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Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.


State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Different Languages


State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In Hawaii, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 18 years old.   

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

This rule changes based on which state you’re taking the test. In Hawaii, you can be 16 or 17 and take the GED® test if you meet the following exception:

  • The GED® test may be administered to qualified individuals 16 years of age or older. The established procedures to obtain clearance for under-aged youth, ages 16 and 17, must be adhered to using the Exceptions to Compulsory Education, Form 4140.

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

Yes, to receive a diploma from the Hawaii Community School for Adults, test-takers must complete a minimum of 60 hours of adult education instruction prior to testing, however test-takers can test without completing instruction if they only want to receive a transcript. Test-takers who do not complete instruction will not receive a Hawaii Adult Community School diploma from the state of Hawaii. Instruction must be done prior to taking the GED® test.  

The Hawaii State Department of Education requires all candidates seeking a Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma to have a minimum of 1/2 a credit from an accredited private or public high school or at a community school for adults in Hawaii in order to receive a Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma. Please contact your local Hawaii Community School for Adults for more information.

Candidates seeking to earn only a transcript of their GED® test results, and not a Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma, can be exempted from the credit requirement. Please contact your local Hawaii Community School for Adults for more information. 

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

No, you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of Hawaii to take the test?

In Hawaii you are not required to be a resident to test there.

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

For Hawaii: Hawaii doesn’t have a residency requirement.

Are there any additional state requirements for me to pass my GED® test?

There aren’t any additional requirements in Hawaii. If you have more questions about the state’s testing program, please contact the state office at (808) 305-9779.


Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

Hawaii charges $37.50 per subject. There are 4 subject areas.

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in Hawaii you can take all test parts on the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue my testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

You’re not required to be a resident of Hawaii to take the test there.    

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?

There is no time limit to finish the test in Hawaii.

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

You need to score a 145 on each module and 580 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-144
  • GED® Passing Score: 145-164
  • GED® College Ready: 165-174
  • GED® College Ready + Credit: 175-200

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

In Hawaii, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year. 

Retake rules are enforced for students retesting in different languages. For example, if you take an English test three times, then move to a Spanish test, the GED Testing Service 60-day wait period is enforced. If a state has additional retesting requirements, these requirements will also be enforced.

Questions? Call Hawaii’s state office at (808) 305-9779.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all four subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed.

In Hawaii, you are not required to finish the entire battery before re-testing in a subject area.


GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your diploma. Have you contacted your local testing center or state administrator yet?

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can call your state’s office at (808) 305-9779 to find out more about your credential.

Why do I need to work with my jurisdiction? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations.

Because of the state-by-state differences, GED Testing Service doesn’t issue diplomas. That’s why we encourage you to work closely with your state to get an answer. You can call Hawaii’s state office at (808) 305-9779.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In Hawaii you have no time limit to complete all four content areas.

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

To get a copy of your Hawaii GED® transcripts or diploma, contact the Hawaii GED Administrator™ at the Hawaii State Department of Education:

Annette Young-Ogata
GED Administrator
Hawaii Department of Education
Community Education Section
475 22nd Avenue
Room 205
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 305-9779
Fax: (808) 733-9154

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Hawaii the credential is called the Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma.

GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in Hawaii you can take the GED® test in Spanish.

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Hawaii’s state office at (808) 305-9779.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

In Hawaii, the French language version of the GED® test is not available.

Questions? Please contact Hawaii’s state office at (808) 305-9779.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

Yes, Hawaii residents are allowed to combine English and Spanish language versions of the GED® test to earn the GED® test credential.

Questions? Please contact Hawaii’s state office at (808) 305-9779.

Does Hawaii have requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in Hawaii.