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About Lisa Kay-Elite SAT and ACT Tutor

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If you want to reach the SAT or ACT 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 students achieve perfect scores on the SAT and the ACT in 2011,2012,2013, and 2014.

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 via SKYPE...based on actual test sitting or full length practice tests. 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.

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 focused 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.

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


Lexington, MA 02421


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  • 5/5 stars

    We were recommended to use Lisa by a friend who raved about how Lisa helped her daughter get into the college she wanted. We were apprehensive to try remote tutoring via Skype instead of in person because we thought our son would have focus issues but it turned out to be the exact opposite. Lisa is an amazing tutor / teacher and really held our sons attention. From the time he started to the time he took his test his score went up over 200 points. We can't thank you enough.

  • 5/5 stars

    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

    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

    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. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

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. How did you get started doing this type 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. What types of customers have you worked with?

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 college, vocational college, Pac-10, Ivy, LAC, etc. I can help you to map out and meet you destination.

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

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.

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