The HOAE is an online, computer-based assessment that evaluates an applicant’s knowledge and understanding in areas applicable to college-level health services programs. This 2.5 hour exam consists of the following five timed multiple-choice sections: Academic Aptitude, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Natural Science and Vocational Aptitude.
You must book your test date and time online if you are testing at Niagara College. Testing is booked on a first-come, first-served basis.
Payment guarantees your test date reservation. Payment must be received at least two days prior to your scheduled testing date.
The Test Centre will contact you by phone or email if there are any problems with your reservation or payment.
Payment can be made online at the time of online registration. A credit card is required.
Payment may also be accepted:
In person: Cash can be paid in person on the day of your scheduled test. Credit and debit cards are accepted at the Test Centre during the Test Centre hours of operation. Check Test Centre Hours of Operation
To be approved for off-site testing, applicants must be more than three hours from both the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Niagara College campuses. Any applicant within a three hour drive is expected to test at Niagara College. If you live more than three hours from a Niagara College campus, your situation will be assessed on an individual basis and you may be permitted to take the HOAE at a qualified location in your area.
If you wish to request off-site testing, please contact us.
If you are an applicant with a disability and require accommodation to complete this exam, you are required to complete a “Pre-Admission Testing and Accommodation Request Form”, which will be at the end of the online form when you register for your HOAE exam. Please be aware that the type of accommodation(s) received will be based on the recommendation of Niagara College’s Disability Services Office.
For more information and questions about pre-admission testing, please contact Accessibility Services.
If you are not an applicant to a Niagara College program and wish to write the HOAE for another college at one of our campuses, please contact us to arrange for testing.
Applicants who have completed the HOAE at Niagara College will have their results submitted directly to OCAS. Your results will then be automatically transferred by OCAS to all other Ontario institutions that you have applied to that require this examination.