One-on-one GMAT Tutoring

Each Next Step Test Preparation student works through a completely custom program. From start date to test day, you’ll work one-on-one with a veteran GMAT instructor to help you earn your best possible score. We work with students who:

  • Are just starting out on the GMAT
  • Have taken a prep course with little progress
  • Have already taken the GMAT after self-study and need to raise their score

Our primary objective is to match our students with incredibly qualified GMAT tutors that are committed to helping you raise your score. By focusing tightly on your particular areas of weakness, we can help you overcome score barriers in either section and make significant gains.

Working with Mike, I was able to raise my score from 620 to 730. Next Step has been instrumental in helping me achieve my MBA admissions goals; I would recommend them to anyone.

Andrew, Lansing, MI

Before the course, I scored a 660 (Q: 47, V: 33) on the GMAT.  I finally got my 740 (Q:49, V:42).  I am happy with my score and I just wanted to thank you.  Your assistance in preparing me for the test was crucial and greatly appreciated.

Nathan, Sacramento

Not only is Next Step more cost effective than most of the other popular GMAT courses on the market but for the price you also get one-on-one GMAT tutoring.  Thanks to Peter, my tutor, I improved my score by 120 points in just 4 weeks.

Jaslin, San Diego

A History of Success

Our students average a double-digit score improvement on the GMAT. With their improved GMAT scores, our students have been admitted to over 100 schools – often with significant financial aid.

Since 2009, Next Step has successfully worked with thousands of students. Our students have also been admitted to dozens of state and regional MBA programs, often with tens of thousands of dollars of financial aid.

  • Yale
  • NYU
  • Northwestern
  • Michigan
  • Michigan State
  • Stanford
  • Columbia
  • Duke
  • Georgetown
  • WashU – St. Louis
  • Harvard
  • Chicago
  • Columbia
  • Washington
  • Cornell

One-on-one GMAT Tutoring Program Overview

Each of our students begins with a diagnostic exam to gauge their current score level and to understand initial strengths and weaknesses. (If you have already taken the GMAT, we will want to collect your past test scores). Students meet with their instructor once or twice per week, usually for two hours at a time. At each session:

  • Students have the opportunity to discuss questions on their homework and re-assess their overall progress
  • New topics are covered in-depth or weaker areas are reviewed
  • Specific homework and practice exams are assigned for completion between study sessions

Ideally, students prepare for the GMAT for 2-4 months. However, we have also helped students successfully optimize a shorter time frame for maximum gain.


Next Step also specializes in helping two special GMAT cases:

Students who have already completed a GMAT prep class. Many students complete a GMAT prep course, only to feel they don’t have a solid grasp on the test material. We can help create a focused program to get you fully prepared — even after a prep course. And unlike a course, there is no need for us to review the basics — we can zero-in on the areas where you are struggling most and focus time and energy there.

Students who have already taken the GMAT and were unhappy with their score. Re-taking the GMAT is never a fun experience for working professionals. However, students shooting for competitive MBA programs often need help boosting their scores into the 600’s or 700’s. We have helped students improve their GMAT scores on a retake by up to 150 points.

Click here to see a sample GMAT tutoring schedule (but your program will be customized to your particular needs and timeline).

Materials and Methodologies

Our strong focus is helping students at every score level understand the fundamental concepts that are necessary to master the GMAT. “Tricks” and “secrets” only go so far. Students who earn top scores really understand the material — and go on to use the same mathematical and analytic skills in their MBA programs.

Students who come to us after prep courses often report that they learned lots of “tricks” but didn’t have these underlying tools. Working one-on-one with a tutor, you’re able to break problems down conceptually, seeing how the test creators want you to work through the problem. After all, working the problems is only half the challenge — the other half is doing so within the time limits.

If we work together, you will receive:

  • 3 official GMAT Guide books, loaded with well over 1,500 practice questions
  • 7 computer-adaptive practice exams for timed practice
  • Our proprietary workbook, organizing Official Guide questions into strategy areas — so when you learn the number substitution strategy, you can instantly practice it on a dozen real GMAT questions.

GMAT Books

Flexible Start Dates and Scheduling

Since our programs are completely customized, our students can start any time. We will put together the right program to take you from your start date to the day of your test, making the best use of time available. Additionally, you will have the freedom to schedule tutoring sessions on your schedule (including nights and weekends). For busy professionals with demanding hours and travel, this can be a significant advantage.

For optimal results, students should plan to study for the GMAT for 2-4 months. However, we can design shorter or longer-term programs as well.

We offer the same one-on-one GMAT tutoring services delivered two ways:

One-on-one live via internet video conference. Please see here for more information about our online GMAT tutoring experience. Students who work with us online have access to our most experienced instructors who have scored in the 99th percentile and who have 3+ years of specific GMAT teaching experience. Our online students have posted score gains equal to or greater than our in-person students. Students in smaller cities or professionals who travel often choose this option.

While many students are initially looking for in-person services, our online program allows students everywhere the chance to work with 3+ year tutoring veterans. We are happy to arrange a complimentary demonstration of the technology.

Live in-person in select markets. 

  • New York
  • Chicago
  • LA
  • Boston
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas
  • Washington DC
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
  • New Orleans
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • San Diego
  • SF/Bay Area