Congrats, you are getting ready to take your licensing exams. It means taking just a written exam and this blog is primarily for passing the written exam vs. the clinical portion, due to the fact that every state has different requirements for the clinical portion of the exam.Follow these tips to help prepare yourself.

  1. Trust that you know the information. You been through 750 hours, and you know this! 

  2. Focus on the things that you are unsure of. Look over the chapters or topics that you know well, but don’t spend all your time on them. Continue to study and practice up until the day of your exam. Set aside time every day to study and challenge yourself to beat your highest score.

  3. Create ways to remember the technical words. One that always worked for my students is: The radial bone, nerve, and artery are located on the thumb side of the arm because you need your thumb to turn up the radio in your car! (at least you used to, but it still works!)

  4.  Another great place to spend some time studying, and even copying and putting these details on note cards are from the blocks of information on the pages of your Milady textbook. A lot of test questions on both your in-class exams and the written state board exams come from these blocks. I remember when I was in school many students huffing and puffing because they got test questions wrong, and they would argue up and down to China that that piece of information was no where to be found in the chapter, but it was right there in that side block that they failed to read.

  5. Don’t avoid studying the things that you find the hardest. Tackle the hardest subject first, and the rest of your studying will seem much easier.You could even try making the hard words fun. 

  6. Arrive early, leave yourself more than enough time to arrive early to the testing site. This is critical because if you’re late you will be denied entry and you’ll have to start the process all over again. This includes paying for the test again.

  7. If you don’t pass on your first try, don’t let it get you down. If you pass only one portion of the exam, you have up to one year to pass the other portion. There’s no limit to how many times you can retake it.

  8. Get plenty of rest. Try studying with friends. It can make studying much more fun, but you should relax. Passing this test is what stands between you and your future career. Take this responsibility seriously and get to sleep at a reasonable hour.

  9. Eat a good meal. You think better when you’re not hungry. Plus no one wants to pass out, so fuel up before you go!

If you are interested in learning more about a future in esthetic, please call us at 312-848-3048.