the form for confirmation of approval

5. Complete the online test reservation

NOTE: Some users with free email accounts (e.g., Hotmail) or accounts with high security settings have experienced difficulties in receiving the email confirmation from the registration process. If you haven’t received an email confirmation, check your junk mail, bulk or deleted folders. You may wish to use or set-up a different email account with another provider to avoid this potential problem. Testing is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. To guarantee a space for testing, you must book and pay for your test immediately. Book your test here on our online test reservation page. Read the instructions on how to log in for Web for admissions. You will be required to provide the following information at the time you book your test:

  • program name(s)
  • OCAS application number
  • Georgian student ID number
  • your phone number and email address
  • credit card number, cardholder name, card expiry date
You will need to pay for your test at the time of booking. Have your credit card available.

6. Frequently asked questions

Why do the test?

Testing in the selection process for career education programs is proven to be constructive and beneficial to both the applicant and the institution to which admission is sought. Results of standardized tests provide an unbiased mechanism for assessing applicants. This, combined with grades from previous education, will help the college to select those applicants that are most likely to be successful in their chosen program.

What does the test cover?

The HOAE covers spelling, reading comprehension, natural sciences like chemistry, biology and physics, arithmetic, perceptual and word problems. Sample questions for the Health Occupations Aptitude Examination are provided to familiarize you with the format of the examination, the directions for completing each examination part, the types of questions contained in the examination, and the content areas measured by the test questions. These questions will not be found in the examination, nor are answers provided. Specimen questions for the PSB-Health Occupations Aptitude Examination can be found at www.psbtests.com.

Is the test the same as CPA?

CPA refers to the College Placement Assessment. It assesses a student for placement into a college level communications course. CPA is conducted after a student has been accepted. HOAE assesses general knowledge and critical thinking skills. You do not have to complete the CPA unless you have been accepted into a Georgian College program.

How much does the test cost?

The HOAE costs $50. This fee is non-refundable.

How long is the test?

The total time for the test is three hours. The testing takes 2 ½ hours but you need to arrive 30 minutes early to register. Make sure you record the time and date you selected when you reserved your seat.

How do I pay for the test?

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. Payment of testing fees will be completed using the college’s online payment procedures. You will receive the link by email once you have completed your reservation. Payment must be made using a major credit card. Security measures are in place to protect your information.

When can I get my test results?

Your results are available for viewing on Banner Web for Admissions. Visit our admissions page to find instructions on logging in and viewing your results.

Can I use a calculator?

Calculators and other aids are not allowed.

What happens if I don’t write the test?

If you do not write the HOAE, your application will be incomplete and you will not be considered for acceptance.

I missed my HOAE test date and I need to reschedule. What do I do?

If you book a test reservation and do not attend, there is a re-booking fee of $50. We are sorry but test dates cannot be changed online. Please call 705.325.2740, ext. 3002 to re-book.

My HOAE test date is coming up and I need to reschedule. What do I do?

Please provide 10 business days’ notice to change your test reservation, otherwise a re-booking fee of $50 will apply. We are sorry but test dates cannot be changed online. Please call 705.325.2740, ext. 3002 to reschedule.

Can I use my HOAE test results from last year?

Each application cycle is a new process. These test results can be used for fall 2016 and winter 2017 selection. Test results from a previous year cannot be used for selection.

When will I learn if I passed?

There is no pass mark. Results provide a relative ranking based on averages from all applicants who have taken the HOAE. The results are specific to each particular program. Georgian College uses this information and assigns points. Points achieved through testing results and previous academic grades are combined to give total points. Applicants are then ranked based on these points.

What happens if I don’t do well on the test?

The HOAE is used for selection so rewrites are not allowed. You are eligible to write the HOAE on scheduled test dates once per calendar year.

I live further than three hours away from one of Georgian’s main campuses. Can I have the test sent to me?

Any applicant within a three-hour drive of any of the campuses where testing takes place is expected to test at the college. If you are further than three hours, your situation will be assessed on an individual basis. You must complete an off-site testing request form. We strongly recommend that you complete your HOAE test at Georgian College or another college that is conducting the test. If you are unable to do so and are more than three hours from a Georgian College campus, you can request off-site testing. It is your responsibility to arrange for an alternate test location (community colleges and universities are the only alternate locations that are accepted) and a qualified invigilator (must be a faculty person or authorized testing staff at a college or university). You are also responsible for any fees charged by the alternate test location. Georgian College does not assume any responsibility for problems encountered at the alternate location. If you wish to apply for off-site testing complete the following steps:

  1. book your HOAE test for one of Georgian’s test sessions.
  2. pay for your test.
  3. download and complete the off-site testing request form.
  4. fax the application to the contact on the application at least 10 days before the date reserved at Georgian College.
  5. if you application is approved, your Georgian reservation will be cancelled and your test will be forwarded to the alternate location.
  6. check your email that you listed on the form for confirmation of approval.

I can’t get to any of the test dates. What do I do?

It is in your best interest to complete the test on one of the scheduled dates. The college will consider alternate test dates only under the most extreme circumstances. Approval would need to be granted by the program co-ordinator or associate registrar. Applicants who have completed the HOAE at another college for the current application cycle will have their results automatically forwarded to Georgian College through OCAS. Please note however that Georgian College does not accept results of other selection tests from colleges in place of the HOAE.

I am scheduled to write the HOAE at Georgian College but there are other colleges I have applied to that require the HOAE. How do I transfer my results to other colleges?

Applicants who have completed the HOAE at Georgian College will have their results automatically forwarded by OCAS to the other colleges requiring the HOAE.

I was not able to complete my payment online when booking my reservation. How can I make my payment?

You can make your payment over the phone using a credit card by calling our Registrar’s Office. You can also pay in person by coming into any one of our campuses. You can make your payment by credit card, debit card, money order or cash.

Why do I have to write this test when other colleges don’t expect me to?

Every college has the right to set their own admission/selection process. There is a high demand for Health, Wellness and Sciences programs at Georgian College and testing assists us in selecting the applicants who are best prepared for the work involved in our programs.

Why do I have to do the test when I have just completed Pre-Health Science?

All applicants to Health, Wellness and Sciences programs are treated equally and must follow the same admission/selection process.

I was accepted into a Health, Wellness and Sciences program last year but did not come to the college. Why do I have to test again?

Unfortunately, when you made the choice not to attend the college the year you were accepted, it means you also forfeited your acceptance. You must complete the process again if you wish to be considered again. Each year our applicant pool changes and there is no guarantee that the scores you obtained previously will be sufficient to be accepted this year.

I need directions to the college campus where I will be testing.

To find directions to the campus where you are testing you should go to Georgian College locations and maps.

Tips for taking tests

  • get plenty of sleep the night before. Lack of adequate rest the night before will affect your efficiency
  • relax – too much worry and anxiety is neither necessary nor helpful
  • mobilize your self-confidence; be positive, your attitude is important!
  • report illness, excessive fatigue, or other conditions that would be a hindrance, prior to beginning the test
  • take care of any personal needs before the testing begins

NOTE: You must bring photo identification and proof of application to the programs for which you are testing (Georgian number and OCAS number – available on your acknowledgement letter from Georgian) or you will be denied access to the test.

NOTE: Parking at the College is $6. You will need exact change; please have loonies available.

I am scheduled to write the HOAE at a Georgian campus that I have not applied to. Will my results still get forwarded to the appropriate campus?

It does not matter at which Georgian College campus you write your HOAE. You can write at any campus that is offering the test or that is closest to where you live.

There is no HOAE testing available at the campus that I applied to. Is it okay to write the HOAE at a different campus location? Will my results still get forwarded to the appropriate campus?

It does not matter at which Georgian College campus you write your HOAE. You can write at any campus that is offering the test or that is closest to where you live.