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The PSB/HOAE Health Occupations Aptitude Exam 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 – 30 verbal questions
- Math – 30 questions
- Analytical Reasoning – 30 questions
- Spelling – 60 questions
- Reading Comprehension – 50 questions
- Natural science – 90 questions
- Vocational Adjustment – 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.
What is on the PSB 8
How this study guide is organized 9
The PSB® Study Plan 9
Making a Study Schedule 11
Answer Key 18
How to Improve your Vocabulary 19
Answer Key 28
Answer Key 35
Answer Key 47
Help with Reading Comprehension 51
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
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
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