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Questions and Answers


High School Equivalency Program


Do I need a high school diploma?  


Yes, in today's competitive job market a high school equivalency degree can be a tremendous help.  Studies show that people who have completed high school make on average 5,000 dollars more per year in income.  Nicaea Academy High School Online offers an opportunity for you to complete high school online for a low cost.  


Nicaea Academy is a full K to 12th-grade school located in Naples, Florida in 1996.



What does the pre-test look like?


The Nicaea High School Equivalency (HSET Pretest)

Understanding the basics

Applicants for the Nicaea Academy High School Equivalency Test (HSET) are required to successfully complete the pretest.  The pretest consists of 25 questions each in the of the same subject areas that covered in the final examination.  These include Faith-Life Skills, Language Arts, Reading, Basic Mathematics, History-Social Studies, and Science.    

Why do I have to take a pretest?

The pre-test is intended to: 

  1. Evaluate the student's current academic knowledge in comparison to the what is required to pass the final test

  2. Assist the student in identifying those areas in which additional study may be required, and

  3. Serve as a practice examination to give the student an accurate idea of what to expect on the final test.


What will the pre-test look like?


The HSET pre-test will contain the same types of questions that will be on the final HSET test.  There is no time limit for this test.

Taking an official Pre-HSET test gives you a similar testing experience, so not only will you be familiar with the type of questions used, but you'll also have a better idea as to what to expect when it comes time to take the actual examination.

HSET Pretest Resources

There are many convenient websites which offer high school equivalency study resources.  While some do charge a fee, many of these are free of charge.  Other resources include local libraries, schools, community centers and colleges, as well as universities.


A new beginning...


People from all walks of life have begun their careers by earning a high school equivalency and later gone on become highly successful in their respective fields.  As a matter of fact, many who have earned a high school equivalency diploma have continued their schooling to receive not only an Associate's or Bachelor's degree but a Master's or Doctorate degree as well.

Instead of thinking of earning a high school equivalency diploma as an end to your educational efforts, why not think of it as merely the beginning?  You're off to a great start!  


How is this test different from the local GED test?

The Nicaea Academy High School Equivalency test is an alternative to the GED test, covering subjects that are part of a high school curriculum at Nicaea Academy’s High School.

How can I prepare to take the tests?

Passing the Nicaea HSET test may require some preparation on your part. Some individuals prepare by taking classes or studying GED books and other materials. Others focus on the subjects where they feel they need practice.  


To determine how you should best prepare for the tests, students may take the HSET pre-test.  This test will provide valuable information on the subject areas in which you may require additional study.

Where do I go to take the test?

All tests are completely 100% online.  


How much does it cost?

Nicaea High School requires a testing fee of $99.95 which includes access to the online exam section and all tests. Because a student works at his own pace, the student(s) may take as much time as needed to study and pass all pre-tests and final tests.  Please note that all final tests have a time limit.  


There is a graduation fee of $39.95 for a mailed diploma and transcript. Typically, your diploma will be available immediately in the exam online center after successfully passing the tests.



How old must I be to take the test?

All candidates must be at least 18 years of age. A US state drivers license number is required for proof of age (under 18 years of age requires a letter from the local board of education and notarized letter from the student's parent or legal guardian).

Can I take tests individually or do I have to take them all at once?

Yes. Although the final tests are timed, students may take (and pass) one section at a time.

What do the Nicaea Tests Look Like?

All questions on the Nicaea Tests are provided in a multiple choice format and cover academic knowledge and skills in core areas required in a traditional private high school curriculum.  


Test areas include:


  • Faith-Life Skills (nondenominational),

  • Language

  • Mathematics

  • History-Social Studies

  • Science




How will I know if I passed the tests?


The tests are administered online and give you immediate feedback. To earn a Nicaea Equivalency Diploma, you must earn a minimum standard score of 70% on each of tests. Candidates who pass the tests are issued a Nicaea Academy High School Equivalency Diploma once their graduation application is approved. Students will typically receive their diploma and transcript online in the exam testing area after successfully passing the tests. If in the event the candidate fails to earn scores high enough to receive a diploma, he/she may retake all or selected subject area tests to achieve passing scores.  

High School Equivalency Program Step by Step

1. Students sign up through
2. Students review and pass the high school subject practice tests.
3. After all practice tests are passed, the student may take the timed, final tests in all subject areas.
4. Once a student passes all of the subject area final tests, they will receive their High School Equivalency Diploma.
5. Students pay the high school graduation fee and provide proof of age (must be over 18 years of age).
6. Once all information is verified, their high school diploma will be available online to them.

All applicants are considered without regard to sex, race, handicap, or national origin.



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