The General Educational Development (GED) Test, a program of the American Council of Education, provides a valid means of measuring the educational achievement of adults who are non-high school graduates and of comparing their academic competence with that of high school graduates.

Individuals who successfully complete the test battery will receive an official GED transcript and may qualify for a State of Hawaii Community School diploma. The diploma may provide graduates the opportunity to enter the military service, gain college admission, increase income, increase job qualifications, or assist in obtaining work advancement.

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GED Test time: 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
GED Test fee [five tests]: $150.00 cash (non-refundable)
GED re-test fee [per test]: $30.00 cash (non-refundable)
GED Test consist of five subtests:

Note: starting January 1, 2012, GED will launch a new series of GED tests. All partial scores from subtests taken prior to January 1, 2012 will be invalid.
Language Arts : Writing

The questions on the Writing subtest are intended to assess the student's ability on sentence structure, usage, organization and mechanics. Business communications documents such as letters and reports are used. "How to" passages such as dressing for success, leasing a car, planning a trip may be also used. Skills including transitions, text divisions, topic sentences, and unity/coherence are also used to measure writing skills. An essay portion is included and must be passed to satisfactorily completer the writing subtest.

Part 1: Multiple Choice (75-minutes)
Mechanics: 25%
Sentence Structure: 30%
Organization: 15%

Part II: Essay (45-minutes)
Plan, draft, revise and write an essay
Social Studies

The candidate must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse and democratic society in an interdependent world. The Social Studies subtest will assess comprehension, application, analysis and evaluation. It covers national and global materials. Practical document(s) such as voters' guides, or tax forms may be used. Excerpt(s) are used from the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and/or Federalist Papers.

Land-mark Supreme Court cases may be used.

Economics: 20%
Geography: 15%
Civics & Government: 25%
Natural History: 25%
World History: 15%

The Science test questions are drawn from life science, earth science, space science, and physical science (physics and chemistry). Questions relate to environmental and health topics such as recycling, heredity, disease prevention, pollution, climate, an on science's relevance to everyday life. Assessments are base on conceptual understanding, problem solving and graphic stimuli.

Life Science: 45%
Physical Science (Chemistry & Physics): 35%
Earth & Space Sciences: 25%
Language Arts: Reading

The Reading subtest questions will assess comprehension, application, analysis and synthesis. Most of the questions will reflect higher order and critical thinking skills. Content areas are defined by the type of texts: Literary and Nonfiction. Included are comparing/contrasting business documents, and visual representation questions.

Literary Texts: 75%
Poetry, Drama, Prose, Fiction/Non-fiction: 25%

The mathematics subtest includes assessments in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, number relations, data analysis, statistics, probability and set-up questions where candidates must identify correct ways to solve problems. Charts, graphs and tables are also included. All candidates will be issued the Casio fx 260 Solar Calculator by the test center for Part I of the subtest.

Part I: 45-minutes (with calculator use)
Part II: 45-minutes (No calculator use)

Number Operations & Number Sense: 25%
Measurement & Geometry: 25%
Data Analysis, Statistics & Probability: 25%
Algebra, Functions & Patterns: 25%