Hawaii’s Department of Education (DOE) recently announced a new entrance exam that will test high school graduates in English language arts (ESL), math, science, history and social studies (SJ).
For the first time, the new test will be offered at the state’s public schools.
The new test is the result of years of research by the DOE and the Hawaii Institute of Hawaiian Education (HIHI), which is an affiliate of the University of Hawaii.
The DOE’s Office of Admissions announced the new entrance test in April, and the HIHI has been testing students since the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
The new entrance is based on a “briefly developed, simplified examination” developed by the Hawaii Department of Health.
According to the DOE, the exam has been “designed to reduce barriers for high school students who are considering pursuing an advanced degree or certificate, and who have been working to prepare for admission to a college or university.”
The DOE also said that the new exam will be available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese.
The Hawaii Department is taking part in a pilot program for the test that will begin in June 2019.
“This new entrance examination is a very important step forward in providing high school seniors access to high school entrance exams, and a step forward for the Hawaii state’s future,” DOE Director of Educational Services, Richard R. Smith, said in a news release.
“I encourage all Hawaii students and their families to apply for the new entry exam.
The entrance exam is a great way to improve your chances of admission to and succeeding in college.”
According to DOE, Hawaii has seen a recent increase in students attending college or pursuing a degree and, for many, it’s become a key piece of their preparation.
The DOE is also hoping to increase the number of applicants for the next round of the test.
“This pilot program will allow the Department to increase our pool of high school applicants, to make it easier for students to enter the Hawaii public schools, and to improve the exam’s quality by making it more accessible to all Hawaii residents,” Smith said.