Cosmetology State Board PA: Your Guide to Passing!

Let’s get right to it. You’re here because the PA cosmetology state board is in your future.

You want to be a licensed cosmetologist in PA. Great! This state needs more talented stylists like you. People who REALLY know how to cut, color, and style hair. ALL kinds of hair.

But first, you have to pass the cosmetology state board exam in PA.

It’s a complicated process. And once you understand the process, there’s the cosmetology exam itself. It’s hard. Multiple choice. All about theory and procedural skills. Timed. Lots of people fail. Which means they don’t get licensed.

The Filmbook State Board app can help.

Tens of thousands of future cosmos have used the Filmbook State Board app to pass their state board exams! 🏆 You can too!

What’s on the Cosmetology State Board PA?

Here’s what you need to know about the cosmetology state board exam in Pennsylvania:

  • The exam has 135 questions.
  • You have 2 hours and 15 minutes to finish it.
  • You can take the exam unlimited times until you pass, BUT you have to pay each time.

Here’s what the cosmetology state board exam in PA covers.

  • Cosmetology Rules, Regulations, and Safety: 27% to 32%
  • Haircolor & Lightening: 13% to 15%
  • Permanent Waving: 12% to 14%
  • Chemical Straightening and Relaxing: 12% to 14%
  • Haircutting: 9% to 11%
  • Trichology: 5% to 8% Hang on. Do you even know what trichology is? 😬 The Filmbook State Board app has you covered. Scroll down and we’ll show you how Filmbook explains what trichology is. In easy-to-understand terminology. And in built-in cosmetology flashcards!
  • Styling: 5% to 8%
  • Esthetics: 5% to 7%
  • Nails: 5% to 7%
  • Shampoo and Scalp Analysis: 4% to 6%

Now this list above? It’s in order of the most questions to the least questions. So while you may NOT be particularly interested in permanent waving, you still have to know all about perms, and you have to correctly answer multiple choice questions about perms. It’s 12% to 14% of the state board exam!

Sample PA State Board Question on Permanent Waving

Here’s an example of a practice perm question from the Filmbook State Board app. Do you know the answer? If you don’t look in the book. Yes, Filmbook has a cosmetology exam study book built right into the app! Just swipe up on the bottom of the page!

Filmbook State Board App sample test question on perms
Taking the open book tests in the Filmbook State Board app can help you prepare for the PA state board. And reduce your anxiety.
Filmbook State Board App sample test question on perms showing built-in cosmetology book
The Filmbook State Board app has a built-in cosmetology exam study book! Just flip up to find all the cosmo info you need. (And the answer to the open-book test question.)
Filmbook State Board App sample test question on perms
With the Filmbook State Board app, you get feedback on every practice test question: whether your answer is right or wrong. That’s how you can really lock in your learning!

Sample PA State Board Question on Chemical Straightening and Relaxing

Do you understand chemical straightening? Or chemical relaxing? Some future PA cosmetologists don’t even want to perform those procedures (or don’t know how).

But here’s the thing. You have to know all about chemical relaxing in order to pass the state board exam. It’s 12% to 14% of your grade. And you need to achieve at least a 75% to pass.

You cannot ignore this section of the test that’s standing between you and your cosmetology license. The Filmbook State Board app can help you learn and practice everything you need to know about chemical straightening and relaxing.

Filmbook State Board app sample test question on Alkaline products
Take a look at this sample question on alkaline (relaxer) products from the Filmbook State Board app. Do you know the answer?
Filmbook State Board app sample test question on Alkaline products with correct answer shown
Whether you get the answer right or wrong answer, Filmbook gives you helpful feedback. This is one reason why the Filmbook State Board app is so successful in helping cosmetology students study for and pass their state board exams!

When you subscribe, you can practice questions on chemical straightening, curl reforming, perms,  and other challenging subjects over and over. Until you really know—and understand—the cosmetology theory.

Don’t get scared. Get prepared.TM 

Download the Filmbook State Board app on the App Store

Sample PA State Board Question on Sanitation

The cosmetology test in PA has one really big section: Cosmetology Rules, Regulations, and Safety. It’s as much as 32% of your grade. And it makes sense.

To be a licensed cosmetologist in PA, you have to follow laws and rule. And that means you have to know how to perform hair care in a safe, sanitary manner. The Filmbook State Board app has you covered. Here’s a sample PA state board question on how to safely handle the instruments, utensils and appliances that come into contact with a client. Did you get the correct answer?

PA cosmetology state board test, sample question about sanitation, Filmbook State Board app
Knowing all about sanitation is critical for PA cosmetologists. Practice for the state board test with questions like these on the Filmbook State Board app.
Filmbook State Board app practice question on PA cosmetology laws and rules
The Filmbook State Board app really helps you prepare for PA-specific questions on sanitation. Be sure to specify PA as your state when you subscribe to the app.

Sample PA State Board Question on Haircolor

Let’s look at another open-book test question, this time about haircolor. Okay, so you know haircolor. But isn’t it good to check the answer? And get more detail?

With the Filmbook State Board app, all the detail you need is right at your fingertips. It’s a great help. Especially if you didn’t get good instruction on a particular cosmetology topic. Or it’s just a challenging topic for you. Filmbook can help!

Remember: questions on hair color can count for up to 15% of your grade.

Sample question about haircolor application from Filmbook State Board appSample question about haircolor application from Filmbook State Board app showing page flip which is part of the app

“Trichology” is on the Cosmetology State Board PA

It’s fun to know fancy cosmo terminology. Like trichology.

But it’s also necessary. Questions on trichology will be 5% to 8% of your score on the PA cosmetology state board exam.

The Filmbook State Board app has you covered. Filmbook explains what trichology is, and what you need to know about it to pass the cosmetology state board in PA.

 

Filmbook State Board app flashcards
The Filmbook State Board app has over 1,200 flashcards built right into the app! No need to carry around paper flashcards. You can quiz yourself right on your phone!

Take Unlimited PA State Board of Cosmetology Practice Tests!

You can when you subscribe to the Filmbook State Board app!

All you have to do is subscribe. It’s only $4.99/month. 🤗  That’s the best price for the most state board practice content you’ll find.

The Filmbook State Board app can help you pass the PA state board examination—no matter what school you go to. No matter what salon you’re apprenticing in.

Let’s face it. To become a cosmetologist, you have to practice. Cutting, coloring, and styling hair.

To become a licensed cosmetologist, you also have to practice. Taking timed, multiple choice tests.

Some Filmbook users have taken hundreds of quizzes. You can bet they’re ready for the state board exam. Are you?

Timed State Board Practice Quizzes on the Filmbook State Board app

How to Pass the Cosmetology State Board PA

  • Get a subscription to the Filmbook State Board app. It’s affordable and effective. Only $4.99/month for UNLIMITED state board practice tests, cosmetology flashcards, a complete cosmetology glossary, easy-to-understand cosmetology theory films, and a read-out-loud option
  • Start studying right away! It’s never too early to make your cosmo dreams a reality. And Filmbook makes it super easy to study on-the-go, right on your phone.
  • Get authorized to take the PA Cosmetology Theory exam through PALS. (That stands for PA Licensing System.)
  • Pay the $25 application fee and the $93 testing fee plus, if you’re a PA resident, the fee for a Criminal History Record Information Check. (Yes, it’s expensive. Another reason why you want to be prepared to pass, the first time!)
  • Schedule your exam at one of the testing centers. Be sure to show up! You will lose your money if you don’t!
  • Walk in with confidence and PASS! With Filmbook, you’ll be prepared!

A few notes on the Pennsylvania Cosmetology Candidate Handbook. (Because we care.)

The word “reciprical” is spelled wrong in the Table of Contents. It should be “reciprocal.”

“Candidates who apply for EARLY TESTING are not permitted to request tempoary licenses.”

“Tempoary” is also spelled wrong.

So, mistakes are natural. And even the authorities make them. But why should you?

Subscribe to the Filmbook State Board App!

Download the Filmbook State Board today, and get started with 100 FREE state board practice quiz questions.

Download the Filmbook State Board on the App Store

Need more practice? Unlock ALL content for only $4.99/month! Keep it as long as you need. Here’s what a full subscription gives you:

  • ALL state board topics
  • Over 1,600 state board practice questions
  • PA laws and rules quiz questions
  • Unlimited, timed multiple choice state board quizzes
  • Step-by-step state-board films
  • Cosmetology theory, clearly explained
  • A built-in cosmetology exam book
  • A read-out-loud option
  • A cosmetology glossary with over 1,200 terms
  • Over 1,200 flashcards, built right into the cosmetology glossary!

Once you get the app, be sure to select PA as your state. That way you’ll unlock PA-specific practice questions.

Filmbook State Board app Settings screen with PA selected as the state
Need to pass the cosmetology state board exam in PA? Of course you do. Download the Filmbook State Board app, subscribe for $4.99/month, and specify Pennsylvania in the SETTINGS page to unlock PA-specific laws and rules questions!

Hey, here are a few more helpful state board tips for you and your cosmo friends:

Now, download that FREE Filmbook State Board app and start practicing for the most important test you’ll ever take. YOU CAN PASS!

See you on the App Store!

Download the Filmbook State Board on the App Store