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If you’re thinking of attending college to prepare for a career in the allied health fields such as nursing, radiology, dental hygiene, etc., you may be required to take the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET). Not all schools require this test, but a great many do.

And while there is no definite line between passing and failing the HOBET, many schools are going to require a composite score in the 50th percentile range. Some schools have a lower minimum; others have much higher minimums. You’ll want to check with your prospective school on what their policy is. One important factor to consider when taking the HOBET test is that, while you are allowed to retake it if you don’t do well, there is a six month waiting period required before you’re allowed to retake it. So you want to make sure you’re ready the first time you attempt it. It lasts approximately two hours and forty five minutes, and is often taken on a computer.

You’ll be tested in seven different areas on the HOBET-Essential Math, Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Test Taking Skills, Social Interactions, Stressful Situations, and Learning Styles. There is no essay portion. If you’re thinking of taking it, check with the college you’re considering about times and dates. The HOBET test isn’t given as frequently as some other collegiate tests which are more widely used, and you’ll want to register as early as possible to make sure you get a seat. And again, because you must wait six months to retake it if you don’t do well, it’s imperative that you’re extremely well prepared when you sit down to take the HOBET.

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Last Updated: January 22, 2020