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One-on-one MCAT Tutoring

The MCAT is standardized, but our students are not. We have helped thousands of students raise their MCAT scores through our customized private tutoring program. How can we help you? 

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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 40,000 MCAT students have worked through our tutoring program, practice exams, or MCAT books.

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.

What are students saying about our tutoring programs?

 

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JAMESJAMESNext Step MCAT Student
Just wanted to thank you and your company for working with me. I ended up receiving a 514 on my MCAT with an initial goal of 510. This was a 10 point improvement from my 504 that I had received the first time. Plus, this was only after 1 month of extra studying.
LAURENLAURENNext Step MCAT Student
Thank you SO SO SO SO SOOOOOOOO much times a zillion! I’m like shaking. I can’t say enough good things about you and Next Step.  [Initially scored a 492, after working with Next Step she scored a 511]
DANIELDANIELNext Step MCAT Student
When I initially took the MCAT Diagnostic Test, I scored a 496. Then with Bryan’s help, I was able to get my score to a 512. His daily schedule and valuable hints/tools really made the difference. Would recommend 100%!! It truly made the difference between medical school being a dream versus medical school being a reality.
STUARTSTUARTNext Step MCAT Student
I just got my score back today, and I got a 517! Thank you so much for pairing me with Armin and being so amenable to me switching tutors in the beginning. He was really helpful in my studying process and played a large role in my progression with the MCAT. I’m really pleased with my score.  From 505 to 517. I’ll take it.
ANDREWANDREWNext Step MCAT Student
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!
MOLLYMOLLYNext Step MCAT Student
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)
MATTHEWMATTHEWNext Step MCAT Student
My total scaled score was 518.  Next Step really is the best and I am so happy to have worked with them.
 
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MCAT Tutoring Program

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 10th 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 CARS 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 10 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 of the 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.

Here is what a recent Next Step MCAT student had to say:

 

When I initially took the MCAT Diagnostic Test, I scored a 496. Then with Bryan’s help, I was able to get my score to a 512. His daily schedule and valuable hints/tools really made the difference. Would recommend 100%!! It truly made the difference between medical school being a dream versus medical school being a reality. Next Step knows what they’re doing with a proven method. Would definitely recommend to anybody looking to improve their score.

Daniel

Next Step MCAT Tutoring Student

 

MCAT Tutoring Prices and Packages

Each Next Step Student works through a completely custom program. From start date to test day, you’ll work one-on-one with a veteran MCAT instructor to help you earn your best possible score. Our packages reflect the different timelines and available study time of our students.

Crash Course

$1,999
16 hours
  • $1,999
  • 1 Month Custom Study Plan
  • Diagnostic Pre-Test
  • 4 “Strategy and Practice” Books
  • AAMC Official Guide Online Access
  • 4 Full-Length Exams
  • All Official AAMC Practice Exams
  • See Sample Plan
Enroll Now!

Comprehensive Plan

$2,899
24 hours
  • $2,899
  • 2-3 Months Custom Study Plan
  • Diagnostic Pre-Test
  • 4 “Strategy and Practice” Books
  • 4 “Content Review” Books
  • 108 CARS Passages Verbal Review Book
  • MCAT Q-Book: 2,000 Discrete MCAT Questions
  • AAMC Official Guide
  • All Next Step Full-Length Exams
  • All Official AAMC Practice Exams
  • See Sample Plan
Enroll Now!

Premium Tutoring

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Custom
  • 520+ Scoring Instructor
  • Custom Study Plan
  • Diagnostic Pre-Test
  • 4 “Strategy and Practice” Books
  • 4 “Content Review” Books
  • 108 CARS Passages Verbal Review Book
  • MCAT Q-Book: 2,000 DiscreteMCAT Questions
  • AAMC Official Guide Online Access
  • Al Next Step Full-Length Exams
  • All Official AAMC Practice Exams
  • See Sample Plan
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Note: New York and Bay Area MCAT tutoring rates differ.

Students interested in both our MCAT tutoring programs and our online MCAT course can add the course to their tutoring package for an additional $599.

Competitors’ MCAT Tutoring Rate

Kaplan

MCAT Class: $2,299

35 Hours MCAT Tutoring: $5,799

Princeton Review

MCAT Class: $2,499

60 Hours MCAT tutoring: $9,000 – $18,000

Professional one-on-one tutoring is a significant investment in your success, but one that can pay off in admission to better medical schools and more financial aid. While our program is still a major investment, we’ve been able to keep prices lower by limiting our overhead expenses — while paying our tutors more to retain the most experienced, highest-scoring MCAT instructors. We offer multi-payment plans on any tutoring package. Contact us for details. *Competitor rates taken from corporate website at time of publication. May not be up to date.

Not sure what package is right for you? Schedule a free consultation!

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A Next Step Academic Manager will contact you within 1 business day or call us now at 888-530-6398.

 

I am extremely pleased with my experience with Jonathan. After taking a course with another prep company I sat for the 2014 MCAT and was very disappointed when I received my scores back. After working with Jonathan preparing for the new 2015 exam I realized there were so many aspects of the MCAT that had not been adequately covered by any other test prep company.

In only 3 months with Jonathan I was able to cover the new material on the 2015 MCAT and improve my composite 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

Expert Instruction. Incredible Results.

Next Step Test Preparation students work one-on-one with an incredible MCAT instructor. Frequently, our instructors worked for years at other prep companies or independently before joining our team.  Each of our MCAT instructors has scored in the top percentiles of the exam. But more importantly, they each have demonstrated the ability to teach these concepts to students throughout the score range.

Our tutors aren’t the “sage on the stage” – they adapt the lessons to students of all abilities. Our instructors work through a three-phase hiring process before they work with our students. We would be happy to discuss the specific credentials of our tutor in your area; just contact us for a complimentary consultation.

All of our tutors are fully trained and prepared to teach the revised MCAT exam

Meet some of our veteran MCAT instructors:

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BRYANBRYANNext Step MCAT Tutor
Bryan is a Next Step’s National MCAT Director. He has scored a 44 on the MCAT, including a 15 in both science sections. He has over a decade of MCAT private tutoring experience and has worked with thousands of students. In April 2015 Bryan took the new MCAT and scored a 525. He works with only 2 MCAT students at a time.
DR. ANTHONY LAFONDDR. ANTHONY LAFONDNext Step MCAT Tutor
Dr. Anthony Lafond is Next Step’s National Content Director and our most highly qualified and highly rated MCAT tutor. He completed his MD/PhD at UMDNJ. He has over a decade of teaching and tutoring experience and a proven track record of success helping students succeed on the MCAT.
CLARACLARANext Step MCAT Tutor
Clara attended the USC, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience with honors. She scored a 42 on her own MCAT. Clara spent several years as an instructor for the USC Freshman Science Honors Program and as a test prep tutor for another company before joining Next Step. Her teaching experience includes high school and early college chemistry, biology, and math as well all the MCAT specific content and strategy. As a Premium tutor based in Los Angeles, Clara is in high demand and works with students not only in her city but also throughout the US and Canada.
ANDREWANDREW
Andrew has almost ten years of university-level teaching experience He scored a 523 on his own exam (top 1% nation-wide), including a perfect score in the new Psychology section. He loves connecting with the individualized needs and backgrounds of each student to help them attain their goals.
PHILPHILNext Step MCAT Tutor
Phillip graduated with degrees in Biology and Chemistry before completing 4 years in a MD/PhD program at the University of Nebraska. He has spent over 4 years in MCAT prep, now working full-time to help develop Next Step’s MCAT materials.

MCAT Success Stories

MCAT Tutoring FAQs

One-on-One Professional MCAT Tutoring can be a significant investment in your success, however, the pay off can result in admission to better medical schools and more financial aid. To help you in making your decision, we have included answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

How Tutoring is Different

Next Step Test Preparation is the only national prep company focused exclusively on one-on-one tutoring rather than lecture-style class instruction. Every year, hundreds of our students come to us after having taken the prep courses – having seen little to no score increase. Time and again, we hear students tell us that they wish they would have skipped the prep courses (saving $2,000+) and gone straight with individual tutoring. What makes tutoring different is the ability for our instructors to carefully plan a customized program. Most broadly, the pace and focus areas of a program for a student starting in the 490’s and a student starting in the 510’s will be very different. But even for an individual student, you’ll find you are better at some things and worse at others – and you’ll waste time reviewing material you’ve already mastered.

We help you stay engaged and accountable

Ask your friends who have taken the prep courses whether they were dialed in at 9:30pm after a full day of work or school. While prepcourse students receive lessons passively and only ocasionally ask a question, our students are fully engaged with their tutor for the entire session. And, our tutors make sure you are taking the right steps and putting in the time to be successful – you are not just a face in a crowd.

Flexible Scheduling and Start Dates

Our MCAT tutoring students also value our flexible scheduling and ability to get a prep program kicked off within a week. Instead of waiting for a new class to begin, wasting valuable prep time, you could be working through a customized program that starts right away and meets on your schedule – not a company schedule. Instructors often have availability daytimes, nights, and weekends.

Q: I know some big prep companies will re-train SAT tutors to teach other tests. How do I know my instructor will be qualified?
Each of our instructors has scored highly on an actual, AAMC-administered MCAT. At Next Step, you will work with a MCAT specialist.

 

Q: When my friend took a prep course, she had 4 different instructors. Is that how tutoring works?
No! At Next Step, we only hire MCAT instructors who have mastered every section of the test. The largest prep companies have tutors qualify for individual sections — often having a LSAT instructor teach verbal. We believe that you need one great teacher coaching you, not a group.

 

Q: What if I don’t get along with my instructor?

98% of our students have been pleased with their instructor. However, if for any reason you’re not pleased we can switch instructors or offer a pro-rated refund for unused hours.

 

Q: Is this really better than a prep course?
We sure think so. Think about it this way — in any other area of your life, have you felt it was more effective to sit in a lecture course than to work individually with an expert? Would you go to the doctor with 20 other patients? Next Step takes MCAT prep seriously — that’s why we offer only the best service.

 

Q: Why haven’t I heard of Next Step? I’ve only heard of the companies that I see on campus.
We are able to offer one-on-one tutoring services for the price of a group lecture prep course because don’t invest in expensive brick and mortar test centers, and we don’t spend tens of millions per year in advertising. Most of our business comes from referrals and word of mouth. When you spend $2,000 on a prep course, the vast majority of that cost is going to the advertising it took to get you there. We think there is a better way.

 

Q: Can I buy just one hour of tutoring?
While we can arrange a demo lesson before students commit to a longer package, we don’t think it’s effective to meet with a tutor just once. This sets the wrong expectation – that there are secrets to the MCAT that a student can learn in an hour and then instantly make a huge increase. Our program is a long-term partnership between student and tutor.

 

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.