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All About the GED: Hawaii

The General Educational Development (GED) exam allows individuals without a high school diploma to earn an equivalent credential that shows they have the same academic skills as a high school graduate. In Hawaii, passing the GED and completion of at least one high school semester earns the Hawaii High School Diploma. The GED is administered by Hawaii in conjunction with the American Council on Education.

Earn Your GED in Hawaii

Who Can Take the Hawaii GED?

Individuals who are at least age 18 and who do not have a high school diploma may take the General Educational Development (GED) exam in Hawaii. Individuals that are 16 or 17 years of age may be eligible for the exam if certain criteria are met.

GED applicants must also have successfully completed at least one semester of high school work at a public or private high school or adult community school. You do not have to be a resident of Hawaii to take the GED exam.

What Is On the Test?

The GED exam is made up of four sections:

  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Reasoning through language arts

The exam consists of multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, short answer, and extended response questions. A calculator may be used on the first part of the mathematics exam and is provided by each testing center. The GED tests may not be taken online.

What Score Do I Need to Pass?

To pass the GED exam, you must earn a score of at least 150 on each of the four subject area tests.

In Hawaii, individuals may retake a section of the exam 2 times without waiting. After the third attempt, a 60-day waiting period is applied.

How Do I Register?

To register for the exam, you must go to the GED website (www.GED.com). You will also find testing center location options there as well.

What if I need Help to Prepare for the GED?

You may contact your local community school for adults to enroll for a preparation class. If you prefer to study independently or want additional resources, the GED Testing Service offers a Marketplace with a variety of test preparation programs (www.GEDTestingService.com).

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