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One-on-One MCAT Tutoring

We understand how challenging the MCAT can be. For many pre-med students with great GPAs, research experience, and activities, it’s all that stands between them and medical school admissions. We can help. Since the start of the revised MCAT, over 30,000 MCAT students have worked through our tutoring program, practice exams, or MCAT books.

“After taking a course with another prep company I sat for the 2014 MCAT and was very disappointed when I received my scores back. In only 3 months with Jonathan I was able to cover the new material on the 2015 MCAT and improve my percentile score from a 61% to a 93%. I can confidently say that the service provided by Jonathan and the Next Step team is unique and will not be found in any other MCAT prep company.” – Don, Next Step MCAT Student

A Personalized MCAT Tutoring Program

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

  • Are just starting out on the new MCAT
  • Have taken a prep course with little progress
  • Have already taken the MCAT and need to raise their score

Click here if you would like to see a sample tutoring plan. (Note that these are samples only; each of our programs is highly customized based on student timeline and needs.) See the results of our program on our MCAT Reviews page.


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BETHBETHNext Step MCAT Student
Next Step was incredible. Tim was a fantastic tutor who managed to fit me in while we both juggle our hectic lives. He constantly pushed me to do well on the test and I have been raving about Next Step ever since getting my scores back. 8 points in just one month is awesome!
I absolutely love Next Step’s concept of affordable individualized tutors and tutoring plans. Joe was a fantastic tutor who really pushed me to succeed, resulting in my 508. Also next step provided me constant mechanisms to provide feedback so I felt very incorporated into this process of studying. If you want an individualized plan of action and to be successful on this new exam, Next Step is the company for you!
I was able to improve my scores quite a bit, starting out at 500 for my first full length (493 in the diagnostic) and jumping to 508! With a strong showing in the Chem/Physics and CARS sections I am definitely feeling much more confident about the application process!
I figured I’d report back and let you guys know my official scores on the May 22nd MCAT. Chem/Physical Sciences – 128 CARS – 128 Bio/Biochem – 128 Psych/Soc – 128 Total – 512 (87% Percentile)
My total scaled score was 518.  Next Step really is the best and I am so happy to have worked with them.

One-on-One MCAT Tutoring Program Overview

Each of our students begins with a diagnostic exam to gauge his or her current score level and to understand initial strengths and weaknesses. Typically, students will be weaker in one of the sciences – and most students need at least some help with CARS. At the beginning of your program, your MCAT tutor will put together a draft schedule for your program. For beginning students, this will include significant review of the substantive science content as well as test-taking strategy. For students who have already been studying, we will focus on areas of weakness. Students meet with their MCAT tutor 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
  • Each MCAT tutor covers new topics in-depth and review weaker areas with their students
  • Each MCAT tutor assigns specific homework and practice exams for completion between study sessions

Ideally, students prepare for the MCAT over 3-6 months. However, we have also helped students successfully optimize shorter timeframes for maximum gain or prepare for a re-take on a compressed timeline.

Next Step also specializes in helping three special MCAT cases:

Students who are shooting for a score in the top 10%. Students who are shooting for a top score generally don’t need basic help understanding or memorizing science concepts (which is why group classes tend to be less helpful). Instead, they need to focus on the strategic problem-solving and test-taking skills that separate average scores from the top 10 percentile.

Students who have already completed a MCAT prep class. Many students complete a MCAT prep course, only to feel they haven’t received the score they need to get into med school. In particular, we often hear that the course was very good at reviewing the sciences, but didn’t help students effectively apply that knowledge on the actual exam. In other words, students haven’t yet learned to think like the MCAT test makers.

Students who have already taken the MCAT and were unhappy with their scores. Re-taking the MCAT is never a positive experience. Most pre-med students put a ton of effort and focus into the test — and when the scores come back under 510, they are rightfully disappointed. We can help. By focusing on areas of particular concern, we’re able to help students turn around problem sections and polish strengths — with the goal of straight 128+ scores.

Click here if you would like to see a sample tutoring plan. (Note that these are samples only; each of our programs is highly customized based on student timeline and needs.) See the results of our program on our MCAT Reviews page.

Flexible Start Dates and Scheduling

Since our MCAT tutoring programs are completely customized, our students can start any time. We will put together the right MCAT tutor program to take you from your start date to the day of your test, making the best use of time available. We are able to guide your prep over the course of 6 months, or we can put together a plan to eke out those last few points 2 weeks before your test date.

Preparation for the Revised MCAT

As you likely know, the format for the MCAT changed substantially in 2015. Since the launch of the new exam, thousands of students have used Next Step tutoring and materials to prepare for the revised exam. While the test is “new,” it’s no longer “new to us” — our tutors, materials, methodologies, and academic management staff have been working with the revised exam since well before the start of the 2015 season. Before you select a MCAT tutoring provider, please discuss with them what they have done to prepare for the new exam.

A Focus On Strategy

Scoring 508+ on the MCAT requires a solid understanding of science content, but more importantly you’ve got to have a strategic approach to the MCAT itself. Our students often tell us that they have a good grasp on the sciences but just can’t turn that knowledge into the score they want. When we work with students one-on-one, we are able to focus on test-taking strategy as well as the sciences. Unlike a classroom course, in which the teacher will only have one set method for doing things, we are flexible in our approach. There are many different paths to success on an MCAT science question (process of elimination, outside knowledge, estimation, etc.) and we help our students find the one that works best for them – and do so within the test’s strict time limits. Success on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section (the new Verbal Reasoning) is based entirely on your strategic approach. In a class, the teacher is likely to force all of the students in a single, artificial method (such as stopping to take notes on scratch paper while reading) whereas an individual tutor can adapt the Verbal strategy to your personalized needs. Finally, pre-med students often need introduction to the concepts and the strategies in the new Behavioral Sciences section alongside ample opportunities to practice those concepts.

Materials and Methodologies

Next Step has developed a proprietary set of 9 prep books, built from the ground up for the revised MCAT. This set, totaling over 3,500 pages, covers every aspect of the exam as well as providing well over 100 sample passages. We are also the only major MCAT prep company that is happy to integrate outside materials and resources into student study plans, including books from our competitors. We have found that there are a number of ways to teach most aspects of the MCAT. Rather than choosing one method arbitrarily and mandating it for all of our students, we leave it up to our veteran instructors to chart the right course for the individual student based on an initial diagnostic or past MCAT scores. Students receive access to our proprietary full-length MCAT exams (and half-length diagnostic test). These exams accurately replicate the length and format of the MCAT, including full-length psychology/sociology sections.

Strategy and Practice Books:

Strategy and Practice MCAT books provide hundreds of MCAT passages and thousands of practice questions along with thorough explanations. They are appropriate for students who have already completed significant content review and are now ready to prepare for the strategic problem-solving required for a top MCAT score.

Content Review Books:

Next Step’s Content Review MCAT books provide an extensive foundation of the science knowledge and understanding at the core of a top MCAT performance. Students starting out on the exam will benefit from a thorough review of the material. Additionally, each book provides over 1,000 practice questions to drill and test knowledge. What sets our content books apart is this focus not just on providing basic information but on giving students the opportunity to thoroughly understand a subject through drilling.

Realistic Interface:

  • Built from the ground up for the new exam. The passages mimic the experimental focus and bio-heavy nature of the revised exam, with no “re-used” passages that were written for the old test.
  • Continuously updated. In January we re-balanced and re-scored our exams based on feedback from over 10,000 students who used our diagnostic and full-length exams in 2015. We continuously tweak and update our exams to provide the most MCAT-like experience possible.

Full Answers & Explanations:

  • Statistical performance breakdowns. After taking the MCAT practice test, understand how you performed in each section, broken down by AAMC’s topic area sub-categories and cognitive skill categories.
  • All 10 full-length exams and the half-length diagnostic have been updated to reflect the new data released from the AAMC in 2015.
  • We continually improve our scoring scales, question difficulty, and passage content, based on feedback from thousands of students.
  • Simulation of the new Psychological Foundations section. Our passages, written by professional psychologists working with veteran MCAT instructors, provide the most realistic and challenging practice possible for the new psychology and sociology content.

Pre-Health Professions Scholarship Contest

Everyday we work with students who have plans to continue their education to pursue a future in a health profession. Whether they want to be a doctor, speech pathologist, dentist, or pharmacist, they have hard path ahead of them and we would like to make it a little easier. Each year we will be giving one grand prize winner $1000, and one runner up $200.

How to enter:

  1. Fill out the form below.
  2. Attach a copy of an updated resume.
  3. Attach a copy of an unofficial transcript (min 3.0 GPA required for consideration)
  4. Copy and paste your essay submission into the form (strict 500 word limit is enforced).

Essay Prompt:

In 500 words or less, describe a recent moment in your life that re-affirmed your desire to pursue a career in the health professions.

Prize Details:

Grand Prize: $1,000 Runner Up: $200 Submissions are due by January 31, 2017. We will choose winners and distribute the scholarships by check no later than February 28, 2017. Note: We will alert the winners only; please no emails or calls.

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Next Step Test Preparation will award 2 checks to chosen winners for $1,000 and $200. Offer is open only to undergraduate students in the United States and Canada. One submission per person. Submissions for the 2017 scholarship must be received by midnight, January 31, 2017. Next Step staff will choose winners based on dedication to the health professions and academic record. Offer void where prohibited.