The Keys to a Solid Esthetician Exam Preparation

Estheticians are considered as highly skilled professionals.

Those who wish to make a living in this field should keep in mind that licensing is necessary. In order to get this license to practice, individuals must take and pass the examination given by their local board. The exam is designed to gauge the applicant’s proficiency in pertinent subjects. Some states require just one written exam but most include a practical exam as well. After all, the profession largely hinges on the actual capacity of estheticians to perform on the job. This duality has led to uncertainties regarding proper esthetician exam preparation.

Check with Your Local Board

Since states handle things their own way, exam takers should talk to their local board and ask for clarity about the matter. They should be able to provide information on the nature of the exams as well as their scope. They will have the latest on application forms, requirements, and available dates. There are two main exam types, the National Esthetics Practical Examination and the National Esthetics Written Examination. States may choose one or the other. Sometimes both are needed for the license. Calling their offices will provide clarity and guidance on how to move forward.

Look Up Resources

Whichever the local board requires, the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology provides several relevant resources for review. Visit their site to download these resources so that you can begin your esthetician exam preparation. These should cover all types of exams so that individuals can get an idea of what to expect. Nothing is more nerve-racking than going to a licensing test without any clue what you are getting into.

With these resources, there won’t be many surprises on exam day.

Study the Outline

There is a Candidate Information Bulletin for both the National Esthetics Written Examination and the National Esthetics Practical Examination. Download these and consider them carefully. they will contain an assortment of useful items such as the exam outline. This is a goldmine for test takers are it maps out the exact topics covered. Study time should concentrate on these subjects for maximum efficiency.

Read the Reference Books

There will also be a listing of reference books recommended for the exam. Get these and read them right away. They are typically the ones being used in estheticians schools like Evergreen anyway so you probably have them already. Review their contents to refresh your memory. It is natural to forget certain concepts as time passes but you will remember them right away with a bit of study.

Practice Tests

Try to measure your progress with practice tests which are also included in the Bulletin. A few weeks out, take one to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. Spend the remaining time polishing your knowledge on subjects that you find difficult. Do all of these for your esthetician exam preparation and you will surely ace it!

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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