Co-Founder, Director of Staff and Curriculum Development & Senior Tutor, New York
Columbia University (BA)
Subject Specialties: SAT/ACT, SAT Math I/II Subject Tests, College Essays
Score Improvements: +7 ACT points (average improvement) +11 ACT points (highest improvement). | We are still accumulating data on score improvements for the new SAT. On average, A-List students improve 150-200 SAT points.
John resides in Stamford, CT with his wife and young son. What is now his full-time job began as just a part-time job while he was studying to be a screenwriter at Columbia University. But, as John facetiously likes to say, “Since no one bought anything that I wrote, I had no choice but to continue teaching.” Recruited by his friend and colleague Scott Farber, John is actually one of the five founders of A-List.
When Scott presented John with the opportunity to build a better mouse trap, he was more than ready. Before he joined A-List, John was already familiar with the test-preparation industry, having worked as both a director and teacher for several test-preparation companies. During that time, John estimates that he taught over 3000 students from Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester, New Jersey, and all five boroughs of New York City. He has researched the SAT and ACT, spoken about the SAT and ACT, written materials on the SAT and ACT, and has actually taken quite a few of them too over the years.
“John Oh was an exceptional tutor and a great fit for my son, right off the bat they hit it off. John’s energy and patience helped my son achieve the score he wanted. He never discouraged him from taking the test many times, rather gave him the confidence he needed to keep going. I currently have a son in 9th grade and will definitely use John again for him!”
-Father of Gabriel S. (SAR High School, 2019)
I think A-List is a great organization. My tutor was positive and tailored the material to my learning style. She made learning each subject fun and presented new topics in an engaging fashion. Thank you so much to A-List for helping me achieve my personal best!
A-List gave me more than just practice tests and test-taking tips, though these were invaluable. My tutor connected with me on a personal level and helped me understand that I was capable of getting the score I wanted. Suddenly, I viewed my test-taking experience as a challenge, not a burden. I walked into my ACT with the confidence that I knew exactly how to conquer every aspect of the test.”
Mother of Phoebe C.
Both my children had an amazing experience with A-List! Steadily, she worked hard to improve her test scores. Taking the practice tests allowed her to gain confidence and learn to manage her time during the tests. Then a college advisor helped her write her college essays. She was an amazing guide who helped Phoebe focus and streamline her supplements and essays. Now she will be attending her dream college, Rice University, School of Architecture!