To find test preparation information for an esthetician state board exam, students can visit online resources such as the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology and specific state licensing departments such as those for California and New York. The National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology created the National Esthetics written exam required for licensure in many different states of the United States as of 2015.
The National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology provides the candidate information bulletin, which offers the content outline for the written test that takes approximately 90 minutes. The test includes a scientific concepts component that is worth 60 percent and an esthetics practice section that counts for 40 percent of the final score. Some topics covered in the scientific section include sanitation and infection control, factors that affect the skin and human anatomy and physiology. This site also has sample questions and answers for this exam. By clicking on the U.S. map found at the home page, candidates can find a particular state's licensing board to get more information on exams and licensing requirements.
Although the NIC written exam is used in more than 30 states, there are some states that administer their own, such as New York. In New York, candidates also need to go through 600 hours of an approved study course, be at least 17 years old and pass both the written and practical parts of the exam as of 2015, notes NY.gov. Additionally, they must also furnish a health certificate from a physician. The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, which does use the NIC written exam as of 2015, also provides exam preparation information and sample questions in its candidate information bulletins.