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Cosmetology Point System

Applicants to the Cosmetology, Nail and/or Facial Specialty programs are evaluated for admission based upon a point system as determined by the following criteria: 

  • Academic achievement
  • Testing
  • Letters of recommendation

Eastern Florida State College's Department of Cosmetology operates under the direction of, and in compliance with, the Department of Education and the Department of Business and Professional Regulations.

Click on the categories below for specific information about the point system.


Academic Achievement – Either A or B

  • High School Graduate with GPA (Grade Point Average) using a 4.0 scale for grades 10-12.
  • GED Scores will be converted to a GPA to determine points.
     GPA  Scores    Points  Earned  
      3.9 to 4.0   5             
      3.5 to 3.8     4               
      3.0 to 3.4     3               
      2.5 to 2.9     2
      2.0 to 2.4     1

TABE Testing

Required TABE scores are:

  • Reading – 9.0,
  • Language – 8.0
  • Math – 8.0
      Sub-Test Score     Points  Earned  
      9.0+          5            
      8.0-8.9        4              
      7.0-7.9          3                
      6.0-6.9   2                
      5.0-5.9          1
    Students who earn lower scores are required to use the Learning Lab (any campus), VPI, or other appropriate means to reach the necessary level. There is a three- month waiting period before a remediating student is allowed to retest. The Learning Lab works with the student to increase understanding ,then retests only the section(s) with low scores.  THERE IS NO FEE FOR THIS TEST. The TABE is based on a 12th grade or GED level. One of the math exams allows the use of a hand-held calculator.

Letters of Recommendation 2-4 points

Students must submit AT LEAST ONE, but no more than three, letters of recommendation from a teacher, colleague or other professional stating why they feel you would be a good candidate for the Cosmetology program. This letter must be submitted on company letterhead and can be emailed to Program Specialist Kendra Hart at or mailed to EFSC Cosmetology Office, Bldg. 20/Rm 124B, 1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, FL 32922.

Equal Access Policy

Eastern Florida State College complies with state and federal laws and does not deny equal access to individuals based on disability, race, ethnicity, color, genetics, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender preference, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, ancestry, or political affiliation. EFSC recognizes the rights of students and applicants with disabilities, including those with hepatitis B, under the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Visit the Human Resources section of the College's website for more information.
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