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. GED is short for General Education Development and this is the exam that Hawaii uses for its HSE (high school equivalency) program.
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 Test takers under the age of 18 must be officially withdrawn from school, have permission from their school board, and have also permission from a parent or a guardian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 but again, you will need to finish the four tests within two years.
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 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 the four GED modules separately. You have to complete the four tests, though, within a two-year time constraint. Paper-based GED testing is a thing of the past. The GED exam has become entirely computerized though online testing is NO option. You must come to a state-approved GED testing site and take the tests in person.
Hawaii has no residency requirement. Keep in mind that the new GED test is pretty difficult. The passing standards have been set in a way that over 40 percent of high school graduates would not pass the exam it at 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 (2014 Series) 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.