Cosmetology Practice Test

Have you ever wanted to become a certified cosmetologist? The Cosmetology exam offered by the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology is the only thing standing between you and licensing. So be sure to be as prepared as possible on Cosmetology test day by starting your study as early as possible. The Cosmetology state board exam is broken down into two components that both need to be passed in order to gain licensing- a practical portion and a written portion.

Cosmetology Exam Outline

For the written portion, test takers will have 90 minutes to complete 110 multiple-choice questions.

The Cosmetology state board practice test is broken down as follows:

  • Scientific Concepts (35%)
  • Hair Care and Services (45%)
  • Skin Care and Services (10%)
  • Nail Care and Services (10%)

With these subjects in mind, begin your study and preparation for the test now to get a head start!

exam outline for the Cosmetology exam, which contains 110 multiple-choice questions and has a time limit of 90 minutes

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Scoring the Cosmetology Exam

The scoring of the written portion of the exam is scaled. This means that if a test has more difficult questions than another version, the minimum score for that test will be lower. Likewise, an easier test will have a slightly higher minimum passing score. If you want to get a feel for how the test questions will be, check out some practice written test questions from our free Cosmetology test below. If you do, you’ll see that our Cosmetology practice test is comprehensive as well as detailed so that you will be prepared on test day!

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By Peter Rench

Peter Rench joined Mometrix in 2009 and serves as Vice President of Product Development, responsible for overseeing all new product development and quality improvements. Mr. Rench, a National Merit Scholar, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in mathematics from Texas A&M University.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: September 22, 2023

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