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.

Providing these resources doesn’t imply endorsement by ECC.

The PSB-HOA exam consists of 5 parts:

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

Exam Registration & Fees


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

Registration

  • Consult the test dates below and choose your preferred day and time.
  • You must have an ECC student ID number and a valid email address on file before starting the registration process.
  • You must register for the PSB-HOA test in person:

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.

Fees

  • The PSB-HOA exam fee is $20. Pay with a personal check, certified check, money order, or credit card.
  • There are no refunds if you cancel your registration for the PSB-HOA or fail to arrive for the exam.

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 25 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 12 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.

PSB Testing Dates


Dates, time and rooms are subject to change.

2019 Chart
 DayTimeCourse CodeLocation
July 16 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-206 Building B, Room B115
July 25 Thursday 11 a.m. CPC 580-207 Building B, Room B115
July 30 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-208 Building B, Room B115
August 1 Thursday 11 a.m. CPC 580-209 Building B, Room B115
August 6 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-210 Building B, Room B115
August 9 Friday 11 a.m. CPC 580-211 Building B, Room B115
August 13 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-212 Building B, Room B115
August 20 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-301 Building B, Room B115
August 27 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-302 Building B, Room B115
October 8 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-303 Building B, Room B115
October 22 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-304 Building B, Room B115
November 5 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-305 Building B, Room B115
November 15 Friday 1 p.m. CPC 580-306 Building B, Room B115
November 19 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-307 Building B, Room B115
November 22 Friday 11 a.m. CPC 580-308 Building B, Room B115
December 13 Friday 11 a.m. CPC 580-309 Building B, Room B115
December 17 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-310 Building B, Room B115
December 20 Friday 11 a.m. CPC 580-311 Building B, Room B115
2020 Chart
 DayTimeCourse CodeLocation
January 3 Friday 11 a.m. CPC 580-101 Building B, Room B115
January 7 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-102 Building B, Room B115
January 10 Friday 11 a.m. CPC 580-103 Building B, Room B115
January 14 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-104 Building B, Room B115
January 24 Friday 11 a.m. CPC 580-105 Building B, Room B115
February 11 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-106 Building B, Room B115
February 3 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-107 Building B, Room B115
March 3 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-108 Building B, Room B115
March 10 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-109 Building B, Room B115
April 7 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-110 Building B, Room B115
April 14 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-111 Building B, Room B115
April 21 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-112 Building B, Room B115
April 28 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-113 Building B, Room B115
May 19 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-114 Building B, Room B115
May 28 Thusday 11 a.m. CPC 580-115 Building B, Room B115
June 2 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-201 Building B, Room B115
June 11 Thusday 11 a.m. CPC 580-202 Building B, Room B115
June 16 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-203 Building B, Room B115
June 23 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-204 Building B, Room B115
July 9 Thusday 11 a.m. CPC 580-205 Building B, Room B115
July 14 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-206 Building B, Room B115
July 23 Thusday 11 a.m. CPC 580-207 Building B, Room B115
July 28 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-208 Building B, Room B115
August 4 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-209 Building B, Room B115
August 6 Thusday 11 a.m. CPC 580-210 Building B, Room B115
August 11 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-211 Building B, Room B115
August 13 Thusday 11 a.m. CPC 580-212 Building B, Room B115
August 18 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-301 Building B, Room B115
August 25 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-302 Building B, Room B115
October 6 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-303 Building B, Room B115
October 20 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-304 Building B, Room B115
November 3 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-305 Building B, Room B115
November 13 Friday 11 a.m. CPC 580-306 Building B, Room B115
November 17 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-307 Building B, Room B115
November 20 Friday 11 a.m. CPC 580-308 Building B, Room B115
December 11 Friday 11 a.m. CPC 580-309 Building B, Room B115
December 15 Tuesday 5 p.m. CPC 580-310 Building B, Room B115
December 18 Friday 11 a.m. CPC 580-311 Building B, Room B115