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Lisa Kay, Your Guide to Getting In

Lexington, MA

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About Lisa Kay, Your Guide to Getting In

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If you want to reach the SAT score you are seeking, Lisa Kay is the right tutor for you! Whether you need total test prep, or to just brush up on one or two sections, I'll work with you to explain all you need to be successful on the test!

When it comes to test preparation, my successes are numerous, and proudly include helping a Lexington High student achieve a perfect 2400 in March 2011 and a Bloomington IN student in 2012!

Through a series of test-taking tactics and strategies, I have helped many students achieve the scores they needed to attend the colleges of their choice.

Average score increases of 200 points for the SAT and 4 points for the ACT...in as few as 10 tutoring hours...in person or via SKYPE. (I have tutored students in CT, Amsterdam and Moscow via skype. It's highly effective.)

I demonstrate how the tests work, help you isolate and improve your weaknesses, and develop a program to raise your baseline score. You will learn the format and scoring of the exam and how you can use these to your advantage, as well as the best test-taking strategies and tactics for each section of the exam.

I will show you how the tests work, help you isolate and improve your weaknesses, and develop a program to get your desired score.

Understanding how the tests are created is the key to doing your best on them. As a full-time, long-term test tutor, (and 3-time Ivy Grad), I have studied the exams to find the patterns and problems with taking them.

I have also been an SAT Essay Reader and will provide you with a killer essay template designed to get you a double-digit essay score.


The tutoring can be provided in 10-, 20-, or 30 -hour sessions, which focus on the entire tests, or just on your weaknesses.
You will be given practice exams throughout the tutoring to measure your progress.
The tutoring is based on your specific needs... no classes for the masses.

On average, with 10 hours of tutoring, my students raise their SAT scores by 200 points and their ACT scores by 4 points.


My students love tutoring via Skype! Why not give it a try? This year, my students are being tutored in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Indiana, New York, Amsterdam, Vietnam and Moscow.

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Lexington, MA 02420

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  • 5/5 stars November 11, 2014

    I worked with Lisa 1x per week for 3 months via Skype and drastically improved my SAT scores by over 350 points. She challenges you but it's worth it!

  • 5/5 stars October 11, 2013

    For the past year, I have worked with Ms. Lisa Kay on multiple subjects: studying for the SAT/ACT, and working on my college application essays. With her variety of tricks and strategies, I have developed skills to do well on these tests. Although I struggled with grasping certain subjects in the beginning, Lisa has been very patient and helped me understand why I got questions wrong versus how many questions I do. Sometimes, when I was frustrated with the practice test I took, she would always reply to my emails and calm me down, keeping me motivated and thinking more positively. Over the course of this year, she has helped build up my self esteem/confidence for test taking, and now I feel much more comfortable with the SAT/ACT. She is very rational and realistic: she always speaks the truth and will make sure that her students improve one way or another. Although her tutoring sessions are only once a week for about an hour each, she can be easily contacted via Skype, email, text, phone call, etc. I know for sure that whenever I have questions, she will always be there to help, and without her, I have no idea where I would be right now in the college process.

  • 5/5 stars August 6, 2013

    We met with Lisa in person and decided to tutor via Skype. My daughter found Skype to be an excellent vehicle for tutoring! My daughter seemed to be much more focused, we didn't have to drive , and when my daughter had rehearsals, it was easy to reschedule using Skype.
    My daughter's score increased by almost 300 points, and I believe, made e difference in her being accepted at her first choice school.
    Lisa is effective, efficient and so laid back with kids, in general if my daughter's feedback is any indication.
    She developed immediate rapport and an excellent curriculum for my daughter, to build up her weaknesses.
    I highly recommend!

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. SAT, ACT and SSAT tutoring. College Counseling, beginning in, hold on to your hat, ninth grade! It's important that you know that you are on a strong college path, no matter what your college dream...community college, vocational college, Pac-10, Ivy, LAC, etc. I can help you to map out and meet you destination.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Ask for referrals from customers. I have a file of letters from customers who have been happy with the results we have achieved TOGETHER.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. It's difficult to decide what questions to ask of a service professional, but there are probably some general ones:
1. How long have you been in your profession?
2. Can you provide references of people pleased with your work ( I can even provide references of those not so pleased!)
3. What is your methodology?
4. What are your expectations of the student? (in my case)
5. What is your cancellation policy?
6. Do we have a contract?
7. What are the cancellation terms?

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I study the SAT, attend courses and seminars at the College Board and am writing a tutorial book/dvd so that students can obtain my tutoring when I am not available.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. The one on one interaction with the students.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. I receive 3 Frequently Asked Questions:

The number one question I get is "Will you tutor an hour for free so that I can see how you work?" The answer is no. I'm certain that there are tutors who do this because they are uncertain of their skills, and feel that this is a way to attract customers. My skills and numerous satisfied clients speak for themselves. As with any job, you can hire me based on my references and past performance, and fire me...but I don't think you will!! I do offer a 30 minute face to face consultation which can be scheduled in Lexington, on Monday evenings. And, I do offer package prices which can reduce the hourly rate of your child's tutoring if that is a concern for you.



2. Do you guarantee a certain score increase? Absolutely not. There are just too many factors that affect scores, that guaranteeing increases just is not possible. I've never had a student not improve his or her score, but you never can guarantee a number. Test site conditions, enough or not enough sleep, illness, all of these (and more) factors can affect your test scores.

3. Do you offer payment plans? Yes, I work with every parent to offer tutoring plans, counseling plans and payment plans that work for you and your child. That's why I don't publish payment information on this or any other site. I even offer scholarships for those truly in need.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. I have two!!
This past March, one of my students scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT. This is a great accomplishment, as there are fewer than 700 students a year who earn a perfect score. Considering that more than 2M tests are administered, you can see that this is quite an accomplishment.

Also, I have had students come to me needing help in the essay portion of the SAT. In December, two students had received 6's on the essay portion of the SAT. Armed with my template, practice and tutoring, each of them received a perfect 12, raising their writing scores to perfection on the writing section!

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. Teachers had begun tutoring the children of my friends. Although teachers are wonderful people (I had been one myself) they are often ill equipped to tutor the standardized tests. They concentrate on English, Math and Creative Writing when students need to understand how standardized tests are created. They then need to create their strategy and tactics to obtain their best scores on the tests.
Standardized tests can be "gamed" to use the current jargon, and most teachers just don't study the tests...they study the subjects.
So, I decided to learn not just "my" part of the SAT (the essay) but how the rest of the test is constructed and therefore how to deconstruct it.
The rest, as they say....

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I am an active participant in Collegeboard meetings, and am writing a book detailing my way of acing the test.

I take the SAT and the ACT once a year, and continue to see new patterns and indicators that are incorporated into these standardized tests.

The tutors who work with me have been trained in the methodology and adapt it while working with each individual student.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. How much homework is there??
There will be one, timed, practice test every week. You are expected to take it every Saturday morning, in a test-like setting. In addition, you will be given additional practice problems based on your areas of difficulty. It has been shown that on average, students spend approximately 100 hours on their homework per month. Know how much they spend on SAT homework? About 15 hours. And they expect the same outstanding results as they get in their homework??? Really??? The SAT requires the same level of work as your classes do.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. When Should I Take the SAT/ACT/ SSAT....?
I suggest that you take the SAT in the 10th grade. You're going to take the PSAT in all likelihood, so why not prepare for both tests at the same time?

But ultimately, take the SAT or other test when you are ready. Don't be pressured into taking the exam on a particular date because "everyone" is taking it then. Take it when you're ready. After your practice tests are within a certain number of your goal points, then you should take the exam. Some of my students tutor with me for 3 or more months before they take the test. Then they take the test...ONCE.

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