The Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) is a computer based pre-admission test for all applicants to the Respiratory Therapy program (RST4) at Fanshawe College. Applicants to the Respiratory Therapy Program must complete the HOAE as part of the application process.

Your score on the HOAE will be combined with your academic accomplishments to determine an overall score that is used for admissions.

You can only write the HOAE exam once per application cycle. If you have written the exam for a program which has a 2019 intake, you are responsible for notifying the Admissions Team at that you wish to use the 2019 test results.

Important deadline - September 2020 intake:

Applications for the September 2020 intake of the Respiratory Therapy Program must be completed on or before February 1, 2020 through We strongly encourage you to write the HOAE exam before this date also.

Tests by appointment only; contact Lorrie Rutter-Aulis at or 519-452-4430 x4947.

An overview of the HOAE:

The HOAE consists of five sections:

  1. Academic Aptitude
  2. Spelling
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Information in the Natural Sciences
  5. Vocational Adjustment Index

For sample questions from the HOAE test, click here.

Booking the HOAE:

Contact the Fanshawe College Test Centre to arrange a time to write the HOAE.

Test Centre Office Hours (F2011, London Campus)

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
519-452-4430 x4947

The cost to write the HOAE is $60.00 for Fanshawe applicants, other charges may apply to applicants of other institutions.

For students not writing on campus, arrangements to pay the test fee from a distance can be made.

To schedule a test please call 519-452-4430 ext. 4947 or e-mail us at

Upcoming sessional testing dates

You must reserve a seat at the sessional testing sessions.

Date Start Time Location
Friday, January 3, 2020 1:00 p.m. F2006, London Campus
Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:00 a.m.
12:45 p.m.
D2016, London Campus
Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:45 p.m. D2016, London Campus
Saturday, February 1, 2020 9:00 a.m. F2006, London Campus

Students who cannot make a sessional date or time work with their schedule may make an appointment to test between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (start by 1 p.m.). Applicants are strongly encouraged to test as early as possible between January 6 and 30, 2020.

More information:

Frequently asked questions about the HOAE.