Take the Guesswork out of Passing Your HOAE Exam!

Jennifer and Amy are aspiring nursing school students. They’ve met all the entrance requirements. They have great recommendations. All that stands between them and nursing school is success on the HOAE Exam.

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Jennifer and Amy are aspiring nursing school students. They’ve met all the entrance requirements. They have great recommendations. All that stands between them and nursing school is success on the HOAE Exam.

Jennifer had always been a good student. She did okay on tests like the SAT and figured the HOAE would be like that. Besides, she heard that you couldn’t really prepare for the HOAE exam. She fit in some studying (in between her favorite TV shows). But as the test date approached, she got a nagging feeling that she should be doing more. When she got her scores, Jennifer had been proficient in some areas, but scored very low in English which had always been one of her strongest subjects. She was also surprised at how unprepared she was for the Science section.

Amy, on the other hand, knew she had never been a great test taker. In fact, she had always found them stressful. She had to work very hard to get the grades she got. She knew that “seeing” what the test looked like would boost her confidence. Armed with practice tests and a focused study guide, Amy quickly realized she knew more than she thought and was able to focus on the areas where she needed help. When she took the test, she scored proficient or higher in every area and confidently took the next step towards realizing her dream of becoming a nurse.

Why did Amy succeed when Jennifer struggled, and how can you ensure that you have that same success?

With the Right Preparation, You can Pass the HOAE First Try!

The HOAE (Health Occupation Aptitude Exam) is not a test of general knowledge. That’s the common trap that the “Jennifer’s” fall into. They think that it’s simply about what they know. As a result, they rely on what they’ve already learned.

And that’s why many students, even ones who make the Honor roll, frequently do not achieve the scores they need the first time they take the HOAE exam. And some, unfortunately, never do.


The HOAE is specifically designed to identify students who are likely to succeed in nursing school. It tests your ability to apply the critical thinking skills that nurses need to use every day. You need to know how to apply what you’ve learned to the questions being asked. That requires a different way of studying. One that’s tailored to material you’ll find on the actual test.

In our fictional example, Jennifer may still reach her goal, but she will have spent more time than she needed to. On the other hand Amy, by realizing her strengths and weaknesses, was applying critical thinking to her test preparation. As a result, she met her goal the first time.


At Complete Test Preparation, Inc., we specialize in creating study aids that are painstakingly designed to the specific test you are preparing for. Members of our team combine years of teaching experience, with experienced writers and editors, all with advanced degrees (Masters or higher)

As a result, we can offer several important benefits as you prepare to take the HOAE.

Study Smarter, Not Harder!

Like any test, your degree of success on the HOAE depends largely on knowing how to study for it. Now, I’m not talking about burning the candle at both ends. In fact, our goal is to have you studying less not more. Nor are we asking you to spend hundreds of dollars on study guides. Our material is available for a less than the cost of a good pair of running shoes … more on that in a moment.

Practice Makes Perfect

Amy understood the same thing that many successful HOAE takers understand. The more questions you see, the more likely you are to pass the test. And between our study guide and practice tests, you’ll have over 500 practice questions that cover every category. You can fine-tune your knowledge in areas where you feel comfortable and be more efficient in improving your problem areas.

Our test has been developed by our dedicated team of experts. All the material in the study guide, including every practice question, is designed to engage the critical thinking skills that are needed to pass the HOAE Exam. They will not be the exact same questions you’ll find on the exam, but they are similar.

And like the HOAE exam, the practice tests are weighted differently so you will be exposed to questions in all areas.

Yes, I Want To Do Everything I Can To Pass My HOAE Test On The First Try! How Do I Get Started?

Simply click on the link provided to take your first step towards your dream of becoming a nurse.

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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.
Written by: A


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.
Written by: P. G.


Very helpful!
Great reference book!! I recommend it!! It helped me with the test tremendously!

Written by: Anon

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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