PSB Admission Testing Instructions

All students applying to a Health Professions program at Elgin Community College are required to take the PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (PSB-HOA or HOAE). This test assesses you for the capabilities needed for success in a health care field.

Exam preparation


You will be allowed two attempts at this test. Therefore it, is important to prepare carefully.

The PSB-HOA exam consists of 5 parts:

  • Academic Aptitude – verbal (25), arithmetic (25), and nonverbal (25) sections (40 minutes for 75 questions)
  • Spelling (15 minutes for 45 questions)
  • Reading Comprehension (35 minutes for 35 questions)
  • Natural Sciences (25 minutes for 60 questions)
  • Vocational Aptitude (15 minutes for 90 questions)

Exam fees and registration


Testing space is limited, and it is highly recommended that you reserve your test date before the application deadlines.

  • Consult the test dates and choose your preferred test date.
  • You must have an ECC student ID number and a valid e-mail address on file. For help with AccessECC, visit First Stop, (Building A, Room A100) or call 847-214-7570 or 847-214-7296.
  • The PSB-HOA exam fee is $20. You must register for the PSB-HOA test in person at Student Accounts (Building B, Room B151, 847-214-7380) with a personal check, certified check, money order, or credit card.
  • Next, bring the receipt to Registration (Building B, Room B105, 847-214-7393) to register for the PSB Test.
  • There are no refunds if you cancel your registration for the PSB-HOA or fail to arrive for the exam.
  • Only students on the roster for the scheduled test date will be allowed to test. Students who have not paid or registered for the exam ahead of time will not be allowed to test.

On your exam day


If you do not show up on your scheduled test date, you will be considered a no-show. The testing fee will not be refunded, and this will count as one of your test attempts.

  • The sign in process for the PSB-HOA exam starts approximately 30 minutes before the stated test time.
  • You must bring a valid photo ID and your receipt of payment.
  • No learning aids or assistance may be used during the test.
  • This is a 2.5 hour exam; breaks may be taken between test sections if needed.
  • Please do not bring any children.

Your exam results


You will be given your results shortly after completing the exam. The results will also be made available to the appropriate Health Professions program director.

  • If you would like to improve your scores on one or more sections of the PSB-HOA exam, you may take the test a second time. You must wait a minimum of 30 days between testing attempts.
  • The fee for the second test is $20 regardless of whether re-taking the entire test or just one section.

PSB-HOA scores are valid for a period of two years, after which time you may re-test again. It is suggested that you complete all program prerequisite courses before taking the PSB-HOA exam.

How exam results are used


To be considered for admission to Clinical Lab Technology, Histotechnology, Massage Therapy, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiography, Surgical Technology, you must score in the 25th percentile or better in each section of the PSB-HOA exam. Admission to these Health Professions programs is competitive. 

To be considered for admission to Phlebotomy, Basic Nurse Assistant, or Dental Assisting, students must score in the 12th percentile or better in each section of the PSB-HOA exam. Admission to these Health Professions programs is first-come, first-served.

For general questions about a Health Professions program, please contact the Health Professions Office at 847-214-7350.

2019 PSB Testing Dates


DayRoomDateNon-credit course code
Friday B115 January 4 @ 11 a.m. CPC 580-101
Tuesday B115 January 8 @  5 p.m. CPC 580-102
Friday B115 January 11 @ 11 a.m. CPC 580-103
Monday B115 January 14 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-104
Friday B115 January 25 @ 11 a.m. CPC-580-105
Tuesday B115 February 5 @ 5 p.m. CPC-580-106
Tuesday B115 February 12 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-107
Tuesday B115 March 5 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-108
Tuesday B115 April 2 @  5 p.m. CPC 580-109
Tuesday B115 April 9 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-110
Tuesday B115 April 16 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-111
Tuesday B115 April 23 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-112
Tuesday B115 May 21 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-113
Thursday B115 May 30 @ 11a.m. CPC 580-114
Tuesday B115 June 4 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-201
Thursday B115 June 13 @ 11 a.m. CPC 580-202
Tuesday B115 June 18 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-203
Tuesday B115 June 25 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-204
Thursday B115 July 11 @ 11 a.m. CPC 580-205
Tuesday B115 July 16 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-206
Thursday B115 July 25 @ 11 a.m. CPC 580-207
Tuesday B115 July 30 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-208
Thursday B115 August 1 @ 11 a.m. CPC 580-209
Tuesday B115 August 6 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-210
Friday B115 August 9 @ 11 a.m. CPC 580-211
Tuesday B115 August 13 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-212
Tuesday B115 August 20 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-301
Tuesday B115 August 27 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-302
Tuesday B115 October 8 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-303
Tuesday B115 October 22 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-304
Tuesday B115 November 5 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-305
Friday B115 November 15 @ 11 1 p.m. CPC 580-306
Tuesday B115 November 19 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-307
Friday B115 November 22 @ 11 a.m. CPC 580-308
Friday B115 December 13 @ 11 a.m. CPC 580-309
Tuesday B115 December 17 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-310
Friday B115 December 20 @ 11 a.m. CPC 580-311

2020 PSB Testing Dates


DayRoomDateNon-credit course code
Friday B115 1/3/2020 @ 11 a.m. CPC 580-101
Tuesday B115 1/7/2020 @ 5 p.m. CPC 580-102
Friday B115 1/10/2020 @ 11 a.m. CPC 580-103

Dates, time and rooms are subject to change.