GED in Hawaii

Please note that the HiSET exam is no longer offered in Hawaii after December 31, 2021

In Hawaii, the GED test is available at certified GED testing centers. Online GED testing is not possible in Hawaii.

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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 testing fee is $150 for all 4 computer-based tests, $37.50 per section. The HiSET is more affordable.

The GED exam includes four individual subtests (modules) that can be completed separately.

The HiSET exam has five subtests that can also be dealt with individually online or at a test center.

Students need to pass the following GED subtests: math, science, social studies, and literacy. Scoring takes place on a 100-200 scale. GED passing score (high school equivalency): 145-164; college-ready score: 165-174; college-ready + college credit score: 175-200.

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The HiSET passing score is 8 (out of 20) for each of the 5 subtests. Your essay must be a 2 at least, and your total result must be at least 45 points.

The HiSET exam contains five subtests. The literacy section has separate reading and writing tests.

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.

Hawaii GED requirements 

Age requirement in Hawaii: applicants must be at least 16 years old though, for 16 or 17 year-olds, additional strict requirements apply. Underage applicants must use Form 4140 (Exceptions to Compulsory Education). Please contact your school or a GED testing center.    

Hawaii has no residency requirements and you only qualify if you never completed high school and are you not signed up for another school program.

To be able to receive your HSE diploma in Hawaii, you are required to complete at least 60 hours of adult education before you are allowed to sit for the exam.

In Hawaii, you are allowed two subtest retakes without a waiting period. If you fail a subtest three times, however, a 60-day waiting period will be required.

Your first two retakes are offered at a discounted rate of $10 for the test center fee provided you take these retests within one year. After that, the regular fees will apply again.

Hawaii GED prep classes

You can prepare for the GED test by studying online or you can choose a traditional GED prep class near you. Click on your nearest city to find all GED prep sites.

Hawaii GED testing centers

Hickam AFB
US Military NTC – 900 Hangar Ave – Hickam AFB – HI 96853 – Ph: (808) 543.8053
Hangar 2, Room 209-DoD only
Waipahu Comm. School for Adults (Rm B-102) – 155 W Kawili St – Hilo – HI 96720 – Ph: (808) 974.4100
GED in HawaiiHonolulu
McKinley Community School for Adults – 634 Pensacola St – Honolulu – HI 96814 – Ph: (808) 594.0540
McKinley Comm. School for Adults-Maui – 179 Kaahumanu St – Kahului – HI 96732 – Ph: (808) 873.3082
Waipahu School for Adults-Windward Campus – 730 Illiaina St – Kailua – HI 96734 – Ph: (808) 307.1455
Waipahu Comm. School for Adults – Rm F-2 – 74-5062 Onipa’a St – Kailua-Kona – HI 96740 – Ph: (808) 313.3032 (GED and HiSET)
Waipahu School for Adults-Waipahu/Kapolei – 91-5007 Kapolei Pkwy – Kapolei – HI 96707 – Ph: (808) 305.8340
McKinley Community School for Adults (Building P12) – 3607-A Lala Rd – Lihue – HI 96766 – Ph: (808) 274.3390
Pearl Harbor
US Military NTC – 1260 Pierce St – Pearl Harbor – HI 96860 – Ph: (808) 687.7081
Building 679, 2nd Floor, Room 207-DoD only

Schofield Barracks
US Military NTC Education Center (Yano Hall)
Schofield Barracks Campus – Hawaii 96857 – Ph: (808) 748.1935
Wahiawa Comm. School for Adults – 1515 California Ave – Wahiawa – HI 96786, Ph: (808) 305.3200
Waipahu Community School for Adults – 94-1211 Farrington Hwy – Waipahu – HI 96797 – Ph: (808) 307.9677

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Prepare well for the Hawaii GED test

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 or HiSET prep site close to you, go online at, and check out their dates.

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 tests in Science, Math, Social Studies, and Literacy) or the five-test HiSET, make sure to be optimally prepared.

Your local library or bookstore can provide you with decent preparation materials, you can find prep sites via the listing above, and there are some pretty good online preparation courses as well.

Proper preparation is key, but there’s no need to prepare for all four GED or five HiSET tests simultaneously. The subtests can be taken one at a time.

The GED exam

The exam is 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.

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.

Preparation has become more important than ever before, so take advantage of everything that is available.

Online proctored HiSET and GED testing

The HiSET can now be taken in an online version as well and GED Testing Service is also offering the GED exam in an online proctored format. To qualify for online GED testing, you are required to attain a “green” score on the GED Ready® official practice test.

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.

The GED tests are scored on a 100 to 200 scale. 100-144: below-passing; 145-164: high school equivalency; 165-174: college-ready; 175-200: college-ready + college credit.

The five HiSET modules are graded on a 1-20 scale and the passing score on each subtest is 8. Your total score must be in the 45-100 range and your essay score must be at least 2 out of 6.

Free GED online prep in Hawaii

To be successful at the HiSET, students must score at least 8 out of 20 on each of the five subtests, score at least 2 out of 6 on their essay, and achieve an overall score of at least 45.

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.

There is still a lot of information and study materials floating around on the internet for outdated series. There’s a chance that there are still some unreputable companies out there charging for courses developed for older versions of the test.

Before enrolling in any prep course, or buying any study guide, it’s important to make sure that it is for the new version of the GED like the practice tests offered for free on this website.

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 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.

For more information:
Hawaii State Department of Education
Adult Education Program
1390 Miller St, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808.784.6200

FAQ about GED in Hawaii

How to get a GED in Hawaii?

To get your GED in Hawaii, you must attain passing scores on the four GED subtests or on the five HiSET subtests. Hawaii is using two options for the state’s high school equivalency testing program, the computer-formatted GED and the HiSET which is offered both on a computer and on paper.

What are the Hawaii GED testing requirements?

The GED and HiSET tests are for people who don’t hold a high school diploma. In Hawaii, test-takers must be at least 16 years of age though, for 16/17-year-olds, strict additional requirements count. State residency is not required but test-takers must first complete 60 hours of adult education before they qualify.

What is the GED cost in Hawaii?

In Hawaii, the entire GED exam costs $150 or 37.50 per individual subtest. For the cost of the HiSET exam, please contact a test center. You can take and pay for one of the GED or HiSET subtests at a time.


Last Updated on September 6, 2021.