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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

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  • Hundreds of Practice Questions
  • Answer Key with Step-by-Step Answer Key
  • Easy to follow Tutorials
  • Multiple Choice Tips and Strategies from Exam Experts
  • Self-Assessments to Identify your Strength and Weaknesses
  • How to make a Study Plan and Study Schedule
  • Practice Test Questions for Paragraph Comprehension, Basic Math, Algebra, Metric Conversion, Word Problems, Life Science (Biology, Ecology), Earth and Physical Science, Chemistry, Spelling and Vocabulary.
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Getting Started
What is on the PSB 8
How this study guide is organized 9
The PSB® Study Plan 9
Making a Study Schedule 11

Self-Assessment 17
Answer Key 18
How to Improve your Vocabulary 19

Self-Assessment 25
Answer Key 28

Self-Assessment 32
Answer Key 35

Reading Comprehension
Answer Key 47
Help with Reading Comprehension 51

Self-Assessment 58
Answer Key 65
Metric Conversion – A Quick Tutorial 69
Fraction Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 70
Decimal Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 74
Percent Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 74
Math Multiple Choice Strategy 77
How to Solve Word Problems 80
Types of Word Problems 82

Natural Science
Self Assessment 90
Answer Key 100
Scientific Method 104
Cell Biology 106
Chromosomes, genes, proteins, RNA and DNA 110
Mitosis and Meiosis 112
Phenotypes and Genotypes 114
Heredity: Genes and Mutation 116
Heredity: Mendelian Inheritance 117
Classification 120
Chemistry 122
Basic Concepts in Chemistry 123
Basic Physics 135
Energy: Work and Power 139
Defining Force and Newton’s Three Laws 141
Force: Friction 143
Fundamental Forces: Electromagnetism 144
Fundamental Forces: Gravity 146
Fundamental Forces: Strong and Weak Nuclear Forces 148
Quantum Mechanics 150
States of Matter 153

Practice Test 1
Answer Key 215
Analyzing your Practice Test Results 237

Practice Test 2
Answer Key 295
Analyzing your Practice Test Results 294


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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:
Rating: 5 / 5
Very Helpful! Great reference book!! I recommend it!! It helped me with the test tremendously! By: Item Reviewed: Pass the PSB Published by:
Rating: 5 / 5
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Date Published: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Date Modified: Friday, October 23rd, 2020


  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?

    • Brian
      November 15, 2017

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

  2. Frederick Potts
    November 1, 2018

    Thanks! Very helpful

  3. Abbey
    February 5, 2019

    Can I use a calculator in the exam?

    • Brian Stocker
      February 5, 2019

      No calculators allowed – see the PSB FAQ

  4. iris
    March 31, 2020

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

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