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National Testing Network (NTN): Exam Overview Kansas School Seminar March 27, 2015

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  1. National Testing Network (NTN): Exam Overview Kansas School Seminar March 27, 2015

  2. Agenda • Program Update • Exam Preparation Guide Updates • Overview of exams

  3. Test Availability • 2.5 times more availability than before • Three dedicated testing centers • Register for an exam within two weeks • Less wait time for exams & licenses • Removal of checklist that delays testing

  4. Exams Update • Pass Rates for 2014 • 1600+ practical exams administered • 1900+ written exams administered

  5. Candidate Survey Responses

  6. Candidate Survey Responses

  7. Candidate Survey Responses

  8. Exam Preparation Guides • New updates available for 2015 • Available on • Answers to common questions • Instructions for registering • Test requirements • Important exam day information • Identification requirements • Exam rules • General policies • What to expect when you arrive to your test

  9. Exam Preparation Guide Video Supplement Available on

  10. NTN Exams • Candidates demonstrate ability to perform services in a way that is SAFE, SANITARY and LEGAL. • Licensure for minimum competency. • Measure candidates’ knowledge of legal scope of practice in Kansas. • Successful candidates will be licensed to perform all services allowed by law.

  11. Reschedules • Exams can be rescheduled by clicking on the “Contact Support” link on our website • Requests for schedule changes must be made in writing, through the “Contact Support” link on our website • Reschedule requests must be submitted a minimum of 7 calendar days prior to the exam date • Schedule changes request within 7 calendar days of the exam date will not be approved

  12. Exam Site Closures • In the case of exam site closures due to extreme weather conditions or staff emergencies, candidates will be notified by the testing center as soon as possible. When possible, they will be notified at least 2 hours before the scheduled exam time. After candidates receive notification, they can submit a reschedule request through the “Contact Support” link on our website and the Support Team will assist with a reschedule.

  13. How Schools Can Help Students • Be sure candidates understand requirements & specific instructions in EXAM PREP GUIDE. • Read through the guide with students & clarify their questions

  14. How Schools Can Help Students • Make sure candidates bring: • Required IDs • Complete, organized KITS

  15. How Schools Can Help Students • PRACTICE with your students so they are comfortable with the exam & its timing • Use the SCRIPTS that are available online when you practice with your students

  16. How Schools Can Help Students • Explain that evaluators are professionals who have been through testing themselves • Evaluators understand candidates may be nervous want to see candidates SUCCEED

  17. How Schools Can Help Students • Explain that maintaining SAFETY & SANITATION are more important than “stylish” & “perfect” results. • Licensing is NOT based on an individual school’s curriculum.

  18. Security Reminder • Exam security is critical to the integrity of the exam process • Violations of exam security can have legal & financial consequences • Discussing exam content is inappropriate

  19. Security Reminder • Each candidate is required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement that prohibits discussion of exam content or the re-creation of exam content • If a student has a question about specific exam content, refer them to NTN Candidate Support

  20. Practical Exams Candidates must perform each task: • taking appropriate safety & sanitation precautions (draping, client protection, etc.). • without cross contamination of bacteria through products (sanitary removal from containers, etc.).

  21. Practical Exams Candidates must perform each task: • maintaining consumer & personal sanitation (hand sanitation, sanitary linens, etc.). • using tools, implements & products safely (curling iron, shears, chemical exposure, etc.).

  22. Practical Exams • Exam is for entry-level practitioners • Priority is on safe & sanitary performance of tasks • Breaks in sanitation must be remedied: • Hand sanitation • Sanitary product application & storage • Disinfect work surfaces • Maintain kit sanitation

  23. What if an item drops on the floor? It must be remedied -- candidates should: • Pick up the item (raise hand for permission to leave work area) • Discard or disinfect the item • Sanitize their hands before continuing with the exam

  24. During Practical Exams • Evaluators will not assist candidates • Evaluators may not answer candidate questions regarding exam content • No talking among candidates • No unauthorized materials • No disruptive behavior

  25. Timing of Services • Time allowed is stated in Exam Prep Guides & candidates should have enough time to complete the service • If candidates realize they have not completed a step satisfactorily (ex: the sculptured nail is not dry & they file it off) & if there is time remaining, they can redo it in the remaining time

  26. Exam Kits • Candidates are responsible for bringing a complete kit – the list is included in each Exam Prep Guide • Clamp, tools & implements must be in working order • All products must be clearly labeled in English & visible to evaluators • Implements, tools, linens & paper products must be visibly clean & sanitary • When not in use, kits must remain closed

  27. Product Requirements • Mock product containers represent one item & it is only used once • Each product must be in a separate labeled container • All liquids & creams, including water in the spray bottle, must be labeled clearly in English • Mock products are required

  28. Tools/Implements Requirements • Stored in Englishlabeled containers for each service • Must be in safeworking order • Visibly clean & sanitary • Tools/implements & linens/ paper products must be effective for the purpose being used • Make sure candidates have all items listed in the Exam Prep Guide in their kits!

  29. Waste Receptacle Requirements • Minimum of one waste disposal receptacle • Plastic lined & free standing • Labeled “Waste” • Taped bags may notbe used • TIP: Bring more than one waste receptacle. Overflowing waste is a break in sanitation.

  30. Work Station Space • Candidates each have the same size work space marked off by black lines • Must keep within that space during the exam, including kit & waste receptacles • FYI: Mannequin tripods may be used, but they take up a lot of space and may cause challenges for candidates that table mannequin clamps do not cause

  31. Work Station Space

  32. Blood Spill Kit • Two Blood Spill kits are required (or onekit with sufficient supplies for multiple blood spills): • One for Blood Spill demonstration • Second is in case there is actual blood spill during exam (must stay on station) • Blood Spill procedure is defined by Kansas Rules & Regulations & federal universal precautions

  33. Blood Spill Procedure • Don protective gloves • Clean area with antiseptic & cover with sterile bandage • Clean & disinfect all equipment, tools, & implements that have come in contact with blood • Clean workstation with disinfectant • All contaminated items, including gloves (which should be removed last), must be placed in a double bag marked “Biohazard” • Seal the double bags and place in the waste receptacle

  34. Blood Spill: Helpful Reminders • The order in our exam is slightly different than state regulations—teach based on our procedure • Biohazard bags must be clearly labeled, written or stickered • Do not dispose of biohazard bag until it contains all contaminated items

  35. Blood Spill: Helpful Reminders • Candidates can remove bandage during set-up for next service • Keep the unused blood spill kit and unused items on the workstation in case of an actual blood spill • You may bring two blood spill kits, if desired • The final disinfectant wipe/paper towel used for disinfecting must go in double-bag

  36. Practical Exam Services Listed in Exam Preparation Guides

  37. Practical Exam Services • Each service is outlined step-by-step in Exam Prep Guide • Complete all steps of the service safely using tools & clearly labeled products without cross contamination or risk • Each task must be completed to evaluate safe, sanitary performance

  38. Practical Exams • Cosmetologist • Manicurist • Esthetician

  39. Cosmetology Exam

  40. Blood spill • Thermal curling • Haircut • Chemical waving • Hair color & lightening • Chemical relaxer • Facial • Sculptured nail • Manicure Cosmetology Services

  41. Thermal Curling Supplies • Pre-curled mannequin • Cape • Neck strip • Material for testing iron temperature • Combs and brush • Curling iron • Hair clips Cosmetology

  42. Thermal Curling Procedure Mannequin #1 • Drape with cape & neck strip, brush out pre-curls • Mock test iron temperature on end paper • Demonstrate 3 off base curls (one side) • Demonstrate 3 on base curls (top of head) • Clear service items & clean workstation • Stand back & raise your hand Cosmetology

  43. Examples of Breaking Thermal Curling Safety & Sanitation • Breaking sanitation: contaminating workstation, tools, or the client • Safe use of tools & products: • Not testing iron temperature • Not placing comb between scalp & iron when necessary Cosmetology

  44. Helpful Reminders • Do not touch mannequin with iron • Remember to simulate testing temperature of iron • Focus on safe demonstration of using a hot iron • Place comb between scalp & iron when necessary • Testing the iron temperature cannot be done using a towel • Clips may be used to keep the cape in place (preventing slippage) to prevent a break in sanitation. Cosmetology

  45. Haircut Supplies • Cape • Neck strip • Spray bottle with water • Combs • Shears • Hair clips Cosmetology

  46. Haircut Procedure • Drape with neck strip & cape • Wet, comb, & section all hair • Cut perimeter to establish even guide • Cut exterior hair in neck, ear & bang areas & cut interior layers, removing at least 1” • Cross-check haircut • Remove all hair clippings • Clear service items & clean the workstation • Stand back & raise your hand Cosmetology

  47. Examples of Breaking Haircut Safety & Sanitation • Breaking sanitation: • Contaminating workstation, tools, or the client • Not sanitizing a dropped comb before continuing service • Not using neck strip • Safe use of tools & products: losing control of shears or comb Cosmetology

  48. Helpful Reminders • Palm shears when not cutting • Completing the service is more important than the quality of haircut • Utilize time wisely • Shears must be sanitary. If using foam or leather cases, ensure the shears & all tools & implements are covered. • Clips may be used to keep the cape in place (preventing slippage) to prevent a break in sanitation. Cosmetology

  49. Chemical Wave Supplies • Towels & chemical cape (labeled chemical cape if not plastic) • Wave rods • Spray bottle with water • Applicator bottle with mock waving solution • End papers • Hair clips • Non-metallic combs • Protective cream and cotton • Single use protective gloves • Towels Cosmetology

  50. Chemical Wave Procedure • Drape with towel & chemical cape • Wet all of the hair, section entire head (sections correspond to length of rods) • Wrap at least 4 rods in center section, begin at top of crown • Prepare for application of solution (protective cream & cotton around entire hairline, wear gloves, raise hand for evaluator) • Apply solution to wrapped rods without dripping, perform a test curl • Clear service items & clean workstation • Stand back & raise your hand Cosmetology