Pat yourself on the back! This strategic move to get your GED® in Hawaii can mean a more successful and lucrative future. Earn your GED®, move ahead at work, school, or both, and enjoy more opportunities for a better life. As a resident or non-resident, you can earn a high school equivalency diploma if you live in Hawaii. We’ll show you how and assist when you need it. Learn more now!  

FAQs for Earning a GED in Hawaii

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How old do I need to be to take the test?

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.

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • A parent or guardian must be present at the pre-test check-in to give consent and authorize the underage tester to be recorded during testing. If the parent or guardian is not present, the exam session will be revoked. 

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.

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

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

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • Yes, you are required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test online. 


Price & Payment

What is my cost if I test at a Test Center?

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


What is my cost if I test Online?

  • Hawaii charges $43.50 per subject for the GED® test taken online.

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

Test Retake Policies

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center

  • 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.

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • The Online Proctored Exam allows for one retake before a 60 day waiting period. After taking a test subject two times online, you’ll have to wait 60 days before retesting.  

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

  • 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.


For those testing on the Online Exam:

  • The Online Proctored Exam costs $43.50 for a retake in Hawaii. Discounted retakes are not offered on the Online Proctored Exam. 

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.


For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • 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.


For those testing on the Online Exam:

  • No, you must schedule your test appointments separately, one at a time. After you complete one online exam you may schedule another, based on appointment availability.

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
Director TA

Curriculum Innovation Branch
Career Readiness Section
Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design
Hawaii Department of Education
(808) 305-9700


How to Get a GED® in Hawaii

Let’s get started. To begin this process, you can’t be enrolled in school, and you can’t already have earned a high school diploma. If you haven’t graduated and are 18 or older, you must complete 60 hours of adult education classes. Then you can prepare for and take the GED. What if you’re under 18 years of age? You must be at least sixteen, and additional requirements apply, including the following:
  • Official withdrawal from school
  • Parental consent
  • Local school board approval
You can take the GED® at a testing center for $150 or online from the location of your choice for $174. Start right now at no cost to you! Sign up here for a free account. As the official testing site, we’ll provide easy-to-follow instructions and answer all your questions as you go. Already have an account set up with us? Log in now. Set aside 2–3 months to properly study and prepare. Once you pass the test, you’ll receive a Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma, meaning you’ve acquired the same knowledge as any other high school graduate.

Find GED® Classes in Hawaii Near You

Many students prefer learning in person. You might retain knowledge better in a traditional classroom environment. If you do your best outside your home or office, find one of our in-person locations for the GED® in Hawaii. You’ll find our in-person classes provide the following:
  • Experienced teachers
  • Supportive staff
  • Dynamic learning environments
  • Interaction with like-minded students
  • Flexible dates/times for those with other responsibilities
  • Guidance
  • Encouragement
  • Thorough preparation
  • Employment counseling
  • College prep sessions
  • Helpful reviews
  • Practice tests
Testing centers near you can also provide a safe and quiet space to take the GED® online. Click here to find some of these in-person options today.

GED® Tests Online in Hawaii

You can prepare for this important exam in Hawaii and take it at a testing center or from your chosen location. If you’re taking the GED® from somewhere other than a testing center, ensure you have a stable Wi-Fi connection, a working computer with a functioning webcam, and a private workspace. Take advantage of online learning programs to prepare from anywhere in the world. These online classes and learning opportunities are great for students who work full-time and/or have family responsibilities. Meet remotely with teachers, study, take practice quizzes, and learn test-taking tips without commuting times or hassles and at times that work for you. You must earn a passing score on the GED Ready® practice test to take the test online. That means you’re ready to go! Learn more about the benefits of getting your GED® online today.

Plan for a Bright Future Today

Take a step in the right direction. Learn where you can take GED® classes, and when you’re ready, schedule your GED® test. Prepare yourself for a brighter future now!