Even if you don’t plan on having a traditional job or career track, you’re here because you know there’s plenty to be gained from the prestige and connections of attending one of the top colleges in the country.

And we know we can help get you there because, from our experience, we have found that you probably already know 90% of the content you need to ace your college admissions tests.  It’s somewhere in that beautiful brain of yours.

However, maybe it isn’t organized.  Or maybe you have a hole in your knowledge that creates problems for you in more complicated arenas (especially true with math). Or maybe you are afraid to access what you know.  Or maybe you don’t trust yourself to answer the question, consumed instead with trying to dole out what “they” are looking for.

That’s where we come in

Founded on the idea that studying for the test shouldn’t just be about studying for the test, Ivy Lounge Test Prep works with ambitious students looking for an overall successful college experience. Yes the tests are important, but wouldn’t it be great if your time spent becoming a testing guru also prepared you with skills that would benefit you at college, and even in life? Instead of rote memorization and mindless drills, we look at the entire situation, the whole student, the bigger picture, and are able to use the test prep process to both get the scores you need, and build much needed skills for the future. Parents love us because we teach students to work smarter, not harder, while doubling the impact of their investment in their child’s future.

About our Founder

Kristina Semos

Kristina Semos graduated from Brown University Magna cum Laude in 2004, with a double degree in Music and Italian Studies.


 However, don’t be fooled into thinking Kristina is skilled only in the humanities– she started as an Engineering concentrator at Brown with MIT as her back-up school.  And her qualifications don’t stop there – Kristina has a long record of superlative academic achievement, including:

  • Valedictorian of the Talented and Gifted Magnet High School in Dallas, TX, which has been ranked #1 public high school in the US countless times in Newsweek and US News.
  • Broke the record for cumulative GPA with a 98.93.
  • State AP Scholar for the state of Texas, with a dozen 5’s and a couple 4’s, breaking the record on that one, too.
  • National AP Scholar
  • National Merit Scholar
  • 1st Place in the Mathematics Olympiad (Dallas-wide) 8 out of 9 years, breaking the record for cumulative performance.
  • Top-ranked girl in the state of Texas in the Mathcounts Competition.
  • Competed on the Texas team for the American Regional Mathematics League, a national math competition.
  • Awards at the City, District, State and National levels for Piano, Flute, Voice, Computer Programming, and – of all things! – German Folk-Dancing.
  • Early admission to Brown University, with MIT as her backup school.
  • A sense of normalcy.

Kristina’s worked extensively with exclusive tutoring companies before starting her own in 2012, inspiring students in NYC’s private school system and specialized public school system to kill it in math and ace the SAT and ACT.  She teaches summer SAT bootcamps in the Hamptons, and reaches students around the world via Skype.