What Schools & Nonprofits are Saying

  • 98.1% of SAT/ACT professional development attendees agreed their A-List professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 99.6% of SAT/ACT professional development attendees agreed their A-List seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 99.7% of SAT/ACT professional development attendees agreed their A-List instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

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Accord Education, UT

  • 99% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 95% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“John was very engaging and enthusiastic.”

“Everything is great. I’m impressed! Very helpful. Thank you so much!”

“Everything was great and very well presented. Thanks.”

Beaver County School District, UT

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“Your vast knowledge was so impressive! Most importantly, the way in which you presented all the information was very easy to understand. Simple is better!”


Bedford County School District, TN

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.
  • 100% of attendees agreed they would recommend this seminar to a colleague.

“As a math instructor, everything was very helpful in aiding me with ACT prep for my students.”

“You provided several tips that I will incorporate in my math classes to prepare my students for the math portion of the ACT.”

“This is very helpful for standardized test prep. The people are awesome.”

Scott’s knowledge base was amazing. His presentation of the materials was flawless and so helpful, I can’t stress enough how beneficial this information was–a pleasant PD surprise!

“I enjoyed the high energy and fast pace. High volume of material and voice projection.”

“Scott was informative and entertaining.”

Scott was an excellent presenter! We could spent so much more time on this!”

Scott covered numerous topics and still allowed time for our questions.”

“A great start to understanding how to go about creating and implementing an ACT program/classes in our school.”

“Question: What will you take from this workshop that will help your students? Answer: Knowing there is a company (A-List) that has a pile of resources that will aid our students preparation for the ACT.”

“In tackling this for the first time, all of the info was very valuable!”

“Very engaging presentation. The presenter was able to give lots of ideas and tips to implement program.”


Besant Hill High School, CA

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“All the materials/lessons/instructors are amazing. So happy with this course.”

“Awesome instructors—enthusiastic and engaging.”


Blue Ridge High School, PA

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.
  • 100% of attendees agreed they would recommend this seminar to a colleague.

“The demonstrations of activities John does with his students were extremely helpful.”

John was amazing and engaging. He is very knowledgeable and excited about A-List and helping us help our students.”

“Excellent instructor and excellent program. Thank you!”

John has such great energy. Easy to keep focused.”

John was great! Very engaging and animated.”

“Instructor was fabulous!!”


Boston Scholar Athletes (nonprofit organization), MA

  • 87% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 96% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 97% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

Scott is both articulate and informative. His presentation was inspiring and dynamic. From 1 to 10, he was an 11.”

“Our instructor knew a lot about pedagogy, as someone who has a degree in education, it was really nice to have an instructor who knew what he was talking about. He highlighted the most relevant info from the materials. Great idea to have mock teaching.”

“This was by far the most useful professional development session I’ve attended in my career.”

“Both instructors are fully engaging with enormous energy, passion, and knowledge. Thank you Scott and John.”


Boston Public Schools, MA

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 91% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 95% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging
  • 85% of attendees agreed they would recommend this seminar to a colleague.

“We have to make this a culture throughout our schools. All teachers and subjects must collaborate to make this a success across the board.”

Scott is FABULOUS. Engaging. Straight forward. Instruction honored the knowledge-base in the room. Information was valuable.”

Scott was very engaging and had great insights.”

Bronx High School for Law and Community Service, NY

“I really appreciate the enthusiasm and mastery over the material, as well as the delivery. I hope that A-List will post materials online and COME BACK!!!” -Jennifer Heredia

Cardinal Gibbons High School, NC

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“This material will not only be helpful for a future SAT course, but also when teaching my freshman classes. Thank you!”


Centennial High School Academy, TN

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.
  • 100% of attendees agreed they would recommend this seminar to a colleague.

Scott, in particular, and A-List, in general, have always paid very close attention to our needs as a school and have designed ALL activities with both students and teachers to meet on particular needs at the time.”

“I enjoyed the seminar. The information was very helpful and I am looking forward to using it in my classroom this school year.”

“I see how this fits with all the new stuff we are adding for literacy and writing. I will incorporate it seamlessly with what I am already doing.”

“Thanks for focusing on something other than content and test scores!”

SCOTT, YOU DO AN UNBELIEVABLE JOB OF COMMUNICATING! THANK YOU!”

“I like how I was able to see math problems in a new way. I am NOT a math person, so learning these techniques was very helpful.”

“Wonderful and informing presentation which helps to affirm, confirm and give useful insight for reaching students.”

“I want more training!”

“Thanks again, Scott- You again made it informative and very easy to listen to.”


Children Deserve a Chance Foundation, PA

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 90% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“Today was a very helpful and eye opening. A great start to our program! Thank you!”

“Very friendly (and funny)! The time went quickly.”

Colegio Jorge Washington, Cartagena, Colombia

“Just want to share with you the results of my students’ SAT scores. All 20 students increased their scores and some by 390 points! We had a great semester and we all enjoyed the class. The class was so popular that the school wants to open another SAT prep session second semester! Thank you and A-list again for the training and giving me the ability to help our students be more successful.”


Copiah Academy, MS

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.
  • 100% of attendees agreed they would recommend this seminar to a colleague.

“The structure of the course was helpful and helped me realize strategies for working with the students.”

“I had no formal training before this seminar, so it proved extremely helpful- both as a teacher and parent of an 11th grader.”

“There were many areas that I can start with 7th graders. This could help them to be better prepared when they get closer to taking the ACT.”

“It was a great training! Excited about the path our school is on now using this program.”


Dayton Early College Academy, OH

 “Just wanted to give you and your team with Scott a huge shout out and thanks! The data you provided us as well as Scott’s amazing PD yesterday has been received extremely well by our staff. Your organization is certainly a cut above the rest.”

East Hartford High School, CT

John was highly engaging, informative, and energetic! I was motivated and attentive the entire session thanks to his delivery and demeanor.” – Kara Jandreau

[Gary’s] ability to systematically address the effectiveness of each technique, quickly demonstrate how algebraic approaches would not be wrong–but definitely ineffective–was awesome!!! It felt like math people talking to a fellow math person the entire day–best PD I’ve ever attended.” – Jenae Beauchamp

Hamilton County Schools, TN

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“Very interesting even from a general teaching point of view. I haven’t taken the ACT, and I don’t teach it, but it gave me a lot of confidence for the class I am going to teach.”

“Both instructors are fully engaged with enormous energy, passion, and knowledge. Thank you Scott and John.”

John has amazing energy and was fun to learn from. He was very thorough and did a great job of explaining the strategies.” 

Jackson Prep, MS

“We have used A-List since January 2014. The old program we began using in 2012 was extremely expensive, and the materials were teeming with mistakes. Our AP Physics Teacher suggested that a team fly to New York for A-List training. After our two day seminar, we were sold. Teachers and students use A-List books in different ways, but most use them throughout the year to reinforce skills. Students do not mind reading the material and find some of the hints quite humorous. After school and during the summer, we give students the opportunity to take practice tests and review the results with teachers. Creating bubble-sheets and scoring them through the portal, is one of my favorite A-List offerings. The students love the immediate feedback, and the teachers appreciate the summarized data. We can look at a report and immediately see that a student is missing a greater number of geometry problems or they always miss explicit questions in the reading section. 

In 2014, three teachers from our school went to New York to be trained. As a math teacher, I was glad that I was also forced to work through the reading and science sections. Then in July 2015, our school hosted a PD session for teachers from the metro area. We were honored that Scott would travel to Mississippi to help us help our students. It’s definitely time for renewed PD!” –Kimberly Van Uden, Teacher

Kunming Foreign Language School, China

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“I appreciate the bits of comedy throughout the book. So many teaching materials take themselves too seriously.”

“I wish our entire county could attend this. This was absolutely FANTASTIC! It was the single most valuable professional development I have ever attended. Even though, I’m not an ACT coach, teaching all juniors, I will greatly benefit from this.”

John was a great instructor. He was very engaging, and he does a great job using real-life illustrations to help everyone understand the ideas and content that was covered.”

“I’m glad that the presenter’s approach toward the SAT was concept oriented.”

Live Oak High School, LA

  • 92% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“My instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.”

“Instructor was extremely knowledgeable and kept it common sense. He made me see the ACT totally differently. I took the ACT in 1975. The way it was explained today was so informative. I really wish my sons would have had this info back in ’03 and ’07 when they took it. My attitude toward the ACT was changed today. In 25 years of attending teacher in-services, today was the best—something that I can really use and will be useful to the student. This is what it should be about. Thanks, Scott. You were outstanding. Good luck in the future.”


Madison Ridgeland Academy, MS

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“I just wanted to share this news with you and to say thank you for what A-List is doing for our students. Our kids and teachers have benefited greatly from A-List’s exceptional ACT program.

A new 11th grade student who enrolled in January 2017, has seen her ACT composite score improve eight (8) total points since being in our ACT Prep course (from an 18 to a 26). She improved four (4) points in February and four (4) more points in April. She is our biggest increase in ACT composite score since we started the class.

Additionally, MRAs graduating class ACT composite average eclipsed the 24+ threshold following the first year (2014-15) of implementing the ACT prep program offered by A-List. Since then our graduating class average has been above 24+. We had not attained this level of success once in the previous 10 years. So thank you.

Class Averages

  • 2014-15 – 24.4
  • 2015-16 – 24.7
  • 2016-17 – 24.4

Very Respectfully,”

-Greg Self, M.Ed.,Principal

“This has been the most applicable staff development day I have ever attended. The importance and relevance of the instruction were remarkable. I plan on implementing multiple practices in my classroom.”

“I have been involved with ACT-SAT Prep for many years. This presentation was the single most helpful that I have ever attended.”

“Having suggestions concerning how a classroom course could support and assist the ACT curriculum is helpful in terms of integration. Also, just as a side note, I’ve attended quite a lot of ACT professional development—this has been the best by far.”

Manhattan Hunter Science High School (MHSHS), NY

“We have been using A-List since 2012 and are very happy with our results. A-List has trained our teachers how to integrate SAT/ACT skills and use A-List materials in their classrooms. Our school SAT mean this year is 1211 compared to our district mean of 962. Overall, 97% of our students meet the SAT ELA benchmark, 89% of our students meet the SAT Math benchmark, and 95% of our students are above the district mean. Because of these results, over 92% of our students can enroll at CUNY without taking remedial classes. Thank you!

Abridged: We have been using A-List since 2012 and are very happy with our results. A-List has trained our teachers how to integrate SAT/ACT skills and use A-List materials in their classrooms. Our school SAT mean this year is 1211 compared to our district mean of 962. Overall, 97% of our students meet the SAT ELA benchmark, 89% of our students meet the SAT Math benchmark, and 95% of our students are above the district mean. Thank you!” -Kevin Froner, Principal

Middletown High School, DE

“The PowerPoint that our presenter used was very clear and effective. My colleagues and I will use this format when we implement our own SAT practice materials. I will take away innumerable strategies that my students can use to improve their SAT scores as well as their own confidence.” –Kristen Bain

Montclair Kimberly Academy, NJ

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“This was a very helpful day.”

Allen is very engaging and congenial.”

Allen was great! Very knowledgeable and engaging.”


New Heights (nonprofit organization), NY

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“This PD was extremely useful in expanding my understanding of the ACT. I am very enthusiastic to teach this course and confident it will help our scholars’ scores grow.”


North 13th Technical High School, NJ

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“Great PD, I learned new teaching strategies that I can use not only to teach SAT prep, but in my classes as well.”


Paramus High School, NJ

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.


Passaic County Technical Institute, NJ

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“My students have saved thousands of dollars in future college debt because of their success on the college entrance exams. A-List is exceptional in the way that, unlike other test prep companies, their materials have a more realistic congruence to the actual test.” -Jeff Klein, Teacher

John is compelling and inspiring. So helpful and knowledgeable. Please send him back to us!”

“Excellent! Energetic! Informative! Helpful! Wonderful!”


Paulo Freire Charter School, NJ

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“I thought the course was very helpful and well-paced. The day went by fast and was not overwhelming.”

“Great pacing! This was very informative, interesting, and fun!”

“There was a lot of information, but it was very helpful. The pacing was just right, the instructor went fast enough to not get bored, but slow enough to obtain information.”

“Keep up the good work! Thanks for an insightful and enjoyable seminar.”


Pillow Academy, MS

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

Scott was great! Entertaining and very knowledgeable on everything. Great tips!”


Presbyterian Christian High School, MS

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“Loved the strategies/trechniques for math! GREAT JOB…ENJOYED IT!”

Region 9 ESC, TX

“Scott Farber links data, analysis and research into a high-energy training for educators. The depth of his background knowledge provides a springboard for the practical strategies that will help students in test preparation. His engaging presentation style enables his audience of educators to clearly teach those strategies to their students.”- Sherri Lane

Robertson County Schools, TN

  • 96% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.
  • 92% of attendees would recommend this seminar to a colleague.

“I found break down the reading, English, and writing sections very helpful. I now know how to better prepare my students for those sections.”

“The techniques for the Math portion of the test were EXCELLENT!”

“The content presented is hands-on! The structure of the material is easy to follow and provides a great set of strategies to help my students.”

“Many of these tips should ease student anxiety about taking the ACT, as well as provide them confidence. Giving them strategies gives them a plan.”

Scott was amazing and kept me engaged! I learned many strategies to help my Hispanic students be more successful on ACT.”

“Loved this! I’m excited to teach ACT Prep this year!”

“This is one of the best PDs I have ever attended! I appreciated the enthusiasm from both Scott and John!”

Saltus School Bermuda

“Really enjoyable with some excellent, practical ideas that I can apply in the classroom. I feel energized to try these ideas in my classroom! Thank you!”

Squashbusters, MA

“A-List has made it easy for me to structure my prep course for my students. The online portal is incredibly helpful for organizing materials and scoring assessments. The students get a kick out of the Book of Knowledge, making for fun yet productive sessions.” –Charles Levinson

TAPCO

“I thought [my trainer] was very professional and his information and accompanying breakdown was something that I will continue to use and share with my students. I expect this information to not only be useful but to keep students aware of their potential to improve by using the principles passed on.” –Ben Borenstein

Ulster Boces, NY

  • 98% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 91% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“The pace and the audience participation was amazing. I enjoyed it and feel like I acquired many valuable skills that I can bring back to my class and share with colleagues.”

“The organization and presentation matched my learning style. Information/lessons are immediate applicable to my classroom.”

“The organization of the teaching materials was most helpful. The logical and concrete approach for targeted instruction truly demystified what seemed an overwhelming task: teaching the SAT.”

“This is very difficult to answer because I found all of the information priceless. In an attempt to be a true philomath, I have learned things that I did not know previously. I will make good use of all that have learned.”

“Whether or not I end up teaching an SAT prep course, I’m going to apply a lot of this to my regular classes.”

“The test taking skills are perfect for the test. RTFQ, Fool’s Gold, Backsolve, etc. Students NEED to know these to improve scores.”
“I can’t wait to take some time with the book  and layer the info into my classes.”

“You, Scott, use time more effectively than any other presenter on this planet. Scott, perhaps TED Talks and you should pair up. My gratitude to you for choosing this pathway–Truly, your work is a gift.”

“This was, by far, the best professional development I have attended in the last 10 years. Thank you!”

Scott was over and above excellent. He is so in touch with the subject matter as well as his audience.”

“I loved, loved, loved Scott’s enthusiasm! I think that your sense of humor and your understanding of the students’ perspective really helps us in approaching the task of teaching an SAT course.”

John is a great presenter! Knowledgeable and funny. He addressed all of our questions.”

John was very engaging. The two days went fast. I appreciated his honesty and realness.'”

“A-List knows what they are doing!”

“The expertise of the presenter and the quality of the materials are valuable.”

“I will incorporate many strategies within my classes.

“All I can say is WOW! Energy. Passion. Professionalism. Excellent.”

“Great energy, Scott! Great balance of anecdotes and information!”

Materials are friendly and very well organized. John was extremely knowledgeable and an engaging presenter.”


Wheatley High School, NY

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“My instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.”

“The instructor was extremely engaging and motivating. The examples used were helpful and will aid in future scope and sequencing of other classes. Great job.”

Scott was an EXCELLENT instructor. He was extremely engaging and knowledgeable. I left this PD day feeling that I am much more prepared to teach an SAT course if necessary. I appreciate his professionalism and preparedness today.”

Williamson County

“This is my second year teaching ACT Prep and this company seems to have much more helpful and useful teacher resources. The presenter’s enthusiasm was helpful in keeping us engaged, a good balance of individual work, group work, and breaks.”

YMCA, NY

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.
  • 100% of attendees would recommend this seminar to a colleague.

“Amazing Training.”

“I plan on working with this company only  for the future.”

“Complete overhaul of our SAT program! Will be starting from scratch with A-List.”

Scott has been amazing. He was very knowledgeable, but also very fun. he made the course interactive and interesting.”

Scott was EXTREMELY knowledgeable, enthusiastic, engaging and was great at fostering an open and casual training environment. Great at skimming and only hitting the most important points. Pretty mind-blowing.”

“Great job, Scott! He was very engaging and really knows how to explain everything. Makes it easy to understand.”

“Instructor was extremely insightful and helpful.”

“The training was immensely helpful and I know something I will use.”


The Young Women's Leadership School, NY

  • 100% of attendees agreed their professional development seminar was a valuable experience.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their seminar materials were instructive and helpful.
  • 100% of attendees agreed their instructor was knowledgeable and engaging.

“The workshop was eye-opening on the variety of strategies and techniques I can use in teaching my SAT prep course.”