In Hawaii, adults who did not complete their regular high school program can still earn a secondary education degree if they complete the four tests of the GED® exam or the five subtests of the HiSET® exam. GED is short for General Education Development and HiSET is short for High School Equivalency Test. From December 31, 2021, the HiSET will be no longer offered in Hawaii.
Hawaii GED Testing Requirements
- You are not the holder of a high school diploma
- You are not registered for any other school program
- You cannot be younger than 16. Test takers under the age of 18 must be officially withdrawn from school, have permission from their school board, and have also permission from a parent or a guardian
In Hawaii, the fee for GED testing is $37.50 per individual test or $150 for the entire exam. Bear in mind, as said above, that you have the liberty to sit for one GED subtest when you’re ready to do so and you only need to pay for the test(s) you take. There’s no need to pay upfront for all four parts. HiSET testing is slightly cheaper.
When you require some sort of accommodation, be wise and apply in time at GED.com, the official website of GED Testing Service, or contact a local GED testing center in your region for assistance. You must in all cases create your personal account with GED.com/MyGED. This is also the location for scheduling and paying for your tests.
The four GED tests are scored via a scale that goes from 100 to 200. The following applies: 100-144-below passing. 145-164-high school equivalency. 165-174-college-ready. 175-200-college-ready + college credit.
The GED test comes with four independent modules (subtests) in these academic fields: Science, Social Studies, Math, and Literacy. The GED diploma is equivalent to a standard high school diploma and is accepted as such by virtually all North American employers, colleges and universities, and government agencies.
The GED is modular, meaning you have the liberty to sit for each of the four GED modules separately. This also counts for the HiSET. Paper-based GED testing is a thing of the past but the HiSET is offered both on paper and on a computer. You have the option to take the GED and HiSET tests at state-approved testing sites in person or online (for qualifying students).
Hawaii has no residency requirements. Keep in mind that the GED and HiSET are pretty difficult exams. The passing standards have been set in a way that over 40 percent of high school graduates would not pass the exam on the first try! So taking GED prep lessons to get well prepared is highly recommended.
All across Hawaii you’ll find numerous GED prep locations that (often free) will get you all set, and following a proper online course may also be a great option. Whatever you prefer, just make sure you’ll become decently prepared.
The latest edition of the GED test is fully computer-formatted and testing on paper is no option anymore. This comes as no surprise as you can find hardly any job these days that will not require basic computer knowledge and keyboarding skills.