Health Occupations Aptitude Examination

About HOAE

All students interested in acceptance into the dental hygiene program or the radiologic technology program at CCD must take this entrance exam as part of the application process.

Format of the Health Occupations Aptitude Exams

This is a computer-based, timed test consisting of five sections. All five parts must be completed in one sitting in order to receive scores and be considered for admission. Calculators are not allowed during the test. Scratch paper and writing utensils will be provided.

How to Schedule

The Health Occupations Aptitude Examinations are only administered during the month of January. This is an appointment-based exam.

You must schedule a HOAE appointment a minimum of 24 hours in advance. No exceptions will be made. If you do not have a testing appointment, you will not be able to take your exam.


  • Academic Aptitude: 75 questions, 40 minutes
  • Spelling: 45 questions, 15 minutes
  • Reading Comprehension: 35 questions, 35 minutes
  • Information in the Natural Sciences: 60 questions, 25 minutes
  • Vocational Adjustment Index: 90 questions, 15 minutes
  • TOTAL = Approximately 2:30 minutes

ID Requirement

All testers must provide a valid government-issued photo ID.


There is a fee of $60 per attempt and this fee will be paid during check-in at the Testing Center.


Results are available immediately after completion of the exam. Scores will also be forwarded to the CCD dental hygiene program or the radiologic technology program.

Retest Information

Students may retake the test once (a total of two times) within a one-year period. Retakes will be administered no sooner than 24 hours following the first attempt.

Parking Instructions: 

Parking will be validated if you park in the 7th street parking garage during the week, Monday -Thursdays (6:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.) or Fridays (6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.). The 7th Street Garage is located at Lawrence Way and 7th Street: $7.00 daily flat rate. 7th Street Garage Map