INFORMATION REGARDING THE WRITTEN AND PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS

The examination consists of two (2) parts, a written and a practical. All candidates will be taking the National Interstate Council of Board of Cosmetology, (NIC) written and practical examination. Candidates will be scheduled to take the practical and written examinations on the same day. The Board has two permanent testing sites; one in Northern California (Fairfield) and one in Southern California (Glendale). Once you are scheduled, candidates do have the option of rescheduling the written examination to another day at one of PSIís (computer-based written exam vendor) 15+ testing sites. However, the practical examination cannot be rescheduled. Information about this will be included with the admission letter that is sent to candidates once they have been scheduled for their examination.

The exams are available in English, Korean Spanish, and Vietnamese.  (Please note: These examinations are translated into the most universal or neutral version of each language to be acceptable to the widest possible audience).  If a candidate cannot read, speak or write in English at a 10th grade-level, and the examination is not available in their native language, the candidate may request approval to use an interpreter for one or both parts of the examination.   Please refer to Interpreter or Interpreter/Model instructions at: http://www.barbercosmo.ca.gov/forms_pubs/forms/interpreter.pdf

The written examinations, excluding barbers, have 100 test questions and candidate is allowed 2 hours to complete; barber written examination have 50 items and candidates are allowed 1 hour to complete.  The practical examinations vary in length, the cosmetologists exam can last approximately 4 hours; barbers 3 hours; manicurist, esthetician and electrologists may take up to 1 ½ hours.  Candidates will receive a 15-minute break during the barber and cosmetology practical examinations.

CALIFORNIA CANDIDATE INFORMATION BULLETINS (CIB)

Practical Examinations:

These bulletins can be used to help you prepare for your examination. They provide you with the list of tasks that you will be graded on, the verbal instructions that will be given during the exam, and the required supplies/implements necessary for the exam. It is up to the candidate to know how to perform these services safely and correctly.

Written Examinations:

These Bulletins include the content outline covered by the written examination, sample questions and answers. It will also provide a list of textbooks and reference materials you may find helpful in preparing for the examination.

Frequently asked Questions and Answers

NIC Webcast:

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