Students prepare for a cosmetology state board test by studying course materials every day leading up to the exam and tackling harder subjects first. Memorize steps for cosmetology procedures in order and practice salon techniques on friends and family. Take practice tests online or administered by instructors and time yourself to ensure you are answering as many questions as possible.
Compile salon materials for the practical portion of the exam the night before the testing date, and create a checklist to ensure all items are included. Some state board exams require students to use a mannequin model for the practical portion. Practice hairstyles, cuts and colors on the same model prior to the exam so you are familiar with the texture and existing cut of the model.
Create a study guide that reviews how to sterilize equipment and thoroughly clean a work station. Students also benefit from creating flash cards for key terms and vocabulary words tested on the state board cosmetology exam. Study with friends and classmates to pool together strengths and learn from each other at least a month or two before the state board exam. Review the guidelines and requirements of the test prior to arriving and bring picture identification to prevent any delays in testing.