Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET)


The Basic Entrance Tests for Health Occupations is administered by ATI, the same company that administers the TEAS and is geared specifically for selecting the candidates that have the most potential for success in a variety of health care occupations.

ATI bought the company that was administering this test so the format is very similar to that of the TEAS. The HOBET, like the TEAS, tests nursing candidates on their basic skills and general knowledge in seven different areas: Essential math, reading comprehension, critical thinking, test taking skills, social interactions, stressful situations and learning styles. The math section will include algebra, fractions, percentages, statistics and other math functions. Reading comprehension questions are at a tenth-grade level. Anyone who works in the healthcare industry will tell you there is a high amount of stress. In addition to determining the test taker’s learning style, the HOBET identifies if the candidate can deal with significant stress and manage it in a positive manner.

The test is taken on computer and the number of times it can be taken is different from school to school. Since they are looking for the candidates with the most potential, some schools will limit the chances to two. The theory behind that is if you weren’t able to pass it after the second time, you are most likely not a good candidate for the program. Fees vary from school to school as well.

The test is mostly multiple choice questions. It takes between 2 and 3 hours to finish. Although it is not a psychological test, it does have psychological elements that are important to the career of a health professional. Candidates abilities are profiled in three categories: Frustration level, Instructor Level and Independent Level. Prospective health care professionals should score at least at the Instructor Level. Anything less (ie: The Frustration Level), indicates lack of sophistication and preparation to take on the challenge that goes along with the training and performance of the profession.

Written by

Kelli Wilson RN, BSN

Kelli has over 16 years experience as an RN. During that time she has had hands on clinical as well as management experience.