The A-List Approach
Standardized tests dominate the process of applying to colleges. Between SATs, ACTs, AP Exams, and Regents, junior year of high school can become an unbelievable source of stress. With more than 3 million students competing for spots in the world’s best colleges, it’s no surprise that these exams become the focus of families across the world.
A huge part of being successful on these exams is having the right program: this is where A-List comes in. Our tutors give students tools that not only help prepare for these big exams but also foster study skills for the rest of their academic careers.
Beginning with a free consultation with a member of A-list’s staff, your student will be paired with one of our tutors who we feel best complements your student’s personality, goals, academic needs, and his or her interests. For most students, this initial step is the most important. Once we find the right match, we begin the student’s personalized program with weekly lessons, individualized homework assignments, and practice exams.
We give you the opportunity to have a free 30 minute consultation along with a full first session with our tutors before making a commitment. If you don’t continue with our tutor, we wont charge you for the initial session and will match you with another tutor until you and your student are happy with your match.
Learn about our tutoring rates and packages here. Read more below about how A-List stands apart from our competitors.
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What sets us apart from our competitors?
|A-List Education||Other Tutoring Companies|
|Results||Average ACT score improvement of 6 points||Less willing to offer data on average score improvement|
|Expertise||Expert tutors teach all sections of the SAT and/or ACT||Different tutors required for different sections of the test|
|Training||All tutors have completed our 100+ hour training and attend ongoing staff meetings and workshops. They also all studied at top US universities and colleges||Tutors are freelancers with no formal training or uniform curriculum; also some of these companies were founded or are led by people who have not been to US universities at all|
|Official Tests||A-List only tests with official SATs and ACTs, released from College Board and ACT, Inc.||Other companies write their own tests, which can inflate scores and give inaccurate assessments of progress|
|Practice Tests||Practice tests are regularly offered and unlimited to our clients||Many companies charge students each time they take a proctored practice tests|
|Range||Continued, personalized support from freshman year through the college application process||Many are narrowly focused on test prep, with less focus on the development on the whole student|
|Complimentary Intro Session||Free Meet & Greet before you commit to working with a tutor||Many do not have in-person Meet & Greets but have phone consultations|
|Packages & Payment||3 different package options with significant monetary discounts; flexible pricing options and different rates for different tutors||Many do not offer as flexible package options as we do, or their package options start at significantly more hours|
|Test Scoring & Data Analysis||Detailed score report available on the parent platform in one business day whenever students take a test||Can take 3-5 business days to receive diagnostic test report|
|Student Focus||Our program offers study skills, homework help, and support to build confidence and address anxiety or learning challenges (check out our Acceleration program!)||Focus purely on the SAT/ACT, and test-taking tips|
|Experience||12 years of success, with offices worldwide||Limited track record and localized|
|Customer Service||Parents have dedicated client manager to answer all questions||Many do not have an official liaison between tutor and parent|
We provide families with the option of private, individual prep solutions. Convenience and ease of scheduling are critical for families and students that juggle multiple sports, after-school activities, and the large amount of homework that students face towards the end of high school. We work with your schedule to provide the flexibility you need.
Our curriculum can be customized for each individual student’s needs. A cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all curriculum will not work for a student with particular needs. Whether a student is great at reading comprehension but needs help with grammar skills, or is great at algebra but needs help with geometry, our tutors have the expertise to adapt your student’s lessons to match his or her needs.
Some programs place emphasis on either strategy or content; our approach is a combination of both. A-List’s curriculum includes a suite of tips, hints, and alternate methods for addressing questions on every exam. But we also address the underlying principles of the test to gain a better understanding of the exam. A-List educators are all well versed in the foundational aspects of the test, which are often necessary for a student to gain the broader knowledge needed for a large score improvement. Also part of our program, we offer regularly-scheduled practice tests, free of cost, to all of our tutoring clients.
Our goal with A-List prep is to ensure broad understanding and create lasting growth in our students’ level of comprehension across the board. Building the right foundation for students through prep leads to more successful students not just for their standardized test, but for every assignment or test they face for the rest of their academic careers. Our tutors and admissions experts can guide students through every step of the college and graduate school admissions process.
Our tutors are not freelancers or contractors—our staff works full-time for A-List. Each one of our tutors is carefully vetted and put through a rigorous training program to ensure both quality and dedication. Make no mistake—as engaging as the lessons can be, there is no replacement for hard work and dedication on behalf of the student. Through quality instruction, we can inspire each student to work to his or her academic potential.
Our students see dramatic improvements on their test scores. The top 25% of our students improve their ACT score by an average of 7 points. On the SAT, the top 25% of our students improved by an average of 230 points!
Click the get started button below to complete a short survey about your student. An A-List representative will reach out to you the next business day to answer any of your questions about our program and to match you with the right tutor!
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!