PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (HOAE) – Free Practice & More

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The Health Occupations Aptitude Examination is also known as PSB Test, HOAE Test, Health Occupations Aptitude Exam, HOAE PSB test, PSB HOAE, and PSB health occupations aptitude examination. Therefore, if you are told to take a test with any of the names above, know that they are all referring to the same test. It is essential to prepare for the HOAE test as you have to pass it in order to be accepted to the healthcare program in which you wish to study.

The PSB HOAE Test is a 2-hour and 15-minute test with 305 questions. It comprises five parts—academic aptitude, spelling, reading comprehension, information in the natural sciences, and vocational adjustment index (psychological assessment). The fee may be different depending on the program. The range is around $25-60.

Usually, the test takes place by appointment at the college to which you are applying. During the Covid-19 pandemic, at-home remote testing is possible via a proctored online setting with Pearson Vue, sometimes for an additional fee.

Did you know?

The PSB Test has five sections: (1) academic aptitude, (2) spelling, (3) reading comprehension, (4) information in the natural sciences, and (5) vocational adjustment index. Scores are ranked by percentile, with top performers being selected for the health occupation program. To excel on the test, you will need to read through the instructions carefully and work quickly.

This Health Occupations Aptitude Exam predicts your ability to complete the healthcare program which prepares qualified healthcare personnel. It is a standardized pre-admission test required for application to various nursing schools and healthcare programs in colleges and universities, including Practical Nursing (PPNSG), Cardiovascular Technology, Dental Hygiene, Pharmacy Technician (PPHTN), and Veterinary Technician (PVETT). In addition to passing the HOAE test, you may be required to meet additional admission requirements, specific to each program.

PSB HOAE Question Types Explained

The PSB HOAE Test is divided into five parts. Each part measures an ability/characteristic that is needed for your success in your chosen healthcare program.

The total time limit is 2 hours and 15 minutes, and the test is divided into five parts:

PartNo. of QuestionsTime AllowedTime per QuestionMeasures
I – Academic Aptitude (Verbal + Arithmetic + Non-Verbal)75 questions40 minutes32 secondsChance of academic success
II – Spelling45 questions15 minutes20 secondsBasic educational achievement
III – Reading Comprehension35 questions35 minutes1 minuteBasic reading skills
IV – Information in the Natural Sciences60 questions20 minutes20 secondsAccumulated professional knowledge
V – Vocational Adjustment Index (not covered in this course)90 questions15 minutes10 secondsFit for being an health occupations practitioner
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Part 1 – Academic Aptitude

This section tests your ability to learn and recall information. It is correlated with, thus predicting, academic success. The subsections consist of the following three types of questions—verbal questions, arithmetic questions, and non-verbal questions.

Verbal Subtest

Question Format/Instructions

This aspect consists of vocabulary-related test questions. You will be presented with five words. Four share some similarity in their meaning and one is different. You need to decide which word is most different in meaning from the other words.

Winning Tip for Verbal Questions

The similarity of the words may be based on many aspects but the most common case is that the words are actually synonyms. The different word, however, doesn’t have to have the opposite meaning. It may represent a higher/lower level of a quality, or have an outstanding characteristic that differentiates it from the rest of the words. In some cases, the odd word may not be related at all to the other words. Usually in these cases, the odd word is spelled or pronounced similarly to another word (homonym), which may be related to the other words.

Try It Yourself – Verbal Sample Question

Which word is most different in meaning to the other words?

  1. materialize
  2. actualize
  3. arise
  4. uprise
  5. visualize

The correct answer is visualize, meaning to picture, often in one’s head. 

All the other words mean to take a bodily form or make happen. Although, all five are active verbs with the suffix “-ize” or “-ise,” only four mean making or creating something with quality X.

Arithmetic Subtest

Question Format/Instructions

This section assesses your skills on various mathematical concepts and computational speed. The questions are short word problems, and you must choose the correct answer among five answers. To succeed, you must sharpen your skills of solving questions that involve the four basic operations: fractions, decimals, percents, and practical unit conversion.

Winning Tip for Arithmetic Questions

Elimination is one of the most important principles in solving multiple-choice problems. You should always remember that in order to find the correct answer you do not necessarily have to solve the problem through and through. If you find sufficient evidence to eliminate all options but one, this last option must be the correct answer, and you can mark it as the correct answer and move on.

Try It Yourself – Arithmetic Sample Question

The mass of a milk pack is 0.625 kg. If a carton contains 12 milk packs, the total mass of a carton is:

  1. 6.5 kg
  2. 7.0 kg
  3. 7.5 kg
  4. 8.0 kg
  5. 8.5 kg

The correct answer is C.


Mass of a milk pack = 0.625 kg

Number of milk packs in a carton = 12

Total mass = 0.625 x 12 = 12 x 625/1000 = (12 x 600 + 12 x 20 + 12 x 5) / 1000 = (7200 + 240 + 60) / 1000 = 7500/1000 = 7.5 kg

Solving Tip: 

This problem can be solved easily by estimating the mass of the milk pack as 0.6 kg. The mass of a carton = 0.6 x 12 = (6 x 12) / 10 = 72 / 10 = 7.2 kg. Because the assumed value was smaller than the actual mass, the actual mass of the carton will be slightly more than 7.2 kg. The reasonable option is “C” as it is the closest answer to 7.2 kg and is higher.

Non-Verbal Subtest

Question Format/Instructions

These questions measure your skills in mental manipulation and relationship recognition. You will be presented with a pair of shapes and a third shape. Your goal is to figure out the relationship between the first pair of shapes and find one shape, within the five answers, that creates the same relationship with the third shape.

Winning Tip for Non-Verbal Questions

Keep in mind that you must always base the analogy on the relationship between the first pair of shapes; never base it on a plausible relationship between the first shape of the first pair of shapes and the third given shape.

Try It Yourself – Non-Verbal Sample Question

Complete the analogy:

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.
  • D.
  • E.

The correct answer is A.

There is only one difference between both of the images in the first pair of images: 

  • All shapes in the first image are rotated at an angle of 180 degrees in the second image.

To create an analogy, all shapes in the third image must be rotated at an angle of 180 degrees in the fourth image. So, the correct option is “A.”

Part 2 – Spelling

Question Format/Instructions

This section tests your ability to spell accurately. It requires you to spell terms that reflect your educational background and communication skills. 

You will be presented with a few spelling variations and you are required to mark the correct spelling. The correct answer is always one of the options.

Winning Tip for Spelling Questions

People tend to believe that spelling is a skill you are either good at or not. However, spelling is definitely a skill you can improve, and, moreover, if your goal is to remember it specifically for the test, and then “let go” and forget. Work hard on remembering the exceptions to the common spelling rules. These words are often used on tests and familiarizing yourself with them will prove to be an advantage on test day.

Try a Spelling Sample Question

Select the word that is spelled correctly.

  1. polution
  2. poluttion
  3. pollution
  4. polluttion

The correct answer is C.

The suffix “-tion,” meaning the state of being X or instance of X-ing, is added to the word pollute—pollution. Notice that the E is dropped.

Part 3 – Reading Comprehension

Question Format/Instructions

This section assesses your ability to read, understand, and interpret written material. To answer the questions, you will extract the information from the passage and grasp the main idea of authors along with observing the main organization of ideas.

Winning Tip for Reading Comprehension Questions

Choose the Best Answer. Read the directions and questions carefully. Remember that you will often have a choice of four or five answers, at least two of which may appear plausible or partially correct. You are, in most instances, required to select the best answer, not merely an answer which is “acceptable.” The purpose behind such a question is to test your judgment, your ability to draw proper inferences, and your appreciation of the finer shades of meaning. The ability to make such distinctions between two or more statements or inferences, all of which may appear to be valid, is the true mark of the discriminating reader.

Try a Reading Comprehension Sample Question

There is meaning behind certain colors. Let’s examine the meaning behind two colors that seem to be used quite a bit – red and black. Red is generally associated with energy, power, strength, and determination. Red is commonly used in many sports uniforms because of all the above-mentioned ideas associated with it. Then there is black, which is associated with power. There are other things black is associated with such as evil, death, and elegance, and in sports, the focus is on its meaning of power. These two colors, red and black, are common in almost every NFL team’s uniform. Sixteen out of the thirty-two teams in the NFL have these colors in their uniform. That is very telling considering the meanings of these two colors.

Black is a common color for sports uniforms because it reflects positively on the __________ of the team.

  1. Elegance
  2. Strength
  3. Power
  4. Evil

The correct answer is C.

The second paragraph focuses on the traits associated with the red and black colors. You should look for the traits associated with black to answer the questions.

Of the four answers, three are associated with black – elegance, power, and evil. However, the paragraph emphasizes that in the context of sports, black is chosen as a uniform color for its association with “power.” “Power” is also associated with red. If you are not a careful reader, it might lead you to eliminate it from being the correct answer.

Tip: As you may assume that colors should reflect on positive, sports-related traits, answers B and C strike as better candidates for the correct answer. If you reach such a conclusion, it might be sufficient to search for those specific words in the text and to try to affirm or contradict them as the correct answer.

Part 4 – Information in the Natural Sciences

Question Format/Instructions

This section covers your understanding of the information in the subjects of the natural sciences such as chemistry, biology, health, and safety. Knowledge of this section is mandatory for success in the healthcare field.

Winning Tip for Science Questions

There are no tricks in these questions. You either know the answer, have an intuition for the correct answer, or you do not. Therefore, the best tip is: Study! Find a good textbook and make sure that you are informed in the required fields of knowledge. If you do not have enough time to study them top to bottom, find a tutorial exactly like the one offered by iPrep that reviews the essentials across the board. 

Try a Science Sample Question

The dominant gas in the atmosphere is:

  1. Carbon dioxide
  2. Oxygen
  3. Nitrogen
  4. Ammonia
  5. Argon

The correct answer is C. Nitrogen

Nitrogen comprises 78% of the atmosphere.

Part 5 – Vocational Adjustment Index

Question Format/Instructions

This section of the PSB HOAE Test is practically a personality profiling test. This section includes statements relating to your self-image and circumstances relating to a future work environment. While this section is not a test, it should still be taken seriously. It is designed to take notice of your feelings, attitudes, and opinions about certain things and will be taken into account when choosing you for a role. Keep in mind that there are no correct or incorrect answers here. Relax, and answer honestly. Mark whether you agree or disagree with the statement and move on to the next one immediately.

At the moment, iPrep’s preparation course does not cover this section of the test.

Winning Tip for Vocational Adjustment Questions

Some statements may seem general, referring to your general personality and habits. Right? Wrong! You must never read and respond to the statements from a general perspective. This questionnaire assesses your psychological suitability to become a health occupation practitioner, and you must take this perspective while answering questions. Believe it or not, it makes a difference while taking this test.

Try a Vocational Adjustment Sample Question

Do you agree with the following statement?

Most employers care little about their employees.

  • Agree
  • Disagree

It is probably better if you choose “Disagree.”

Healthcare jobs may be demanding and stressful, and the routine is not always rewarding—employers may require long hours at work, and patients may be irritated and ungrateful.

This statement may reflect your sense of welfare in your workplace. If you agree with it, it may make you seem intolerant towards demands and stress at work.

On the contrary, if choosing “Agree,” indicates that you are aware of the stress and aware of the fact that employers may have conflicts—although they care about the welfare of their employees, they sometimes have to work them hard or give unrewarding demands in order to maintain the routine at work. Therefore, it’s best to indicate that you will be able to cope with the stress and with inconveniences in a way that will maintain a good atmosphere at work.

PSB HOAE Preparation Strategies

Clear Ample Time for Preparation

Nowadays, many pre-employment and admissions tests are short and provide a general overview of your mental skills. This is not the case with PSB tests. In order to do well on the first four sections of the test, and especially in the arithmetic and science sections, you must obtain a considerable corpus of knowledge and skills. If a few years have passed since you have last dealt with these topics, you will need ample time to regain your knowledge and confidence.

Therefore, start studying at least one month in advance, and preferably even 2-3 months before test day. Like at the gym, your brain will process information and internalize new knowledge better and better over continual preparation sessions.

Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses and Make a Study Plan

Even if you start practicing way in advance, it would still be in your favor to quickly identify your strengths and weaknesses. Areas of weakness might undermine your total score, and to avoid that, you should spend more time preparing for them. This might mean reviewing natural science topics you are not familiar with, exceeding your reading pace, or learning how to avoid annoying spelling mistakes.

Make a study plan that incorporates these observations. Spend at least twice as much time on areas of weakness but do not neglect your strong areas—it is important to review them, too, before the test in order to refresh your knowledge and sharpen your skills.

Choose Your Preparation Course Wisely

Your ultimate goal is to choose a preparation course that accurately covers the HOAE test subjects. You should look for a course that goes over all the different parts. Make sure that it’s one in which you can find genuine reviews telling that it was beneficial. Keep in mind the following aspects:

  1. The course should offer PSB-specific test materials. Do not settle for a generic nursing or health occupations test practice materials as the format of the questions might be different. Practicing with the same format is essential for maintaining confidence upon taking the actual test and for test success.
  2. The course should review all the relevant concepts and only those—you surely do not want to miss any topic you’ll be tested on but you also do not want to waste time practicing topics you don’t need to master.
  3. Look for courses that were written by real people, that have real user reviews, and that offer customer support in case you need clarifications. Unfortunately, there is a considerable number of preparation courses for the PSB HOAE test that are merely a collection of practice materials from various sources. These courses are often not up to date. In addition, look for an online course or a book that was recently published by a familiar author.

Find a Relevant and Focused Guide for the Natural Sciences Section

If you think about the entire scope of knowledge you are required to know in the natural sciences section, you will realize that it is vast. If it has been a few years since you studied these materials, you may really lose your confidence. The solution is to find a guide that is broad enough to encompass the entire lot of knowledge required but focused and concise enough so you do not delve into unnecessary details.

Learn How to Optimally Answer Multiple-Choice Problems

All the questions of the HOAE test are multiple-choice. This means that you have a chance of 1 in 3/4/5 to get a question right. If you improve your skills in answering multiple-choice questions, you will directly increase your chances of success. This skill consists of acquiring methods of elimination and educated guesses as well as time-saving techniques in solving numerical problems. You should find a guide that includes these methods. You can be certain that the iPrep tutorials are well aware of this feature and offer solving tips and time-saving methods in answering multiple-choice questions.

Practice Timed Simulations

Reviewing all the required topics is the basis of your learning but a good preparation approach will be to test yourself on the accumulated knowledge. Look for preparation resources that most accurately simulate the actual Health Occupations Aptitude Test, which means taking a practice test that is as long and under the same time constraints as the real test. Undertaking such a PSB test simulation will ensure that you are not surprised on test day by the vast amount of questions and the severe time constraints. The familiarity alone is worth a couple of points on test day. That, coupled with practicing timed simulations, will surely help you improve this skill.

Test Features

PSB HOAE Test Fast Facts (tl;dr)

  • Total of 305 questions.
  • The test is 2 hours and 15 minutes long.
  • Five timed test sections:
    • Academic Aptitude (verbal, arithmetic, non-verbal) – 75 questions in 40 minutes
    • Spelling – 45 questions in 15 minutes
    • Reading comprehension – 35 questions in 35 minutes
    • Information in the Natural Sciences – 60 questions in 25 minutes
    • Vocational Adjustment Index – 90 questions in 15 minutes
  • The test may be taken once per year.
  • Calculators and cell phones are not permitted.
  • You must present a photo ID to take the test.

Here are additional important features you should know about the PSB HOAE Test:

Common Names of the PSB HOAE Test

As the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) is the most common PSB test, people in forums may refer to it as various names. It is highly likely that a reference to any of the following names is relevant to you:

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

PSB Test Vs. HOAE Test

You may wonder if there is a difference between the terms. Well, there is, but probably not for you. The Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) is the publisher of the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE). The HOAE test is the most common PSB test, and if you are scheduled to take a PSB, you are most likely to take the HOAE exam.

PSB publishes three main pre-admission tests. iPrep’s preparation course is tailored to the HOAE format but can prepare you for each of these tests as the topics overlap to a great extent:

  • Aptitude for Practical Nursing Examination (APNE) – very similar to the HOAE test. Includes a section that assesses judgment and comprehension in practical nursing situations instead of the reading comprehension section.
  • Registered Nursing School Aptitude Examination (RNSAE) – includes exactly the same sections as the HOAE but with a different number of questions in each section. 
  • Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (HOAE) – the exam described on this page. 

Closed-Book Exam

The PSB HOAE exam is a closed-book exam, in which you are not allowed to take any notes, books, or other reference material into the examination room, and you have to rely entirely on your knowledge and memory to answer the questions. 

In addition, no calculators, formula-sheets, and any electronic devices are permitted.

Retake Restriction

The PSB HOAE Test retake policy is determined by the college to which you are applying. In almost all cases, you cannot take the test more than once per academic year! In some cases you may only take it twice in a three-year period. Therefore, ample preparation is required. 

On the other hand, there are a few cases with less strict retake-policies, and either way, the highest score you achieve will be considered by the college.

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Technical Facts

1. Analytically Standardized Test

The PSB HOAE test was established on the criterion related to predictive validity and reliability, which has been confirmed with the actual use of tests. It is also standardized by using a reliable sample of applicants for admission to a specific health program. Moreover, institutions also rely on it as the test serves as a dependable aid in successful student selection.

2. Easy Interpretation of Scores

You get individual reports that consist of an easy-to-understand graphic portrayal of your suitability for healthcare education programs. It also provides you with a usable comparison listing of your test results.

3. Psychological Testing is Used

Psychological testing serves as a tool to determine your unique potential for a specific program. It is used in the selection process to assist the institutions placing you where all the assets can be maximized. The positive use of these test results also leads to satisfying education, training, and work experience.

Did you know?

The PSB HOAE Test can only be taken once per academic year!

4. Results and Score

If you opt for a computer-based test, your results will be available immediately, and a copy will be sent to the institution. However, the offline test is scored within 24 hours.

Results Scale and Interpretations

If you want a career in healthcare in the United States or Canada, you will need to pass the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam! Practice with simulated tests well in advance so you can increase your chances of getting into the program you want!

What is Considered a Good/Passing Score?

That depends on the college/program you apply for. There is no passing score. Scores are used for ranking you among the other applicants: The better your score, the higher your ranking is.

To provide some indication, though, the total points possible in the PSB HOAE is 380. The average PSB scores depend on the program you apply for as scores are normalized per profession. For example, the average score for surgical technicians is 240, for radiography is 255, and for dental hygienists is 270.

It is recommended to contact the registrar of your program to understand what your target score is.

Average PSB score is 277 (Dental Hygienists). Source: Melissa Gail Efurd, dissertation

Colleges usually get the test results and applicant reports within 24 hours; however, in most cases you will only be able to know your own score after two weeks.

The test results for the Health Occupations Aptitude Examination are marked in two ways:

  1. Raw Scores
  2. Percentile Points

Each raw score shows the number of questions that you have answered correctly in one section. For example, if the reading comprehension section consists of 35 questions, and you have answered 20, your raw score will be 20.

Later on, the raw scores will be transformed into a percentile. The percentile points decide the rank that you have earned in the examination. For example, in the report below, the same raw score in the arithmetic and non-verbal sections is converted into a very different percentile score.

The scores earned in the Academic Aptitude Test consists of the scores earned on each of the subtests. However, your percentile in this section is done from the separate distribution of raw scores.

Further, there are lines on your profile chart that provide you a graphic record of the percentile you have earned in all five sections and three subsets. For the verbal subset, you will get a rating from “very low” to “superior” in the left margin.

The percentile scores of all test sections are then combined into a final score, which is used for your assessment. 

For example, in the test report below, a student is ranked rather low for the non-verbal section (percentile 54) and very high for reading comprehension (percentile 94). The total score is 299, which is way above average.

PSB HOAE Test Record, Source: Psychological Services Bureau inc.

To assess the performance in this Health Occupations Aptitude Exam, you will have to consider results from all five tests and three subsets. Your results and overall percentile showcase your strengths and weaknesses in each part.

The scores are then compared with those of other applicants, and the eligible ones are selected for the health occupation program. Note: There are many factors that affect your acceptance or rejection of a specific healthcare program. Test scores are just one of them.


What is the PSB HOAE Test?

The PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Examination or PSB HOAE Test is a standardized pre-admissions test required for admission to various nursing schools and healthcare programs in colleges and universities. This exam measures your skills, abilities, knowledge, and attitude.
Getting a high score on the test will help these schools and universities feel confident in your ability to complete the healthcare program which prepares qualified healthcare personnel. 

What to Expect on the PSB HOAE Test?

The PSB Health Occupations Aptitude (PSB HOAE Test) Examination is comprised of a total of 305 questions in five different timed sections, which will take two hours and 15 minutes. This is the breakdown of the sections, the times, and the number of questions:
1. Academic Aptitude – 40 minutes / 75 questions
2. Spelling – 15 minutes / 45 questions
3. Reading Comprehension – 35 minutes / 35 questions
4. Information in the Natural Sciences – 25 minutes / 60 questions
5. Vocational Adjustment Index – 15 minutes / 90 questions

How many questions are on the PSB HOAE test?

A total of 305 questions.

How long is the HOAE test?

The test is 2 hours and 15 minutes long. There are no breaks between sections. You may leave for the restroom, but the administrator will not give you back the time you used for this.

Which healthcare programs require passing the HOAE test?

The PSB Healthcare Occupations Aptitude Examination is a standardized pre-admission test required for application to various nursing schools and healthcare programs in colleges and universities in North America (US and Canada). Programs that may require it include Practical Nursing (PPNSG), Cardiovascular Technology, Dental Hygiene, Pharmacy Technician (PPHTN), Veterinary Technician (PVETT), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Surgical Technicians, Radiography, Histotechnician, Diagnostic Sonography, Clinical Lab programs, and many other programs.

Is the PSB HOAE exam hard?

While each question on its own is not too difficult, the time constraints make the entire test rather difficult. If you lack prior knowledge in the natural sciences section, the test will be extremely difficult for you.

How long does it take to get PSB test results?

As soon as the percentiles of all the test-takers are scored, you will get your result. The college or program to which you have applied will receive your score in about 24 hours, but you may only see your results after two weeks.

How is the PSB scored?

The PSB is scored based on two factors: your raw score and your percentile in comparison to the others who took the same test.

How many times can you take the PSB test?

The test can only be taken once per year—in some cases, only twice within a three-year period. Notwithstanding, some colleges have less severe restrictions.

What is the PSB exam?

The PSB exam is a pre-admissions test that, if you score well, can help you get into a nursing school, a registered nursing program, or another health occupation program. The main topics of the exams may include judgment and comprehension in practical nursing situations, reading comprehension, academic aptitude, spelling, information in the natural sciences, and/or a vocational adjustment index.

Can you use a calculator on the PSB/HOAE test?

No, calculators and any electronic devices are not allowed.

Should I prepare for the HOAE test?

You may think that, since the questions on the HOAE are at a level you are comfortable with and have passed similar exams in the past, you must take this test’s time limit into account. There may also be several types of questions you have never seen before or have not seen in many years. This is why it is absolutely essential to start studying and getting familiar with the test in advance. Doing so will help you feel confident on test day, knowing that you have practiced your HOAE test-taking skills and are ready to ace the test!

PSB HOAE Test Tips

1. Read through the instructions

Read each question and possible answers quickly, yet thoroughly. Scan the information for relevant data and apply it to reach the right answer.

2. Manage your time

Don’t spend too much time on any one particular question. Remember that you have only a limited amount of time to complete the test.

3. Know your strengths

If you encounter a tough question that you can’t immediately answer, guess the answer and move on to the next—you won’t lose points for wrong answers.

4. Try to correctly answer as many questions as you can

Don’t worry about not getting all the answers right. However, you should at least get a score above the average or within the score range required for admission.

5. Plan your PSB Health Occupations Aptitude (PSB HOAE Test) Examination Strategy

Plan and start practicing! Practicing sample tests and training your brain to solve similar questions will improve your results on the actual test. During the test, if you have some time left, go back to questions that you may have skipped earlier.


Test Location: Usually, at the educational institute you applied to. *During Covid-19 pandemic—online via the proctored Pearson Vue platform.

Test Schedule: Each institution publishes its own testing schedule, depending on the program you apply for. All PSB tests are taken by appointment and not on demand.

Test Format: Multiple-choice on computer or offline.

Test Materials: Test taken on computer. Calculators are not allowed, and smart devices will be stored for the duration of the test. Bring two sharpened pencils if the test is taken offline.

Cost: PSB Testing fee varies between institutions but mostly varies between $25-$60. You may reschedule for a cost.

Retake Policy: In most cases, PSB test can only be taken once per academic year, and no more than twice in three years. Some schools have less severe restrictions.

Test Provider

Since 1959, PSB (Psychological Services Bureau) has been creating standardized exams. Each exam comprises five separate tests that check your skills, abilities, and attitude which are important for success in the chosen program.

However, the PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Exam is specifically written for the applicants who want to be admitted to various healthcare programs. All exam materials are carefully tested and are effective. Moreover, the test has proven reliability, which has been demonstrated through the actual use of tests.

The HOAE PSB tests provide healthcare programs with detailed and unbiased information about you. They also offer flexible testing choices for both groups and individuals, although the test does come with a time limit.

Disclaimer – All the information and prep materials on iPrep are genuine and were created for tutoring purposes. iPrep is not affiliated with the Psychological Services Bureau, or any other company mentioned.

Get to know what the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam will be like by practicing with these sample questions:

Question 1 of 9

Complete the analogy:

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.
  • D.
  • E.

The correct answer is D.

The first pair of images consist of three shapes each, one inside the other. There are two differences in the first pair of images:

  • The first difference is that the innermost shape that is shaded in the first image becomes unshaded.
  • The second difference is that the middle unshaded shape in the first image becomes shaded.

To create an analogy, based on the third image, the innermost shaded shape will become unshaded and the central shape will be shaded in the fourth image. So, the correct option is ‘D’.

Question 2 of 9

The average weight of 30 students is 36 kg. The average weight including the teacher is 37 kg. The teacher’s weight is:

  1. 51 kg
  2. 55 kg
  3. 59 kg
  4. 63 kg
  5. 67 kg

The correct answer is E.


Formula: Average = sum of quantities / number of quantities

Average weight of 30 students = 36 kg

Average weight including the teacher = 37 kg

So the teacher had to contribute 36 kg like the rest of them + 1 kg for every person involved (30 students + teacher = 31), so 36 + 31 = 67 kg

Question 3 of 9

Simplify and write the answer in exponential form. (113 / 1110) x 113 x 117

  1. 111
  2. 113
  3. 114
  4. 115
  5. 117

The correct answer is B.


This problem has to be completed in steps:

Step 1 = (113 / 1110) x 113 x 117
Step 2 = (113-10) x 113 x 117Exponents are subtracted if the numbers are divided
Step 3 = 11-7 x 113 x 117
Step 4 = 11-7-3+7Exponents are added if the numbers are multiplied
Step 5 = 113
Question 4 of 9

Which word is most different in meaning than the other words?

  1. recurrent
  2. ceaseless
  3. chronic
  4. persistent
  5. continual

The correct answer is recurrent, meaning happening multiple times or repeatedly.

All the other words mean occurring or done on many occasions or in quick succession without stopping.

Question 5 of 9

Select the word that is spelled correctly.

  • commited
  • comitted
  • comited
  • committed

The correct answer is committed.

A second “t” is added to the verb “commit” to prevent a hard “i” sound before the suffix “-ed”.

Question 6 of 9

Select the word that is spelled correctly.

  1. fallashous
  2. fallacous
  3. fallacious
  4. fallashious

The correct answer is fallacious.

The suffix here is “ious”, meaning relating to. In this case fallacy.

Question 7 of 9

Glands are small organs located throughout the body that secrete substances called ______.

  1. Enzymes
  2. Mucus
  3. Saliva
  4. Hormones
  5. Blood

The correct answer is D. Hormones

Glands are small organs located throughout your body that secrete substances called hormones.

Question 8 of 9

Which part of the cell life cycle is not part of interphase?

  1. G2 phase
  2. G1 phase
  3. S phase
  4. Mitosis phase
  5. G0 phase

The correct answer is D. Mitosis phase

Interphase or resting phase have G1, G0, S phase and G2 phase. Mitosis starts after interphase.

Question 9 of 9

Elements in group I of the periodic table is known as:

  1. Alkali metals
  2. Halogens
  3. Alkaline earth metals
  4. Noble gases
  5. Transition elements

The correct answer is A: Alkali metals
Group I elements are known as alkali metals, they form ionic compounds and when they react with water they form hydroxide.

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About the course

Welcome to iPrep’s Health Occupation Aptitude Examination (PSB HOAE Test) course.

This course will help you boost your skills and with it your confidence towards your upcoming Health Occupation Aptitude Examination. This is a test that you need to pass in order to be accepted to a variety of health-related academic programs.

* Note: this course DOES NOT include practice for the Vocational Adjustment Index section!

The course will provide you with the following tools and benefits:

  • You will become familiar with the test’s various types of questions.
  • You will be given full-length HOAE-style simulation tests. The simulations are divided into five sections -Academic Aptitude (Verbal, Arithmetic, and Non-verbal), Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Information in the Natural Sciences (biology, chemistry, health, safety, etc.). Each section includes similar questions to those you will encounter in the real test with the same level of difficulty. They also have the same time limit as the real test. Experiencing the test’s time pressure will ensure it will not come as a surprise on test day.
  • You will be provided with a great variety of helpful tips for the different types of questions. Some of the tips are in the introductory sections while most are in the detailed explanations that follow each question.


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By the end of this course, you will be more knowledgeable and comfortable with the HOAE test – Knowledge and familiarity with the test are the two most significant factors that can help you maximize your score and improve your chances of success.

The course is comprised of both practice and learning sessions. We will guide you through learning lessons with essential information about your upcoming test. These lessons will help you understand the underlying techniques that are essential for succeeding.

The course is then concluded by its core component – simulating full-length tests that accurately follow the structure and concepts of the HOAE Test. Once done, you will be able to get full question explanations and even see how well you performed in comparison with other people who have taken the test.

Wishing you an enjoyable learning experience!

Skills you will learn

Academic Aptitude


Reading Comprehension

Natural Science


  1. Course Introduction
  2. Question Types Introduction
  3. Academic Aptitude – Arithmetic
  4. Academic Aptitude – Verbal
  5. Academic Aptitude – Non-Verbal
  6. Spelling
  7. Reading Comprehension
  8. Natural Science
  9. Full-Length PSB HOAE Test Simulations
  10. Course Conclusion

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