This article contains a full listing of GED® prep locations and test centers in the Hilo region.
Hawaii is using the computer-formatted GED exam for its High School Equivalency testing program.
The GED exam has four separate subtests in these subject fields: science, math, social studies, and literacy.
Hawaii also introduced the HiSET exam for high school equivalency (HSE) testing.
The HiSET has five testing fields and is offered both on paper and on a computer.
You can take one of the four GED subtests at a time you are ready to do so. Scores will remain valid for two years from the time of your first registration.
The HiSET subtests can be taken separately as well.
GED or HiSET testing needs to done at a designated test site. There is NO online testing option.
Hilo area GED preparation classes
Department of public safety
60 Punahele Street, Hilo, HI 96720, Phone: 808-933-0781
Community School for Adults Hilo Campus
155 W Kawili Street Rm P27, Hilo, HI 96720, Phone: 808-974-4100
Hilo Public Library-Adult Education
300 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720, Phone: 808-933-8893
Goodwill Industries of Hawaii
500 Kalanianaole Avenue, Ste 3, Hilo, HI 96720, Phone: 808-836-0313
Goodwill has been helping people with disabilities for more than 30 years. The organization offers three Hawaii service sites in Honolulu, Hilo, and Kapolei, and services include, among many other great initiatives, vocational training to develop professional skills, and education. Good work.
Paxen Learning Corporation
1990 Kinoole Street, Suite 102, Hilo, HI 96720, Phone: 808-981-2860 x 229
Hawaii National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy
1787 Shangrila Street, Kapolei, HI 96707, Phone: 808-673-7530 x 220
McKinley Comm. School for Adult Education
634 Pensacola St (Room 216) – Honolulu – HI 96814 – Ph: 808.594.0540
For all Honolulu and Maui locations go to Honolulu and Maui GED Classes
Kona Literacy Council-Adult Education
75-5766 Kuakini Highway, Suite 106-A, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, Phone: 808-329-1180
Kailua-Kona School for Adults Kona Campus
74-5062 Onipa’a Street F-2, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, Phone: 808-313-3032
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Hilo area GED-HiSET testing centers
Hilo Community School for Adults
155 W Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720, Phone: 808-974-4100
Kailua-Kona School for Adults
74-5062 Onipa’a Street F-2, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, 808-313-3032
Holding the Hawaii HSE (high school equivalency) diploma demonstrates that you have academic skills that are equivalent to those of a high school graduate. More than 95% of US universities and colleges and about 96% of employers in the United States accept HSE diplomas in lieu of conventional high school diplomas because they are deemed to be equivalent. By working towards earning your GED or HiSET exam and securing the HSE diploma, you can have an opportunity to enroll in higher education and an opportunity for a well-paying job.
If you want to know everything about the new GED program, go to GED.com and find it all out. You can register with MyGED for registration, scheduling, payments, and all sorts of interesting facts about employment and education. In fact, this is a great portal that educates you on higher education possibilities, school programs and courses, career options, and market developments. Go check it out and benefit from this great source of information. The passing score on each GED subtest was reduced to 145. The HiSET is scored differently but these modules may also be dealt with individually.
Is there an online GED or HiSET test?
Though the GED exam is delivered in a “digitalized” format, you cannot take the GED and HiSET tests via the internet. States require you to show up in person at designated testing centers where (and that’s a great change) you can take one of the four GED tests at a time. There no longer is the need to do it all at one time. Just prepare for one part, and take that test when you are all set to do so. You are allowed two years to complete all four GED tests from your initial registration. This does not apply to the HiSET exam!
Test Taking Tips
How to study for GED tests – Many people wonder how they can study for the GED test. As a matter of fact, preparation is a core ingredient when facing any examination. You may have gained immense experience through lifelong learning and on the job experience, but it’s important to know that standardized GED tests offer a level of rigor which requires that you have a solid knowledge of whatever is to be tested.
No matter your ability, you can be pretty sure that you will be better placed to do well on your tests if you spend some time preparing. Our website will help provide you with the material and other resources which you need to pass the examinations. Contact one of the facilities listed above, study at home using books from your local library or the bookstore, or when you are well-disciplined, sign up for free HI online GED classes.
GED opens windows for new opportunities
When you are a Hawaii HSE diploma holder, you will be able to benefit from many new opportunities that will come your way. Your new qualification can help you select your new career since you will have found a fantastic way to bridge your experience, education and skills gap between your old and new careers.
Although transferable skills such as communication skills come handy when changing career, it forms an integral component of a career change. However, it’s often a requirement to obtain more experience and training before you land yourself a job in a new career field. You should research whether you really need additional certifications, training or education.
It’s also of paramount importance that you set aside some time to consult or volunteer in your new career field. Find internships or temporary works which will help you get exposed. This is what some experts would call developing parallel careers before you quit your current job and scout for a new job in your new field. If you have remained in the same position for a couple of years, there are many possibilities that things have changed immensely in the job market since the last time you were out there and if you are thirsty for success, you will have to take the initiative and update your skills.
The most admirable thing is that while preparing for GED, you will have upgraded some of the important skills, so it will be much easier. Do a review of your resume and make it better. Ensure that your interview skills are polished and master the art of networking. Remember that GED certificate opens you a new world of opportunities.
Hilo (population 44,000) is situated on Hawaii’s Big Island of Hawaii, and the surrounding landscape is stunning. From black, brown, gray, or white sandy beaches to gorgeous mountain ranges and spectacular waterfalls, the island has it all. If you are in the city, you should visit the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo, actually the only zoo in the United States that is situated in a tropical rainforest. You can also visit the snow-capped mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, as well as the active volcano Kilauea Caldera.
The town of Hilo has a lively downtown area where you can find great shops, the finest international restaurants, and a farmer’s market for the freshest regional products. Hilo has quite a few fine museums that perfectly demonstrate the region’s rich heritage and play a vital role in the education of the city’s residents.
Further education options
The Hawaii HSE credential is your stepping stone toward a better job or to education at a college, university, or trade school. Check out a few Hilo area options:
The University of Hawaii at Hilo (200 W Kawili St, Hilo, HI 96720, 808-932-7446)
Hawaii Community College (200 W Kawili St, Hilo, HI 96720, 808-934-2500)
Hawaii Institute of Healthcare and Training Services (1059 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, 808-933-1295)
Big Island Academy of Massage (211 Kino’ole St, Hilo, HI 96720, 808-936-5255)
Big Island Beauty College (200 Kanoelehua Ave # 100-a, Hilo, HI 96720, 808-969-6450)
Mid-Pacific Medical School (180 Kinoole St, Ste 210, Hilo, HI 96720, 808-935-5050)
Ho’ola O Lomilomi Lapa’au Clinic Massage School (93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, 808-961-3118)
WCSA-Hilo Campus (155 W Kawili St, P27, Hilo, HI 96720, 808-974-4100)
Where to take the HSE test
There are many registered HSE testing centers in every state and if you search online, you will definitely find a center that is near you (see also the listing above). Go to GED.com to discover relevant information on everything related to the GED program.