Just got back from my exam, and wanted to share the good news that I’m extremely pleased with my GRE results. I scored a 163 and 167 on math and verbal respectively. H.P.

I got in!! I was just accepted into my PA program, and I want to say thank you one more time to you both! Misty

I went into the GRE testing center on the exam date with not only a better grasp of the material but also with confidence, which made all the difference. Paul

What You Can Expect From Our GRE Tutoring Program:

Our first step is to establish an idea of a student’s current score level, strengths, and weaknesses. To that end, students who haven’t taken the GRE take a full length practice exam as a diagnostic tool, and we examine the scores of students who have already been tested. Next, one of our veteran instructors works with each student to design a tailored lesson plan.

Sessions are usually scheduled once or twice weekly, and generally last two hours apiece. They usually consist of the following:

  • First, students engage in a deep examination of homework from their last session, analyzing in detail any mistakes they made or concepts they don’t understand.
  • Next, new concepts are introduced to the student. Student and instructor work together to determine if there’s anything about said concept the student has difficulty understanding.
  • Finally, the instructor concludes the session by assigning homework and practice exams to the student.

We recommend devoting at least two to four months to GRE preparation, though depending on your unique needs a shorter or longer timeframe may be more optimal.

Next Step also specializes in helping two special GRE cases:

Working professionals who have been out of school — and particularly away from math. The math section is a major challenge for most students studying for the GRE. One of the frustrations students have with the test is that even if they are going into a professional program with nothing to do with math, they still need to take the same test as students going into engineering programs. Many of our students haven’t taken math since high school, and know they’ll need a basic review of concepts like intermediate algebra and advanced operations. (When was the last time you had to multiply exponents?) We can put together a personalized program that starts from the basics.

Students who have already taken the GRE and were unhappy with their score. Re-taking the GRE is never a fun experience. If you are in this position, you know how challenging it is to find the time to prepare for the test again — especially as application deadlines loom. We can help you focus in on your weakest areas for maximum improvement.

You can see an example GRE tutoring plan here — but we customize each program based on individual student needs, timelines, and test dates.


How Next Step Test Prep Is Different

Next Step Test Prep’s GRE programs differ from other tutoring courses in a number of distinct ways.

One Student Per Teacher

Our students work one-on-one with one of our veteran GRE instructors, many of whom bring to the table decades of teaching experience. This is a marked change from most tutoring programs, which focus on lecture hall-style instruction with little room for personalization. We work together with our students to determine the best means of improvement.

Our veteran instructors include:

Brian has taught the GRE for over 3 years. He scored in the 99th percentile on both math and verbal.


Pallavi scored in the 99th percentile on the GRE. She is a graduate of Cal Tech.

Highly-Flexible Scheduling

Another advantage of our one-on-one programs is that they allow students complete control over when they start and for how long they attend. Whether you need a few weeks to prepare or a few months, we’ll design a program that’s perfect for you.

Understanding > Knowledge

Most tutoring programs only scratch the surface of what students need, offering a plethora of tips and tricks but little in the way of actual understanding. We do things differently, and focus on the underlying skills and concepts necessary for success.

Nationwide availability

GRE tutoring is available either in-person in one of thirty cities or online via live one-on-one video conference. Students who select the latter gain access to some of our most experienced instructors from our national team and post gains that are equal to or greater than their in-person peers.