Top Policies

You must be 18 years old to test in Hawaii.

In Hawaii, you can be 16 or 17 and take the GED® test if you get approval and adhere to using the Exceptions to Compulsory Education, Form 4140.   For questions regarding the form 4140 please consult with your high school counselor.

No, there is no residency requirement to take the test in Hawaii.

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.

Yes, to receive a diploma from the Hawaii Community School for Adults, you must complete a minimum of 60 hours of adult education instruction prior to testing, however you can test without completing instruction if you only want to receive a transcript. If you do not complete instruction, you will not receive a Hawaii Adult Community School diploma.

The Hawaii State Department of Education requires all students 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.

No, you’re not required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test.

Price & Payment

Hawaii charges $37.50 per module for the GED® test.

You will pay for the test online with a debit or credit card when you schedule your test.

Test Retake Policies

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.

You will receive two discounted retakes for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass. You have 365 days after your full price test to use these retakes. After receiving two retakes at the reduced price, the price of the test subject returns to the regular price. If you do not pass that subject again, you will receive two more retakes at the reduced rate. GED Testing Service waives its $20 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state.

In Hawaii, there is a $10 test center fee and a $7.50 state fee ($17.50 total) for test retakes.

Transcripts & Diploma

The Hawaii State GED® Program has partnered with GED Testing Service for fulfillment of requests for GED® transcripts and diplomas.

After passing the GED® test, you will automatically receive one free electronic diploma, one free electronic transcript. You must take action to receive one free printed diploma.

Electronic Diploma and Transcript

The electronic diploma and transcript download links will be e-mailed to the e-mail address associated with your GED®account once you have passed all GED® test subjects and earned your diploma.

  • Links are only available for a limited time, so be sure to download your electronic documents right away.
  • Follow the instructions provided in the e-mail. These PDF documents are very valuable since they can be forwarded to employers and colleges that accept electronic credentials.
  • The PDF documents are verified by GED Testing Service/Parchment each time they are opened using Blue Ribbon Security. The blue ribbon symbol displayed in the PDF is assurance that the digital credential is valid, the document is authentic, and the contents of the credential have not been altered.

Printed Diploma

The printed diploma can be ordered in your GED® account at GED.com. After logging in, go to My Scores and select Order Duplicates. Select Diploma option and then select the Printed Diploma – Free option.

  • You will then be asked who and what address you want the diploma to be mailed to.
  • The free diploma link will only be available until it has been used and can only be used one time.
  • Carefully follow the instructions presented during the ordering process.

You can request your transcript and diploma here.

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


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

Yes, in Hawaii, you can take the GED® Test in English or Spanish and you can combine the two languages to earn your credential.

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.

Dan Miyamoto
Administrator, Career Readiness Section
Hawaii Department of Education
Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design
(808) 305-9701
Community School for Adults