Earning your cosmetology license involves taking a written exam in most states, but what if English is not your first or primary language? Many states offer Cosmetology licensing exams in foreign languages, to ensure that your knowledge is assessed easily.
If you are not sure if your state offers the cosmetology license exam in your native language, you can check our chart below. We have made a list to help you find out if your state offers the cosmetology board exams in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, French, Chinese or Arabic.
Some states only allow certain professional license exams to be taken in non-English languages, so it is always best to double check with your state board of cosmetology. You should also check with your school to see if they offer bilingual classes or training in other languages.
Foreign Language Board Exam Assistance
Each state has its own rules and regulations for board exams administered in languages other than English. Depending on your state and the language you are taking the cosmetology license exam in, you may be able to use special aides to help you take and pass the test. These may include the use of a translation service or interpreter.
Some state boards allow you to take the exams with the assistance of a word-to-word dictionary. This means that the dictionary can translate the word from your first language to English, but the dictionary may not have definitions of some of the words.
Some states allow you to have the assistance of a translator in either the written or practical portions of the exams, and sometimes both. Some states may have the professional translator on staff, but others may require you to hire one or bring one with you to the exam. However, the regulations will likely be very strict on this so as to prevent cheating.
Always make sure to notify your school and the licensing board well in advance if you need to take the licensing exam in another language. The state board of cosmetology can advise you on their specific rules and required, and what help you’re permitted to use on the test. Also, if you do not notify the board in advance, you may be forced to take the exam in English.
List of Languages Accepted in Each State
Chart Last Updated December 21, 2015