Do you dream of becoming a cosmetologist in your future? If you are thinking of or already attending cosmetology school, you’re probably wondering about the state board exam. To make sure that students are properly prepared for a beauty career, the state of Georgia requires that all student cosmetologists pass this exam to provide hair and other beauty services. We know taking tests can be stressful and that’s why we’ve created a guide on what you can expect for the state board exam and how you can best prepare for it. Read all about the process below!
What Should You Study?
Have you ever studied countless hours for a test only to realize that you were focusing on the wrong topics? There’s nothing worse than stepping into an exam feeling confident and leaving feeling like you could have done so much better if you had known what to study. That doesn’t have to be the case when testing for a cosmetology license. Georgia wants to see cosmetology students succeed, which is why they’ve listed out exactly what to expect when taking the exam. Here’s some of what you can expect:
This portion of the test evaluates students’ beauty knowledge through a series of 110 multiple-choice questions. That may seem like a lot, but don’t worry because you’ll be given an hour and a half to complete them all. To make sure you give yourself as much time as possible, use good test-taking strategies. An example would be going back to a problem if you don’t know the answer, so you don’t spend all your time on one question.
An important thing to remember in the written portion of the exam is that you should never leave an answer blank! Even if you’re not sure, you should take your best guess. The test is counting points toward your score and will not take any away for incorrect answers. You’ve got nothing to lose, so give your best shot when you’re not sure!
To make sure that your time at beauty school has prepared you well enough for a career in cosmetology, the test also includes a practical portion. You will be expected to demonstrate skills in various beauty techniques. Procedures you’ll be expected to successfully perform are:
- Preparing potential clients in a professional manner
- Proper curling procedures using a Marcel thermal
- Basic layered haircuts
- Proper blow dry styling
- Mock permanent waving
- Mock virgin lightener
- Facial services
- Nail services
Each section of the practical exam is weighted differently for a total of 100. If you get a score of 70 or higher, then congratulations! You just passed the practical portion of the exam. For a detailed description on what you’ll be evaluated on for each section, click here!
What Should You Bring?
Now that you’ve studied and prepped for what’s going to be on the exam, it’s time to go over what you should bring. After studying and practicing for a future career in the beauty industry, the last thing you want is to forget something important for the actual test. We don’t want that for anyone and that’s why we’ve listed out some things you should definitely make sure to bring!
- Your Admissions letter
- Identification (must have both your photograph and signature)
- #2 pencils (mechanical pencils are not allowed)
- Work kit for the facial, nail, and hair services
Click here to see a detailed list on what should be included in your work kit.
Things to Remember
There’s a lot for you to think about before taking the test, so we’ve put together some general things you should remember before taking the test!
- Make sure you know the location, date, and time you’re taking the exam. You may even want to drive to the testing location so you know exactly where to go since you will not be allowed in the testing area if you arrive late.
- Read all testing instructions carefully and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re unsure about something.
- Don’t bring food or drinks into the testing area.
- Notes or electronic devices will not be allowed in the examination room.
These are just some important things to keep in mind as your examination day draws nearer. Taking exams can seem intimidating, but remember that it’s to help prepare you for a career in cosmetology. If beauty is your passion, then all the hard work and determination will be worth it!
How You Can Start Preparing
Are you ready to start preparing for a future career in cosmetology? Before you can take the state board exam and become a licensed cosmetologist, you need to complete your cosmetology education. At Keune Academy by 124, our cosmetology program can help you prepare to sit for the state board exam by learning about hair styling, coloring, cutting and more! Contact us to find out how you can start the application process.