Hawaii is offering two options for high school equivalency (HSE) testing, the GED® and the HiSET.
HSE testing offers individuals who haven’t completed high school the chance to acquire an equivalent credential.
The GED is entirely computer-formatted while the HiSET is offered on-paper and on-computer.
GED Test Fee is $150 for all 4 computer-based tests, $37.50 per section. Retesting:$37.50 per section.
The GED exam includes four individual subtests (modules) that can be completed within a two-year time frame. This only counts for the GED.
Students need to pass the following tests: math, science, social studies, and literacy. GED passing score (high school equivalency): 145 per each GED subject.
The HiSET passing score is 8 (out of 20) for each of the 5 tests. Your essay must be a 2 at least, and you total result must be at least 45 points.
HiSET is not modular and contains five subtests. The literacy section has separate reading and writing tests.
The GED and HiSET are not available online. You will have to show up in person at an official GED-HiSET test center.
After passing the GED or HiSET exam, you are awarded the HSE diploma. This document is nationwide accepted as the equivalency of a regular high school diploma by virtually all recruiters, employers, government institutions, and universities.
GED and HiSET – Hawaii requirements
Age requirement in Hawaii: 18 (for 16 or 17 yr. old’s there are special arrangements.
Hawaii has no residency requirements.
You never completed high school and are you not engaged in another school activity.
GED Classes in and around:
You can prepare for the GED test by studying online.
You can also choose traditional GED Prep classes near you.
Hawaii GED-HiSET Testing Centers
Community School for Adults – 450 Waianuenue Ave C-3, Hilo, HI 96720, 808-974-4100
Farrington Community School for Adults – 1101 Kalihi St, U101, Honolulu, HI 96819, 808-832-3595
Kaimuki Community School for Adults – 2705 Kaimuki Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, 808-733-8460
McKinley Community School for Adults – 634 Pensacola Street, Room 216, Honolulu, HI 96814, 808-594-0540
Moanalua/Aiea Community School for Adults,- 2825-A Ala Ilima St., Honolulu, HI 96818, 808 – 837-8466
Maui Community School for Adults – 179 Kaahumanu St, Kahului, HI 96732, 808-873-3082
Windward School for Adults – 730 Iliaina St., Kailua, HI 96734, 808-254-7955
Kailua-Kona School for Adults – 74-5062 Onipa’a Street F-2, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, 808-313-3032
Kauai Community School for Adults – 3607-A Lala Rd, P-12, Lihue, HI 96766, 808-274-3390
Wahiawa Community School for Adults – 1515 California Ave, Wahiawa, HI 96786, 808-305-3200
Waipahu Community School for Adults – 94-1211 Farrington Hwy, Waipahu, HI 96797, 808-307-9677
Questions? Call Hawaii’s state office at 808-203-5511
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Prepare well for the Hawaii GED
You can sign up for the GED or HiSET exam if you have no high school diploma, and are not currently signed up for any school program. Contact your local GED test center for details or check our posts where you can find information as well.
If you want to go for your HSE certificate or diploma, the following guidelines will get you ahead: Find a GED-HiSET prep site close to you and check out their dates and fees. Beware of specific application policies, as they may differ. Get to understand as many relevant details from your local GED prep center as possible.
When taking the GED tests (four independent test on Science, Math, Social Studies, and Literacy) or the five-test HiSET, make sure to be optimally prepared.
Your local bookstore can provide you with decent preparation materials, you can find prep sites via the listing above, and there are also some pretty good online preparation courses as well.
One GED test at a time
Proper preparation is key, but there’s no need to prepare for all four test simultaneously. The four GED subtests can be taken one at a time and you’ll have two years to complete the entire battery from the moment of your first registration! This does not apply to the HiSET exam.
The GED exam
You surely know that the GED test was totally remodeled as it had to in line again with college and university standards and modern-day industry requirements. The exam is now entirely computer-based and directs students better towards knowledge and skills required by employers so the test takers will be adequately prepared for the employment market and college education.
In the past, there had been some concern regarding the overall credibility of the GED test as the alternative to a high school diploma. These worries have been addressed and the level to pass the examination was raised. The computer-based GED exam has some significant advantages: registration is now easier (online), and students can see their scores right after they took the exam. With the former GED test system, they needed to wait in anxiety for at least two weeks.
What has not changed is that you must go to an official GED testing site to sit for the exam. The latest version of the GED test (2014 series) has 4 subject areas while the former test covered 5 subject areas (reading and writing were combined), but the good thing is that the new test is more comprehensive.
Online GED or HiSET testing?
Preparation has become more important than ever before, so take advantage of everything that is available. Be aware that many fraudulent websites tell you can take the GED or the HiSET test online, but that is not true, the GED or HiSET exam is simply NOT offered via the internet. If you don’t have a high school diploma, the GED exam offers you a wonderful chance to secure a document that is comparable to a high school degree, so take advantage of this opportunity to improve your income and your living standards. Your future can start right now and will be much brighter if you so!
The GED diploma will surely improve your career options and allows for higher education. Don’t forget to check our article about signing up for your GED exam with the portal MyGED.
The HiSET has five testing fields (a separate test for writing and one for reading) and can be taken both on a computer and on paper.
In January 2016, the GED passing score changed from 150 to 145 on each subtest as apparently the bar was raised slightly too high. Learn more here. The HiSET has a different scoring system. Make sure that you will actually be able to take the GED before enrolling in any prep course. You could end up spending time and money preparing for the wrong test if you’re forced to take an alternative one.
The test has changed
The GED test was overhauled in 2014. The test is now referred to as the 2014 Series GED. The previous version was the 2002 Series. There is still a lot of information and study materials floating around on the internet for the outdated 2002 series. There’s a chance that there are still some unreputable companies out there charging for courses developed for the old test. Before enrolling in any prep course, or buying any study guide, it’s important to make sure that it is for the 2014 Series GED like the practice tests offered for free on this website.
Not every prep course is worth your money
There are a lot of GED prep sites and courses that do little more than copy and paste the resources that are freely available from GED Testing Services at GED.com. If you’re going to pay any company for GED prep, first compare all of their offerings to your free options to determine if the course has any real value before you sign up.
Differences in learning styles
Everyone learns in their own way. We can objectively measure the overall quality of an online GED prep course and this website’s in particular, but there is no way for us to measure how you will respond to the teaching. Our top recommended course may not work as well for you as a lower ranking one. It’s for this reason that we included free trials in our metrics. Regardless of our recommendations, you should take advantage of any free lessons to see if the course is a good fit for your learning style.