A Guide to the Hawaii GED

Hawaii is a beautiful place to live but it can be difficult to find employment if you don’t have a high school diploma. If you were unable to graduate from high school for some reason, you can still earn a General Educational Development (GED) certificate that will help you get a job or enter the college you want. Here are a few frequently asked questions about the Hawaii GED.

What is on the Hawaii GED Test?

The Hawaii GED exam uses the same format as GED tests in other states. The test is broken up into five sections that focus on main subjects high school students must study: reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Two of the exams are broken down further into two parts.

In part one of the language arts writing exam, testers must answer multiple choice questions on mechanics, usage, sentence structure, and organization. In part two, testers are required to write an essay. The mathematics test focuses on number operations and sense, measurement and geometry, data analysis and statistics, and algebra. A calculator is allowed for part one of the math exam but not for part two.

How Is the Hawaii GED Exam Scored?

The entire GED test is worth 4,000 points. To pass the exam, you must score at least 2,250 points, which is an average of 450 points per exam. Any test that scores below 410 points will be failed. You can retake the portions of the test you failed but you must complete the entire test prior to doing so.

Who Can Take the Hawaii GED?

Anyone aged 16 or older can take the Hawaii GED exam. However, 16 and 17 year olds must obtain permission. The requirements for underage test takers vary between GED exam centers, so it is best to contact the one nearest you for up-to-date information. While there is no residency requirement, you must have completed at least one semester of high school at an accredited public or private Hawaii high school or adult education school.

Registering and Paying for the Hawaii GED Exam

The GED testing centers are located at local community schools for adults. You must submit an application to take the test and pay the fee in advance. At that time, you will schedule an appointment to take the exam. It costs $75 for the full battery of tests and $15 per individual test for retakes. The Hawaii Department of Education has a list of community schools for adult on their website (www.doe.k12.hi.us)

Preparing for the Hawaii GED Test

The community schools for adults offers GED preparatory courses to help you prepare for the GED exam. The instructors will go through all of the material related to the exam which is designed to increase your competency in reading, writing, and math so you can successfully pass the test. This option is good for people who have been out of school for awhile and prefer the structure of a classroom.

If you don’t have time to attend a prep class, you can study on your own using GED study guides available at bookstores, the library, and online retailers. This option requires discipline but offers the freedom of being able to study on your own time. There are also numerous websites that offer more study materials as well as practice exams.
 

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