Frequently Asked Questions

When should I take the ACT?

We recommend that you achieve your goal score by June of your Junior year, before college and scholarship applications are due.  This avoids last-minute pressure to get to that certain score when the deadlines are fast approaching.  Therefore it is recommended that a student take the ACT the first time in fall or February of the Junior year to allow time to reach that goal score.


How many times can I take the ACT?

According to the ACT website – the maximum number of times you may take the test is 12.  There are some re-testing restrictions as well.  Please see for complete information.  Most students take the test at least 2-3 times to achieve their goal scores.


Should I take the ACT writing test?

Because each university has a different policy about the writing test, it is best to directly contact the admissions offices of the schools in which your student is interested and ask about this requirement.

What is the comprehensive class fee?

Our class fee is $400. This includes all materials,18-20 hours of instruction with specialized instructors, and a mock test.  


Where do classes meet?

Classes are held at Samford University in Homewood, AL near Birmingham or at Shades Mtn. Baptist Church in Vestavia.


What does it cost to repeat the class?

Very few students need to repeat the whole course, but if that is determined to be the best option for a particular student, the cost is $200 (half-price).  We look at each individual student to determine the best option of several to continue to raise scores.

What is the Ultimate class?
We are offering a course specifically designed for those who have completed Faye Nichols' comprehensive class but who wish to increase scores even more.  It will continue to build skills that were learned in the course while using all new materials.  There will be instruction from each subject area teacher and practice on all four subjects each class meeting. The Ultimate class fee is $295. 

How do I register to take the ACT?

You must register online to take the ACT.  All testing dates and registration information can be found at  Note that registration deadlines are well ahead of the test date, so register early.  This is also important for getting your first choice of testing center. Note - when choosing a testing center, keep in mind that you must put in the city name such as Hoover or Vestavia to see those sites.  They do not show up when you list Birmingham as the city.


Am I allowed to use a graphing calculator on the ACT?

Graphing calculators are allowed, however the TI-89 is NOT.  For a complete list of acceptable calculators, please see