February 15, 2012

10 Tips to Pass Your State Board Test

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After you graduate from Salon Success Academy, the only thing standing in your way of becoming a licensed cosmetologist is your state board licensing exam. Once you’ve passed your exam, you’ll be ready to practice cosmetology and become a true professional in the beauty industry! We’re giving you our top 10 tips to pass your exam!

Before you take your test, it’s important to know what to expect so you know what to study for! As of 2022, you only need to pass the written exam to get a cosmetology license in California. The written exam consists of 100 test questions with 120 minutes to complete it. 

Plan Time For Study

The most important thing you can do is to make time for study. Think about your daily schedule and add 20 minutes of studying to it. Continue to study and practice up until the day of your exam! If you prepare well before the exam day, you’ll be able to actually understand the concepts instead of just memorizing them. Set aside time every day to study and challenge yourself to beat your highest score. 

Study With Friends

Try to study with friends! Study groups can improve your motivation and can make studying more fun. It can also help with learning and retention. You’ll be able to ask your friends questions about coursework that you might not understand. By reviewing the information together, you’ll retain it better.

Plan Your Exam Day

Make sure you are ready for your exam day! Leave time for parking, using the bathroom, and any other things you may need to do on that day. Consider visiting the testing site beforehand so you know where to go! The last thing you need on your exam day is added stress. 

Don’t Stress Out

It’s important to relax before your exam! As long as you are studying beforehand and feel ready for the test, there is no need to stress out! You’ve done the work and put in the hours, the only thing left to do is pass the exam. You’ve got this! 

Reward Yourself

While you’re preparing for your exam, it’s important to reward yourself in the midst of it. Reward yourself for studying accomplishments, whether they are big or small. 

Stay Positive

Your biggest fan should be yourself. Stay positive and tell yourself you’ve got this! Your mindset will play a huge part in your success. A positive outlook will keep your mind clear leading up to the exam day. 

Remember The Big Picture

If you find yourself getting frustrated throughout the process, remember the big pictures. Remember why you started the whole process to begin with! Once you pass your exam, you’re onto your dream career. It will all be worth it! 

Bring What You Need On Exam Day

Bring an ID, wear appropriate clothing, and don’t bring anything that isn’t allowed into the testing center. Be prepared on the day of the exam with the things you need, so you’re not scrambling the day of. 

Practice Tests Are Your Friend

Set yourself up for success by doing practice tests. For the written exam, give yourself 120 minutes to take the practice test. This will get you ready for exam day! Practice makes perfect. Take advantage of the comprehensive State Board exam preparation at Salon Success Academy. Every student participates in a mock state board exam once they’ve clocked 1,200 hours. 

Don’t Give Up

If you don’t pass on your first try, don’t let it get you down. Relax, study, retake the exam, and you’ll be a licensed cosmetologist in no time!

Ready To Get Started?

Are you ready to turn your dreams into a reality? Get started on your journey! We’d love to hear from you and help you pursue your dream career. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us and our admissions team will be more than happy to walk you through the process. We can’t wait to see you!

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