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Sample Cosmetology Practice Test Questions

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Cosmetology Practice TestTrust us, we understand that it’s hard to stay focused when the end of summer is right around the corner and you want to enjoy every last second of it. On the down side, this means it’s impacting your studying for your state cosmetology exam. If you’re in a rut to study here are some quick tips and a cosmetology practice test to help kick start your brain into study mode.

Understanding Your State Cosmetology Exam

As we say time and time again, it’s imperative to understand the content outline of your state exam. This will help you understand how many cosmetology test questions are in each area and how you should allocate your time accordingly. Many state cosmetology exams contain around 40 questions on hair services and care, 30 questions on scientific concepts, 15 on skin care and services, and 15 on nail care and services. Check with your state cosmetology board to verify this information.

This means that even if your goal is to become a nail technician, there will be more cosmetology questions on hair and skin care than nail care. Chances are you haven’t allocated enough time studying those materials and procedures so you’ll need a cosmetology study guide that will help you study for all three (like Salon Prep).

If you are enrolled in Salon Prep, congratulations! You have taken the first step towards mastering all of the subjects that will be covered on your cosmetology exam. If you’re not enrolled in Salon Prep, check the cosmetology practice test below to see how Salon Prep can help you.

Sample Cosmetology Practice Test

1. What are the four basic haircuts?

  • Blunt, graduated, layered, and short-layered
  • Graduated, weighted, layered, and long-layered
  • Blunt, graduated, layered, and long-layered.
  • Graduated, layered, textured, and blunt.

2. How many degrees of decolorization are there?

  • 5
  • 10
  • 15
  • 20

3. The practitioner observes viable nits attached to the hair shaft. A nonprescription medication is recommended. What parasitic infection is described by these symptoms?

  • Tinea
  • Scabies
  • Pediculosis
  • Carbuncle

4. Approximately what percentage of extrinsic skin aging is caused by sun damage?

  • 50%
  • 80%
  • 90%
  • 100%

5. The body’s first line of defense against infection is

  • the lymphatic system
  • unbroken skin
  • the cardiovascular system
  • pus and scabs

6. What is the main ingredient found in an acid wave?

  • Ammonia
  • Sodium bromate
  • Glycerol monothioglycolate
  • Hydrogen peroxide

7. Acrylic powder contains which two of the three ingredients of the acrylic nail process?

  • monomer and catalyst
  • It only contains one ingredient
  • Monomer and Polymer
  • Polymer and catalyst

If you didn’t feel confident about even one of your answers to these cosmetology practice test questions, chances are you need a program like Salon Prep. Salon Prep will help you prepare for all subjects through individual courses and then through final cosmetology practice tests that mimic the state board exams.

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The Most Common Methods of Hair Removal

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Hair Removal MethodsOn most state cosmetology exams, 15% of your test will be about skin care alone. This means that hair removal methods are important subjects to study. Here are some basic information and descriptions about hair removal methods used to achieve desired results (in addition to information that should be reviewed for your state’s cosmetology test).

Body hair usually grows all over the human anatomy during and after adolescence. Historically, men tend to grow more hair than women. Both men and women are likely to have hair on their head, eyebrows, legs eyelashes, pubic area, and armpits. Some, more often men, also have hair also on their face, stomach, back and chest. Various methods of hair removal are practiced for cultural, sexual, medical and religious reasons. Overall, there are two basic hair removal procedures that are used with a variety of products that claim to remove hair in one or the two methods. For your cosmetology exam, the following procedures and hair removal methods used to achieve desired results should be noted.

Temporary Hair Removal Methods

Temporary hair removal processes such as shaving or trimming are effective for short-term care. Shaving is one of the most common methods of hair removal, but other procedures are used in other parts of the world. Chemical depilatories are another option that works by making the hair disintegrate. This breaks the disulfide bonds that link the protein chains that give hair its strength. This procedure is usually temporary and hair does return in hours or over several days. Here are some options of temporary hair removal:

Shaving or trimming- This is the most common method usually manually with razor or with electric clipping shears
Depilatories- Lotions, powders or creams that cause the hair to disintegrate or dissolve
Tweezing- Hairs are pulled out with tweezers or with fingers
Waxing- A hot or cold layer of wax is applied and then removed with porous strips
Sugaring– Similar to waxing, this utilizes a sticky paste in which hair is removed
Threading- A twisted thread is rolled across the skin and catches hairs

Permanent Hair Removal Methods

Permanent hair removal methods are generally not offered in standard salons, but Salon Prep students should know they exist. Permanent procedures remove the entire hair, and the hair follicle below the skin. The most commonly used are Electrolysis, Photoepilation, and laser hair removal. Electrolysis uses an electrical current to destroy the growth cells of the hair. Photoepilation uses intense light to do the same. Laser hair removal uses laser beams that are pulsed on the skin to impair hair growth.

Over the course of human history various cultures of human society have developed social norms relating to the presence or absence of body hair. Hair removal may often be related to a religious sect or geographic region. Although, many norms change or alter from time to time or even generation to generation, hair removal is an integral part of human society. More importantly, it’s another way as a licensed cosmetologist to increase your services options and revenue. With this in mind, remember the importance of client consultation in your salon. For more information, see the Skin Care study guide and practice tests in Salon Prep.

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Are You Taking the NIC Exam Soon?

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Are you taking the NIC exam soon?  You might be if you are trying to be cosmetologist and live in one of the 38 states (including Guam and Washington DC) that use any of the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology exams.  The NIC is a respected organization of State Boards of Cosmetology that create cosmetology, esthetics, nail technician, and hair design exams as well as many other titles.  These tests are created by professionals in the cosmetology industry to ensure that public safety is maintained in salons and spas across the United States.  Without the NIC, the regulation of the cosmetology industry might not be as streamlined and well-managed as it is today.

The NIC is also partly responsible for making the job of a cosmetologist a professional and respected career.  Although not every state uses an NIC-created exam, every state board of cosmetology has a relationship with the NIC.  These state boards create laws and policies regarding the regulation of cosmetology in each state.  They determine how many hours of schooling a cosmetologist is required to obtain as well as the exams they must pass in order to receive their license.  These boards also regulate the practices of salons and spas in each state, ensuring they all meet health and sanitation regulations.

The NIC cosmetology exam is a comprehensive assessment designed to test your knowledge of the proper procedures of hair care, nail care, skin care, and maintaining sanitation as well as scientific concepts of cosmetology.  In some states, additional questions regarding that state’s cosmetology-related laws will also appear on the test.  Some states use their own version of a cosmetology exam which is created in-house or by a professional testing company.

Passing the NIC exam or your state’s cosmetology test on the first try is crucial to a cosmetologist’s career.  Attending school will help prepare you to take both your theory and practical exam.  But some students feel like they may need some extra help.  If you have been out of cosmetology school for a while, are trying to pass your NIC exam or state cosmetology test so you can work in another state, or if you just need some extra help enrolling in an online cosmetology exam preparation program like Salon Prep can be extremely helpful.  Salon Prep was created by professional cosmetologists and test developers to help you pass the NIC or your state’s cosmetology exam.  They even offer a money-back guarantee if you fail your test after completing their program.

Salon Prep is currently designed to assist with your theory exam only.  Additionally, Salon Prep does not cover state law questions since those questions vary greatly from state to state and often change from year to year.  If you think you might need some extra help passing you NIC exam or your state’s cosmetology exam, contact Salon Prep at www.salonprep.com.

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Availability of the Cosmetology Exam in Multiple Languages

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
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Cosmetology is known for its diverse field of practitioners; the demographics of licensed cosmetologists in the United States is as varied as the national population.  For this reason, some individual state boards have developed the Cosmetology Exam, Hair Design Exam, Nail Technology Exam and other exams in multiple languages for a selection of states. 

Taking the Cosmetology Exam in English

If English is not your first language, you may have trouble with the Cosmetology Exam in your state if other language options are not available.  While Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese written cosmetology examinations are available in addition to English, this is not the case with most states.  For most state exams, online Cosmetology study guides in other languages are non-existent.  However, the narration in Salon Prep has helped many foreign language speaking students comprehend the corresponding written information in the online study guide. 

Should you be allowed to take an alternate language exam in a state like California, you may be given your test instructions in English such as how long you have for the exam, when to open your booklet, how to correctly mark answers, etc.  Rarely will the instructions be in Vietnamese or Korean but you can always contact your state board to see what options are available to help you follow along on test day.    Also, you will likely be required to perform your practical exam under English instruction.   Some Candidate Information Bulletins that detail the areas covered on the exam exist in Korean, Vietnamese and Spanish.  However, the suggested reading resources on these CIBs are all written in English.  Therefore the Cosmetology exam could be difficult to pass in most states if you are not strong in your English comprehension.

Salon Prep Cosmetology Study Guide in English Only

At this time, Salon Prep is only available in English, as this is the most used language for the exam instructions, both practical and written, as well as the majority of test takers in the United States.  It is also the primary language used by each state board regarding testing dates, applications, state transfers and other licensing questions.  The requests to Salon Prep to make its interactive, online study guide for the cosmetology exam in additional languages has been very small or non-existent in most areas.  However, this need for additional versions of Salon Prep is constantly being evaluated and may be added in the future. 

Future Plans for Non-English Cosmetology Study Guides

The team at Salon Prep constantly reviews available information and statistics from sources such as the Census Bureau and other data collection agencies to determine the viability of producing additional versions of the program.  When the information, data and requests for additional languages points to a need for additional languages, Salon Prep will proceed with the translation of questions, answers, and performance feedback, as well as new audio recording to support the narration that has always played a large role in the success of past learners.   In addition to reproducing the exam in another language, some thought has to be given to the actual Salon Prep website to assist non-English speakers with their understanding of the packages available, pricing options, system requirements and all of the other information currently available in English on the website.  While it appears to be a massive undertaking to make the necessary changes in order to support our non-English speaking learners, we realize that this may be a necessary endeavor in the near future as the language demographic in the United States continues to shift.

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New Cosmetology Exam Rolls Out July 1

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

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July 1, 2011 marks the roll out of the brand new cosmetology exam coming out in nearly every state.  Some of you may be thinking, “I just graduated and now there is a brand new cosmetology test?  Why did they change it?  Will I pass it?”
First let’s address why your state’s cosmetology test changes over time.  Testing companies that create the cosmetology exam you must pass in order to get your cosmetology license conduct surveys of experienced practitioners in the industry to understand exactly which cosmetology exam questions need to be included.  These surveys are part of a larger gathering of information called role delineation studies and they ensure the test you are taking adequately covers everything you need to know in order to obtain your cosmetology license.  Additionally, all cosmetology exam questions are written by real practitioners in the field of cosmetology.  Trends in styling and advancements in technology and public safety awareness are all factors that influence the cosmetology exam in your state.  In order for the test to keep up with the cutting edge industry of cosmetology, it has to change as well.

Next, let’s talk about you passing your cosmetology exam.  Your school should be aware of any changes to the cosmetology exam and should provide you with the tools and skills you need to pass your exam.  However, if you know you need extra help in passing your exam, using cosmetology test preparation programs like Salon Prep can be extremely beneficial.  Salon Prep is a cosmetology test preparation program that was created by professionals in the cosmetology industry.   Additionally, Salon Prep is as cutting edge as the cosmetology industry itself.  Always up to date on current events like the brand new content of the cosmetology exams rolling out on July 1.

Finally, here’s a brief description of some of the new content being tested on cosmetology exams starting July 1.  There will be more questions on OSHA guidelines, MSDSs, the EPA, the FDA, and universal precautions.  New questions about first aid will also appear.   Candidates will need to have a deeper understanding of organs like the heart, lungs, and skin as well as knowledge of the various muscles of the face and body.  Additionally, questions about artificial eyelashes and eyelash and eyebrow coloring.  Finally, more advanced questions about nail services will also appear on the new test.

These are just a few examples of the some of the new content on the cosmetology exam that you will have take starting July 1.  If you are not well versed in any of these topics, a cosmetology exam study guide like Salon Prep is your best bet to passing your exam.  The Salon Prep cosmetology exam study guide is fully narrated for auditory learners, provides feedback on every question of their practice exams, provides simulation exams, and is animated for visual learners.  They also offer a money back guarantee if you complete their course but still fail your exam.

Be prepared for your cosmetology exam.  Pass on your first attempt by studying with Salon Prep first: the industry leader in cosmetology test preparation.

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Why Use a Cosmetology Exam Study Guide?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
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Salon Prep is the best tool in your kit!

From time to time, we receive questions here at Salon Prep asking simply “How can Salon Prep help me pass the cosmetology exam?”  To answer this question properly, we have to ask some questions ourselves as Salon Prep can be used in a variety of ways for learners at different stages of their cosmetology education.

For students who are attending cosmetology school, Salon Prep can be used to supplement their education.  In most schools, classes are taught by subject matter in a straightforward method.  In other words, students are likely to learn all they need to know about skin care before moving on to nail care.  Salon Prep is organized by subject as well so students can complete the skin care study guide during the same time period as they are learning it in school, and can complete the practice tests before or after their tests in school to really ace those exams.  Students can save their Salon Prep final exams for either the end of their training in each subject, or for the end of the school year.  Since Salon Prep allows you to take each course multiple times, cosmetology students can repeat the process just before they take their cosmetology exam to ensure they’re fully prepared.

In some states, relocating cosmetologists must pass a cosmetology test to practice in a new state.  Salon Prep is ideal preparation in this case as users simply complete the study guide, practice tests and simulated final exams to reinforce what they already practice day in and day out.  This also allows existing licensed cosmetologists to get up to speed on the newest cosmetology health and safety regulations, blood control procedures, disinfecting standards, etc. that are the most rapidly changing areas on the cosmetology exam. 

We also hear from a lot of professionals who were once licensed cosmetologists, but didn’t practice for years as they started a family or pursued a different career, but wish to return to the field and need a study guide like Salon Prep to get started. 

Most of our users are students who have completed their education in cosmetology school and need a little help getting ready for the cosmetology exam.  Many require the extra reinforcement that the program provides.  Some need the simulated final exam experience to help them get over their test anxiety.  Others just want the extra reassurance that passing the tests in Salon Prep can provide.

For all of our users, the cosmetology test is important to pass, and they are willing to spend the time and a few dollars to make sure they’re prepared.  We appreciate that dedication to their cosmetology career and are happy to do what we can to help them succeed.

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