The nail technology theory test has 70 questions (60 scored, 10 pretest). There is a 90 minute (1.5 hour) time limit.
A breakdown of the theory test content is below.
Safety & Infection Control (23 Questions)
Working Station and Environment: Chemical labeling, storage, and disposal. OHSA Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Safe Working Practices: Hand hygiene and Client protection
Infection Control: Infectious diseases and pathogens, Cleaning and disinfection, Single vs. multi-use items, Disinfectants, Procedures for tools, equipment, and work surfaces, Storage of tools and equipment
Standard Precautions for exposure incidents
Effective Safety Responses to Client Injury
Client Intake Form
Client Release Form
Client Consultation (2 Questions)
Nail Analysis (6 Questions)
Nail structure, Nail conditions, and Disorders
Nails (29 Questions)
Products and Product Chemistry
Nail Enhancements: Procedures, Application, Nail tips, Gels (oligomer), monomer and polymer, Maintenance, and Removal
Manicure and Pedicure: Procedures, Cuticle care, buffing, shaping, and finishing, Disinfection of pedicure bowl, Non-jetted tubs/tub liners, and jetted tubs
PSI Theory Content Outlines: Developed from references.
1-Milady's Standard Nail Technology: Fundamentals, 7th Edition, 2015.
2-Salon Fundamentals Nails: A Resource for Your Nail Career, 2007.