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What is the HOBET?

The HOBET will measure the abilities of students to undertake the demanding programs of health occupations. The test sections do not deal with specific knowledge in a particular subject, but they test students over a wide range of content areas. These content areas and skills include the knowledge of basic math, science, grammar, skills of critical thinking, and reading comprehension skills. These skills and achievement abilities are primary to health care occupations. HOBET can be called a diagnostic test since many components of the test help to understand the aptitude of the test taker.

The test is designed to measure academic processing skills and compare them against a national average. The test is a multiple choice assessment that is timed and takes approximately 3 hours and 29 minutes to complete.

Who Takes the HOBET?

The HOBET is a required component of the application for admission to the follow programs: 

Massage Therapy
Pharmacy Technician

When and Where is the HOBET Offered at RSCC?

The HOBET is offered by appointment on the Harriman, Oak Ridge, and Knox County campuses. Please see the following schedule for specific dates and times at the various locations:



Roane County (Harriman) Campus - Room T-203



Oak Ridge Branch Campus - Room F-103

DATE     TIME    
TBA                                                               TBA
Friday, August 8, 2014  10:00 AM

Knox County Campus

DATE    TIME    
TBA                                                                TBA      

How Do I Make an Appointment to Take the HOBET?

To make an appointment, choose a date and time from the above schedule and click the following link:

Please note:  Your Roane State Identification Number (R#) is required! If you do not know your R#, log on to Raidernet and retrieve that information before trying to register for a test. If you have any problems, please contact the Oak Ridge Testing Center at (865) 481-2000 ext. 2251 or by email at

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What is the Fee for the HOBET?

The fee for the HOBET exam is $40.00. You may go by the Business Office at the Harriman, Oak Ridge, or Knox Campus to pay your test fee. Please remember to KEEP YOUR RECEIPT - you are required to bring it on the day of your exam.

The testing fee is non-refundable. Failure to cancel or reschedule at least 48 hours in advance will require a new testing fee. Cancellations prior to 48 hours will be allowed to retest within one academic calendar year at no charge. Please remember to retain your payment receipt if you intend on testing at a later date.

What Do I Need to Bring on the Day of My Test?

You will need to bring a government issued photo ID (Driver's License, State ID Card, Passport, or Military ID), receipt of test fee payment, AND your Roane State ID number (R#). These ARE REQUIREMENTS for your testing appointment. Failure to provide any of this information may result in cancellation of your reservation.

USE OF CALCULATORS ARE NOT PERMITTED FOR THE HOBET. Any necessary testing materials will be provided (scratch paper & pencils) by the Testing Center. Dictionaries, personal calculators, electronic devices, instructional materials, or notes are NOT allowed during testing.

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL CELL PHONES ARE TO BE TURNED OFF PRIOR TO ENTERING THE TESTING CENTER. If a cell phone rings or a student is found using a cell phone for ANY purpose, they will be asked to leave and their scores WILL BE invalidated. A 30-day mandatory wait period for retesting will be effective in this circumstance.

What Kind of Questions Are On the HOBET?

The computer based HOBET consists of 170 multiple choice questions divided among the following four categories:

  • READING:  This section evaluates your abilities in paragraph and passage comprehension, as well as informational source comprehension.
  • MATHEMATICS:  This section tests your knowledge of concepts in number and operations, algebraic applications, data interpretation, and measurement. (CALCULATORS ARE PROHIBITED)
  • SCIENCE:  This section tests your knowledge of concepts related to life science, earth and physical science, human body science, and scientific reasoning.
  • ENGLISH and LANGUAGE USAGE:  This section evaluates your aptitude of the English language. Specifically, spelling, punctuation, grammar, word meanings, and structure.

How Can I Prepare for the HOBET?

-Study Guides and Practice Tests are available for purchase online at (search "HOBET")

-Additional preparation resources include:

SAT Reading Comprehension and Science Preparation Guides
GED Reading Comprehension, Science and Math Preparation Guides
Developing Reading Efficiency by Lyle Miller, ISBN 0808739581
ATI Testing Website:

When Will I Get My HOBET Scores?

Test results will appear on the computer screen immediately after the exam. RSCC Testing Centers will NOT print test results. You may access your results anytime through your ATI account which you will create at the time you take the exam. Keep a record of your ATI account username and password so that you may refer to the account if the scores are needed at a later time. If you are applying to a RSCC Allied Health Science program(s) you do not need to submit a copy of your scores to anyone. The scores will automatically be sent to the Allied Health Sciences and Nursing Admissions Office to be reviewed with your application.

Are Re-Takes Allowed for the HOBET?

RSCC allows students to re-take the exam after a minimum 30 day wait period.* Each time an exam is taken the examinee is required to pay the full fee.

*Scores from RSCC or any other institution must adhere to the above re-test procedures to be considered valid for RSCC admissions requirements and prerequisites.

For questions regarding the HOBET Exam and its involvement with particular Allied Health programs, please contact the Director of the Program you are interested in. 

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