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The Psychological Services Bureau (or PSB)  Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) is designed to determine a candidate’s readiness and ability to successfully complete a program as a health care professional. It will assess the student’s abilities, attitude and skills and knowledge in a variety of areas and is part of the required educational curriculum for a healthcare practitioner.

About the Test

The exam can be both a Computer-based format (CBE) or pen and pencil at specified exam sites depending on the school at which you are applying.  Tips for studying computer based exams.  The test is generally held in the Fall and Spring but can vary by testing sites.

The cost is normally $25 and you must register in advance

Results will be available immediately following the end of the testing.

The test is divided into five parts that have to be completed in two and one-half hours.

The five categories are:

  • Academic Aptitude-Part I
    Verbal – (V) Vocabulary 30 questions
    Arithmetic – (A) Basic Math – 30 questions
    Nonverbal – (NV) Analytical Reasoning 30 questions
  • Spelling-Part II – 30 questions
  • Reading Comprehension-Part III 35 questions
  • Information in the Natural Sciences-Part IV – 60 questions
    Vocational Adjustment Index-Part V – 90 questions

You will be scored for each section and then have an overall score
No calculators are allowed but you can use scratch paper and pencil.

Test results are available immediately with the computer based format and a copy can be sent directly to the school. The pen and pencil test is scored within 24 hours of receipt by the testing center and can be sent to the school to which you are applying.

Common and past names of the PSB HOAE Test

  • PSB HOAE Test
  • PSB Test / PSB Exam
  • HOAE PSB Test
  • HOAE Test / HOAE Exam
  • Health Occupations Aptitude Exam

What’s on the Test

Canadian Colleges that use the HOAE PSB

Canadian Colleges that use the HOAE PSB as part of their admissions process varies.  Here are a few :

  • Georgian College
  • Lambton College
  • Durham College
  • Conestoga College
  • Algonquin College
  • Northern College
  • Canadore College
  • Seneca College
  • Confederation College
  • Humber College
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No calculators allowed!
It varies - here is a quick rundown: 30 math (grade 8 level) 60 spelling 50 reading comprehension 90 natural science including biology, chemistry, health safety, physics (?) and basic science.
Sorry - no formula sheets are allowed!
Check with your school - I believe a computer based and paper format are available but not at every school
Yes this is a multiple choice test
There are a number of options. The PDF download version can be printed out and used like a pencil and paper test. There are two practice tests, self assessments and tutorials. We also have an online interactive study practice course. This includes all of the same material. The benefit is it is interactive so when you take the quiz, and get a wrong answer it will tell you. It also includes a timed test so you can practice for the real thing. This includes the PDF download so probably the better deal. HOAE Study Practice Course All the information is here - HERE

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Very Helpful!Very helpful as a dry run and getting used to the format of the actual test. quite challenging and good explanations. recommended as extra practice. By: Item Reviewed: Pass the PSB Published by:
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Very Good!Seems to cover all of the topics pretty close to the PSB - although it is definitely an 'unofficial' study guide. The practice questions are good - more difficult than the PSB if anything. Format seems to match the PSB. By: Item Reviewed: Pass the PSB Published by:
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Very Helpful! Great reference book!! I recommend it!! It helped me with the test tremendously! By: Item Reviewed: Pass the PSB Published by:
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Date Published: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
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  1. Johanna Oswalt
    November 10, 2017

    I have a question, Is this the right study guide for the PSB Health Aptitude Examination for students who want to pursue SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM? if it is how can I buy the book and how much?

  2. Brian
    November 15, 2017

    There are many different programs the PSB HOAE is used for – check with your school

  3. Frederick Potts
    November 1, 2018

    Thanks! Very helpful

  4. Abbey
    February 5, 2019

    Can I use a calculator in the exam?

  5. Brian Stocker
    February 5, 2019

    No calculators allowed

  6. iris
    March 31, 2020

    i would like to buy a PDF version,could you sent me the PDF link,please?thanks!

  7. Brian Stocker
    March 31, 2020

    hello – scroll down and click on ORDER NOW

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