A nail technician test includes questions such as, "Where should you store sanitized implements?" and, "What does it mean if an acrylic liquid is odorless?" Test questions also ask about common infections in salons, hazards of nail bleach, hypertrophy and fortified nails.
Questions are drawn from course information about nails and safety. The National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology administers exams and provides practice questions to students. Candidate Information Bulletins provide breakdowns regarding how questions are weighted. Some tests require a demonstration of ability using a live model. Passing a nail technician licensing exam is required to become a manicurist in the United States.