Health Occupations Aptitude Examination

Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (HOAE) during COVID-19

HOAE testing has been moved from in person to an online format. This means Georgian College will not be offering onsite HOAE testing this year. The test will be delivered by the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) and Georgian College Testing Services staff will work with you throughout this process.

To guarantee a space for online testing and receive registration instructions, please email or call 1.877.722.1523. If emailing, please indicate HOAE registration and your Georgian College student ID in the subject line.

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.
  • 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 only need to test once.
  • If you are testing at another college, please ensure that you write the test no later than Feb. 28.

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

Verify you are meeting the academic course requirements by visiting the program page. If you have already applied, you can also verify by logging into (review login procedures here). This is your applicant dashboard! Choose Check my application status, and then select Missing Requirements. If you are unsure, you can reach out to your admissions officer directly. Their name and contact information is in your applicant dashboard.

2. Are you an applicant with a disability?

If you have a documented disability and wish to arrange accommodations for the HOAE test, these may be arranged with appropriate documentation. Call 1.877.722.1523 for more information. Please be aware that the type of accommodations will be based on the recommendation of Georgian’s accessibility advisor.

3. Frequently asked questions

Why write 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 HOAE 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 are not part of the examination, nor are the answers provided. Specimen questions for the PSB-Health Occupations Aptitude Examination can be found at

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 $85 United States Dollars (USD). This fee is non-refundable.

How long is the test?

The total time for the test is two ½ hours.

How do I pay for the test?

The examination fee is paid directly to the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB), and you will receive further instructions once you have begun the test registration process. Georgian College Testing Services staff will help facilitate this process.

When can I get my test results?

Your results are available for viewing on Banner Web for Admissions. To see results, log in to Banner, click Admissions Menu, and then See your Georgian testing 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.

When can I write my test?

You will have a window of four weeks from the date that Georgian College Testing Services staff registers you with PSB, until the deadline of February 28, to select a time to write your test online.

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 2021. 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 am scheduled to write the HOAE through 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 through Georgian College will have their results automatically forwarded by OCAS to the other colleges requiring the HOAE.

Why does Georgian College require the HOAE for admission when other colleges do not?

Each college is able 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.

Do I have to write the HOAE if I have just completed Pre-Health Sciences?

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

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

Yes. Each application cycle is a new process, so you will need to complete the test again if you wish to be considered for acceptance.

Tips for taking tests

  • Get plenty of sleep the night before. Lack of adequate rest the night before will affect your efficiency.
  • 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.