Next Step Test Prep Reviews
Our students have found that Next Step’s one-on-one tutoring approach has been incredibly effective in helping them raise their test scores. Whether studying for the first time or improving scores on a re-take, our students consistently praise the personal attention they receive from our outstanding tutors. Read each Next Step review and watch success stories below.
MCAT Success Stories
The greatest asset provided by my tutor was a system of organization I wouldn’t have otherwise known or used. The organized approach to deconstructing the material made the process approachable and fun as I learned to master the exam stepwise. My tutor also introduced resources complementary to the NextStep coursework that I would not have found myself and which proved indispensable to my performance.
My experience with NextStep was phenomenal! My tutor is amazing! She had a way of making our sessions fun and interesting, yet she made sure that I got my work done and that I got what I needed to get out of the session. I improved from the 49th percentile on the old MCAT to the 76th percentile on the new MCAT! This definitely would not have been possible without NextStep or my tutor. I would recommend this service to anybody!
Prior to NextStep, I had written my MCAT once previously and completed the Princeton Review online course to prepare. I felt that I was not prepared enough, and my scores were very much indicative of that. The MCAT is all about thinking a certain way, and I found that the Princeton Review was lacking that.
I would highly recommend NextStep prep. You get the one on one experience that no other online prep service can provide you. I was able to develop a rapport with my tutor, and felt comfortable asking her all kinds of questions. We were able to work on my biggest weaknesses, and I steadily improved with each practice test.
My tutor always comes incredibly prepared with supplemental images and a breakdown of the passage. He also was very flexible and supportive in designing my study plan. He really helped, mentally and academically, with preparing for the MCAT. Without him, I don’t think I would have been able to have such a clear, focused mindset for the exam. He was very understanding and personalized everything for my specific needs and I will recommend him (and have) for friends I believe could use the extra help.
My experience with Next Step Test Prep was great, and my tutor was an invaluable resource as I worked to master the MCAT. Something I realized is that the MCAT is not only about what you know, but also about knowing how to tackle a standardized test. That’s where tutoring came in handy the most: learning how to approach the MCAT with effective study plans and test-taking strategies. It was also reassuring to know that I was studying in a way that has been proven effective by previous test-takers, giving me the freedom to devoting my energy to my studies, not to crafting a study plan. Went from a 499 on initial diagnostic to a 515 on official MCAT.
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.James
I checked my Mcat results and I am so excited! I got a 513
130 Chem physics
Thank you so much for helping me. The Chem and physics is such a surprise I can’t even believe it!!Hayley
My experience with NS was really great. Despite receiving a lower score than I wanted and expected, my tutor (Armin) was incredibly helpful, encouraging, and professional. I also received great support from Heather, who encouraged me to sign up with NS and assured me that I would have a positive experience and improve my score to a level where I felt comfortable applying, which I did.Megan
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
Working with Lee was an absolute privilege. He always maintained a professional, focused, yet friendly atmosphere during our sessions, and he provided me with an excellent study plan that set me up for success on the MCAT. He has a gift for identifying areas where improvement is needed and breaking down complex concepts into clear terms. In addition, he helped me significantly improve my time management skills. I would strongly recommend him to anyone preparing for the MCAT.Jarrod
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)
Overall, I’m happy with my score. For future test takers, I would
definitely advise them to not take the exam unless they have had at
least one full semester of biochemistry and can become comfortable
with the material. Biochemistry showed up on over 50% of the test,
even the non Biological Sciences section. Other tips I learned from my
experience: Don’t use any Kaplan test scores as indicative of actual
scores, they were always significantly lower and not a good guide!
Also, use EVERYTHING possible from the AAMC. I ended up doing strictly
practice problems from e-MCAT the last week before the test and it was
one of the best studying tools.
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] Lauren
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: 128 (87th percentile)
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills: 127 (81st percentile)
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: 127 (77th percentile)
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 126 (66th percentile)
My initial diagnostic was a 506 and I scored a 518 on the exam.
I got a 512 and was super happy!Sam
Having already gone through the AAMC tests, she worked to find me other practice tests/passages for me to complete–for this I was truly grateful. She was also really flexible/convenient with session times, and was willing to alter our schedule if it was needed. I definitely felt more prepared going into this test than in the past, and I owe that to CarolineLauren R.
I can’t thank you and Bryan at Next Step test prep enough…so far I have been accepted to three great medical schools in the U.S. including my top choice: Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia! I couldn’t be happier and look forward to more interviews in January. Best wishes to you and everyone at Next Step for a happy and healthy New Year.Genevieve
I definitely went into the MCAT with 100% more confidence thanks to Next Step. My instructor was great, as was the whole program. I liked how I could work at my own pace and focus on the things that I needed to work on the most. My tutor was always prepared with the material that I gave to him before each session, and he would work his schedule according to mine. Rather than giving me the correct answer right away, he gave helpful hints when needed. The way he taught helped me feel confident in myself and my ability to succeed on this test. I would recommend Next Step to anyone.Nicole
Bryan was great to work with, he was very patient with me as it took quite a while for me to fully wrap my mind around different concepts. He was always more than willing to help me out on any questions and I had and he was very professional when it came to responding to emails and texts. In my opinion working with your company was a much better choice for me than working with Kaplan. I enjoyed the one-on-one learning experience and sessions were enjoyable because I actually was conversing with someone rather than staring at a screen and typing questions onto a chat board. Overall I thank you for providing me with exceptional tutoring services and I will definitely recommend your service to others I know taking graduate entrance testsAndrew
“Next Step tutors are dedicated to making their students successful. I really enjoyed working with my tutor. He was very understanding of my schedule and was always encouraging. He truly played a big role in helping me attain the MCAT score I wanted. I’m very grateful to have studied with NextStep! I used the techniques I learned from my tutor and kept practicing exams. Studying paid off! I actually had to call my dad to double check the score! I’m very excited about my score because it has made me competitive and has given me the opportunity to interview at top schools. I can’t wait for medical school!”Kaveeta K.
It’s going great! I got accepted to both the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville’s med schools and ended up choosing UK. So now I just get to relax this summer and get ready to hit the ground running. Thanks again for everything!Sean
When starting with NextStep, my diagnostic test was only a 493. I increased my score by 14 points from my Diagnostic Test 4 months prior to my MCAT. I scored a 130 in the Biology section, placing me in the 97th percentile.
I had a great experience with Next Step Test Prep! My tutor was extremely helpful in addressing all of my study needs, directing focus to improve my problem areas, and coaching me in overall test preparation. With his help and the resources provided by Next Step, I was able to successfully increase my score by an exceptional amount. The score increase really is a guarantee!Sara
I have had many tutors before, for various courses and standard exams, but my experience with my tutor from NextStep had been the most rewarding and worthwhile. I really enjoyed working with him because he was always enthusiastic about our lessons, was always prepared with answers to my questions, and was consistently understanding, flexible, and patient if I couldn’t get something done in time. He was, in short, a phenomenal tutor. Without a doubt, I wouldn’t have scored as well as I did if it hadn’t been for his time and attention. I even had a blast taking the exam because I felt so prepared that it seemed easy!Tammy
I reached out to Next Step a few days after receiving my June MCAT score. To put things in perspective, I had one more shot to take the MCAT again if I wanted to have a fighting chance to get into medical school in this cycle. From the start of those 30 days, my tutor was there to help me demystify the MCAT. One of my favorite qualities of my tutor was his ability to articulate why an answer was correct from the perspective of the test writer.
Over the course of the month I improved my score on every practice test leading up to Test Day. He was able to adapt to my needs and was integral to me approaching the MCAT in a more confident way, which ultimately led to me raising my score. I’m proud to say that I was accepted to medical school and will be starting in August 2017.ML
Got a 518 (previously got a 506 with Kaplan). The tutor was adaptable and catered to what I needed to work on. He was realistic, and even though I only needed my score to go up 4 points, he helped me get it up 12 points in just under 2 months. I’m really happy with the amount of work we put in.AH
My tutor helped me design an organized schedule from Day 1, which kept my preparation manageable and well-paced. I found the 1-on-1 sessions to be the most efficient and beneficial way to get ready for the MCAT because he was able to teach me in real-time, point out where I needed the most work, and suggest other supplemental resources to fill in the gaps in my knowledge. I am so thankful for my tutor’s resourcefulness and willingness to find a learning style that worked most appropriately for me; when I was not understanding a concept, he provided me with additional videos, worksheets, and readings. I appreciated the NextStep exam feedback and my tutor’s individual feedback.WS
I’ve already recommended Next Step to a couple of people. I was very happy with the product. This is my second time taking the MCAT. The first time I used Kaplan and I didn’t get a lot out of it. All the money I made at school went towards it and I was so disappointed. This was an in-person class where you have a group of people and 1 out of 3 hours can be wasted by two or three students. It got to the point where I used it solely for the practice tests.
I thought the strongest aspect of the Next Step program was their focus on high yield subjects. I saw significant increases in my score this time around. I just wasn’t satisfied with Kaplan at all, but for the price, this time around I was much happier with Next Step. I did a bunch of research before deciding to buy Next Step’s program and unanimously on SDN and Reddit Next Step was viewed as having the best practice tests. That held true. I was very happy with how the FL and section tests correlated to the real MCAT.Chris
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, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this application cycle goes for me with this much improved score. From 505 to 517. I’ll take it.Stuart
I got the score back, and it was a 513! Listed in the 90th percentile, which is a huge jump from my last two tests which were in the 73rd and 67th percentile.
I just wanted to thank you for your help this summer, clearly working with you helped me significantly.Mitra
“I just wanted to say how much of a fantastic job Eli did tutoring me for the MCAT. He always went above and beyond what was expected and was incredibly patient when I struggled with a few concepts. He was always very prepared to each tutoring session and was always able to resolve any issues I had with content or test logic. Overall, he is an awesome person and it was a great experience!”Ameya
Working with NextStep was an excellent experience. They did an incredible job at tailoring the program to my specific needs and weaknesses. I found the program to be especially helpful at breaking down months of preparation into a step-by-step schedule that was completely manageable. The MCAT is a beast, but working with NextStep definitely alleviated my feelings of being overwhelmed. Before working with NextStep, I initially took a large group class with a different test prep company and saw little improvement. Even though NextStep was more expensive than the course, with NextStep I felt that I received SUBSTANTIALLY more value for my money. Looking back, my only regret is that I didn’t forgo the large group class and instead work with NextStep from the beginning.John
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!Kevin
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!Beth
I scored a 507, that being said I scored a 128 in the chem/physics, and a 130 in the biology section. The psychology section is scored a 124, and CARS a 125. I felt that Next Step definitely helped me improved at how I looked at the passages the MCAT provides and gave me at least 3 points towards my scores.Franklin
Update on my score. Nearly didn’t believe it… 518–97th percentileDan
On the Next Step Diagnostic Test, I scored: Total: 503 (Chem/Phys: 125 – CARS: 125 – Bio/Biochem: 125 – Psych/Soc: 128). On test day I scored hit 518 (Chem/Phys: 130 – CARS: 129 – Bio/Biochem: 129 – Psych/Soc: 130)
Working with NextStep was an excellent experience. They did an incredible job at tailoring the program to my specific needs and weaknesses. I found the program to be especially helpful at breaking down months of preparation into a step-by-step schedule that was completely manageable. The MCAT is a beast, but working with NextStep definitely alleviated my feelings of being overwhelmed. Before working with NextStep, I initially took a large group class with a different test prep company and saw little improvement. Even though NextStep was more expensive than the course, with NextStep I felt that I received SUBSTANTIALLY more value for my money. Looking back, my only regret is that I didn’t forgo the large group class and instead work with NextStep from the beginning.JB
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
I hope you have been well! I received my test scores, so I just wanted to give you the update.
Overall, I got a 508 (77th percentile).
Chem/Physics: 128 and 87th percentile
It has been special to work with Jonathan. He is incredibly knowledgeable and brilliant, but what I found most impressive was his approach towards the intangibles to preparing for a stressful standardized exam. He has a passion for the MCAT that is infectious and inspiring. He makes an effort to ensure his students do not feel alone in their preparation. His unconditional support and commitment to my success made me feel as if my preparation was a total team effort. Knowing I had Jonathan on my side helped me manage the stress and the emotional swings that undoubtedly accompany MCAT preparation. In my opinion, this is often the most challenging aspect of prepping for the MCAT. How do you know that what you are doing is helpful or worthwhile? Jonathan helped me to manage my time and to focus my preparation on my specific weaknesses. For these reasons, I believe Jonathan to be a remarkable tutor whose experience in MCAT preparation and commitment to his students are truly unmatched.Matthew
I hope all is well with you. I finally got up the courage today to check my MCAT score ( after receiving a secondary from Miami (my dream school) knowing they prescreen). Considering I didn’t get close to the amount of studying in that I wanted to, I think I did fairly well. My score was: Phys -125(55 percentile). Verbal – 125( 58 percentile). Bio -127(77 percentile). Psych- 128( 86 percentile). Total score was 505 (68 percentile). I was shocked by the verbal. I had been doing really well in practice. However, my previous verbal was a 6( 27 percentile). So I more than doubled my percentile, which I am pretty happy with. I could not have come close without your help. Nothing helped before I started working with you.
You truly made all the difference. I am immeasurably grateful! Thank you Matt!Shena
The program is fantastic! I entered tutoring with next step only being able to get through 5 of the 7 passages on the verbal reasoning section. After three sessions I was able to read all seven passages in the allotted hour something I wasn’t able to accomplish before. I wanted to let you know my tutor Matt is very patient and understanding and very knowledgeable. I’ve enjoyed all my sessions and his instruction has already made major improvements in my performance. I’m excited to continue and see where the progress takes me. Thanks again for everything!Matthew S.
It’s nice to hear from you. As far as I could tell I felt strong on each section. I am very anxious to get my score, mostly because I had improved so much over the course of my sessions with Ethan. Ethan was very easy to work with and although he is clearly off the charts smart, he did not come off as some arrogant tutor or professor like many people do. I was and am very pleased with the relationship I built with him throughout the course. I also want to note that the lessons via skype were much better than I had anticipated. I was a bit weary at first because I was unsure what it would be like, but it felt just as though I was in the room with him.AJ
MCAT Class Success Stories
This course was just what I needed. Filled with organized resources, this course contains the high yield content that I’ll need to do well on the exam. Also, it’s great being able to compare my “test-like thinking” to my instructors (whom I know have obliterated this test multiple times) so that I can understand how I need to be thinking in order to do well. I would recommend this course to my friends so that they can immediately organize and focus their MCAT studying.
I love the idea of live office hours and have enjoyed being a part of them. It just gives me more opportunity to talk about the MCAT with an MCAT expert. Being an introvert, sometimes it takes a lot of guts for me to turn on my mic and ask a question, but the small attendance has made it much less intimidating and I feel like I can actually ask a question, no problem. I’ve never had my questions overlooked, the instructors always notice me and genuinely try to help! The previous test prep company I used (I did their online only format) had 100s of students in a “chat room” at a time, so I never got my questions answered.
Now on to the study schedule- I work full time and it is really hard to balance it all, so organization is key for me. The study guide is my plan of action. I know exactly what I need to get done each day and I don’t need to sit there and think about it! Plus there is nothing more satisfying than crossing off a to-do and marking it as complete. Love it.Courtney
It has everything you need to be prepared for the MCAT, plus friendly personnel. It’s like having a study buddy who is really smart and can answer all your questions.Amir
I like being accountable to a study plan. It keeps me on track and I think it’s manageable with the homework and videos. I have begun to see improvements in the sections I’ve worked the most on. The qbanks are super awesome and the CR are great. I like how the lesson is broken up into sections so I’m actively paying attention rather than listening to someone go on and on.T.V.
The course is great at preparing you for only the relevant topics that will be seen on the MCAT. Furthermore, the way the class is set up forces you to understand topics rather than memorize, which allows for greater critical thinking capacity during tests when applying relevant information to different topics. Finally, the study schedule revisits topics consistently so you don’t just “learn and forget”. I really enjoy the study schedule and all of the available online resources. If I ever find myself not knowing a sub topic or a topic in general, I quickly watch that review video. It makes learning very easy.Christopher
This is my second time studying for the MCAT. The first time, I studied by myself with review books from other MCAT prep companies. I would recommend this program to first time students or students who do not need a lot of motivation, but need a sense of direction on what to study. Thy cyclical structure of the course is beneficial in that we revisit concepts multiple times whether it be in the content review books, the content review videos, or the coursebook. This approach has greatly increased my understanding and ability to apply concepts.Lou
LSAT Success Stories
Hi. I just wanted to let you know I got my December LSAT score and I got a 171! My percentile rank went from 73 to 98. Thank you so much for all of your help!Melissa
Rob is the best tutor I have ever had – he is so patient and willing to redirect his plans according to what I need. I have already gone up 7 points and I don’t want to stop there, so I have chosen to reschedule my test date so I can keep working with Rob and see what my score truly can be. My time with him is not only educational but enjoyable, he makes learning about the LSAT fun.Noelle
I just wanted to follow up with you and let you know I scored a 157 on my LSAT this past June– a 14 point improvement! Thanks again for all of your help. Sean was a great tutor.Stephanie
Mark was an excellent teacher. I was very impressed with his thorough knowledge of the LSAT. When I first met with Mark I was intimidated by the Logic Games. With his help, I was able to become much more proficient with the Games. On test day I felt very confident and well prepared. As a former Kaplan student, I can say that Next Step’s one-on-one tutoring is far superior. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to improve their score.Braden
I found out today that I got into law school! FYI, on my first LSAT, I scored a 5 on the games section. This past LSAT, I scored a 16. Thanks for all the help.Mark
Good news! I did as well as I wanted on the LSAT improving from 146 to 154. University of Idaho accepted me for the fall! Thanks again,
From the first session to the last, my Next Step LSAT tutor’s lessons always made a concrete improvement in my test taking skills. After completing a Kaplan course without as much improvement as I expected, Next Step’s tutoring came as a welcome relief. Instead of forcing me to follow a rigid curriculum my tutor adopted his teaching to my specific needs. As such, we made big strides on my weakest sections and solidified my strengths. All of this yielded significant improvements on my practice tests. Yet, my biggest improvements came on test day. He did a phenomenal job of building my confidence and comfort with the LSAT. It made a big difference when it matted most.Chris
I am very happy that I was able to take your course before the LSAT. It certainly helped me prepare for the test. The one-on-one attention definitely is a great way to work on weaknesses and create a game plan for the test. I was also very happy with Rob. It’s easy to see that he genuinely wants his students to succeed and do their best. He helped me to strengthen a lot of my weaknesses and to develop tricks to save time and eliminate incorrect answer choices. He has a kind and easy-going demeanor, which is great, because it makes the learning environment very comfortable. Also, he has a great approach to teaching difficult material. If his initial method didn’t exactlyclick, then he would try another approach and make sure that the material was understood before moving on. By the time I took my last practice test before the official day, I had increased my score by 11 points.Shane
My LSAT tutor was extremely focused, organized, and knowledgeable. She had a plan for every meeting and was very helpful. She was also very flexible with her scheduling which allowed me a tremendous amount of freedom to schedule around my school work, soccer etc. I would recommend Next Step to anyone. She did a tremendous job and I owe a lot to her efforts.Peter
I’d be happy to recommend my Next Step LSAT tutor to anyone. She was a great tutor and I think she really did a great job of preparing me for the test. She is clearly very intelligent, but she is also very skilled at breaking down difficult concepts and rendering them understandable to her students, which to me is a sign of a great teacher. She also passed along some useful strategies for approaching the more difficult test questions as well as test-taking tips. I had a lot of trouble with the logic games when we first started, but she was very patient and encouraging with me, and by the time the test rolled around, I felt really confident in my abilities, thanks to her.Liz
I would recommend Next Step Test Prep to anyone I know. After taking a course with Kaplan I was highly unsatisfied. Instead of taking my needs into account Kaplan taught the classes with a one size fits all mentality. Their primary focus was to drill prep material over and over without the necessary review of questions. With Next Step Test Prep I got a tutor who knew MY strengths and weaknesses. We went through every question I had trouble with and he showed me just where I went wrong and what I could do to avoid that in the future. In the end he helped me create a test taking strategy specifically tailored at achieving my LSAT goal score of 163.Dan
My scores since working with Next Step have skyrocketed, from a preliminary score of 154 to 174. Which is right in the range I was hoping to reach.Nick
I started prepping on my own, but sought out Next Step Test Prep’s services when I realized that I didn’t quite have the underlying tools needed to master the LSAT. I was matched with an amazing LSAT tutor, Michael, who quickly assessed my strengths and weaknesses on the Logical Reasoning section. Tutoring via their online system was convenient and made it easy for us to target specific problem types. The way Michael explained the principles that many LR questions are based on helped me learn to analyze new questions on my own. I am thrilled with the results I got from Michael’s thorough and detailed feedback on my progress and his help in improving my score by challenging and encouraging me. I have since been admitted to Harvard Law, which I don’t think would have been possible without the high score I was confident and well prepared to achieve thanks to Michael!
Next Step Test Prep was by far the biggest reason for my score increase. My LSAT tutor was a Harvard grad with a perfect score! Can’t really ask for much more than that. We were able to meet about 15 minutes from my home and on my schedule. I took a Kaplan course and a portion of a Testmasters course before finding Next Step. In those courses I was in a class setting and if you don’t understand it you’re out of luck, because they won’t hold everyone up for you. So I ended up spending too little time on things I needed help with and too much time on things I didn’t. With Next Step you go at your pace 100% and if you don’t understand something you don’t just move on to keep up with a schedule, they make sure you understand to the best of your ability. All in all I was at a better understanding of the material in just a few sessions with my private LSAT tutor than I was when I was finished the entire Kaplan course. I would recommend Next Step to any person who really wants to get that score they are dreaming of. You still have to work but the staff makes it that much easier to learn. So you if you’re a person who benefits from one on one help and top notch service, this is the company to use, you won’t regret it!Greg K
I found Next Step extremely beneficial as I prepared for the LSAT. I had taken the Powerscore prep course prior to receiving private tutoring through Next Step and I wish I had skipped the former and gone straight to the latter. I found the individual attention of a Next Step private tutor much more valuable than the group instruction at Powerscore which, while useful, was too broad and too general. The techniques and tactics I learned were thoughtful and specific. My Next Step tutor was able to isolate my individual strengths and weaknesses so we could tailor a program specific to my needs. This aspect of tutoring with Next Step, along with the flexibility to work with my schedule, made my LSAT preparation more efficient and more effective. My Next Step tutor was incredibly knowledgeable and professional. He had an exceptional ability to isolate the essential elements of seemingly complex questions and reduce them to their simpler components. He helped me trace my thought processes when I made mistakes and offered explanations for correct answers in accurate, concise language. Through tutoring with Next Step I was able to raise my score from a 161 to a 167 which allowed me to get into the school I wanted to get into. I am very happy that I chose to tutor with Next Step and I would recommend them to anyone looking for that extra edge.Cameron
All I’ve wanted to do is be a lawyer my entire life. Taking the LSAT has been the biggest obstacle for me. I took a Kaplan class, I spent over $3,000 on courses, I bought every book and nothing worked. I started to think maybe it just wasn’t meant to be. Then I started looking into having one on one sessions. Kaplan, and Test Masters were just teaching me the same methods that were not working. Working with Next Step helped clear up every issue I was having. We intensely worked on LR, and Logic Games. After the first two sessions things started to click! My LSAT tutor’s methods were all tailored to help with each of my issues. I thought logic games were impossible, but he guided me through setups and taught me methods I’d never heard of. By the end I was getting 4-5 wrong per logic game section rather than most of the questions. I highly recommend Next Step, and If anyone is confused please feel free to contact me. If you stick with Next Step you will all do well 🙂Dede
Gabe is really a great help and I’m already appreciative of your service of finding high-end tutors for people. These other companies just stick warm bodies in front of people and give them a script to read. Not a good way to approach the most important test in one’s life.
I got a 157 on the December 2016 exam. I had a really great experience with Next Step. It was very beneficial to receive advice and guidance that helped me target my weaknesses and improve my score in a short amount of time. I really liked being able to discuss the challenges I faced with my tutor and receive feedback each week. I found the one-on-one tutoring style to be a more effective in preparing for the LSAT, especially in comparison to the (online) classroom-style courses I tried previously.
I will certainly refer Next Step to anyone looking for a tutor. I had a wonderful experience with your company and David was an excellent tutor for the LSAT. I wanted to share some good news with you regarding my application process this spring. I was accepted into 8 of the 9 schools to which I applied, including my top choice- The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law! I am so thankful for David’s help and the confidence he gave me to tackle the LSAT.
Before I started studying with Rob, I took a LSAT practice test and scored a 143. By the time I took the LSAT, I was scoring in the 150s. There was definitely a learning curve for me. I kept scoring in the 140s during the first month. I can’t tell you how frustrating that is! Yet Rob was encouraging and he told me where I needed to improve. He also had to remind me that before I can score higher, I would have to learn how to take the test. He was really very helpful.
Rob was quick to find flaws in my test-taking strategies. Rob also did a great job helping me develop skills in reasoning and analyzing. We spent many hours with me answering logical reasoning questions and him listening attentively so that he could confirm my accuracy or tell me a way to approach the questions better. Consequently, I became very familiar with each type of question and how to answer them or when to move on. This is how my score improved. After learning more about the types of Logical Reasoning questions, my scores were in the 150s. I took at least 6 tests in the 150s before actually taking the LSAT.
As for technology, Rob and I used Skype for most of our classes. We also used Twiddla, an interactive online whiteboard, which worked fine for studying logic games. We corresponded on email and on occasions, we used Google phone. I felt that these technologies allowed both him and me greater flexibility in our schedules, which turned out to be great since I still had to work and had other responsibilities.
I am certain that Rob will continue to be a great asset for Next Step and truly hope the best for him.David W.
I can’t say enough great things about Annie. Not only was she incredibly prompt in replying to any questions I had about the LSAT or tutor sessions through email, but during the sessions she was very patient and helpful in providing what advice she thought would help me best. She went above and beyond in helping me go over my June LSAT and really took the time to get to know me and how I handled each section. Because of her patience, expertise and the time she took to get to know me I was able to get advice from her that was completely tailored to me. I was fully prepared and exceptionally confident for the October LSAT. I would recommend Next Step to anyone who wants to not only do well on the LSAT but push past their comfort zone and do even better on the test than they thought they could!Alyssa
I wanted to let you know that I was able to get a score good enough to get admission into law school. In addition, I want to make you aware that Trevor has been very helpful, and knowledgeable. He was very patient with me and did not get frustrated with me when I was having difficulty grasping some of the important concepts. He made sure I fully grasped the first concept before moving on to the next concept. In addition, he took his time to review each question/concept I was struggling with.
To be honest, I kind of lost hope the first two times when I took the LSAT, but with Trevor’s support I was able to raise my score. I feel like I made some progress and it won’t have been possible without Next Step Test Prep. I have taken several prep courses previously, but none of them compare to Next Step.
I will highly recommend this test prep course to my friends who are planning to go to law school.
Thanks a lot for everything. I am one step closer to becoming a lawyer!
Annie has been incredibly helpful these past weeks. Not only is she kind, but she’s a great teacher. I’ve seen a significant amount of improvement with her, and am hoping to make a little bit more for my test on October 1st. Thanks for connecting me with such a great tutor. I really feel like I’ll reach my full LSAT potential with her guidance.Alana
Next Step provided me with an excellent LSAT tutor. The Kaplan program listed my strengths and weaknesses, but didn’t provide me with any advice for improving them. My tutor gave me specific strategies and suggestions designed to help me overcome my weaknesses and succeed on test day. He offered me advice based on my own experiences, rather than those of a generic student. He was personable and professional, and I really enjoyed working with him.Emily
Ivan was an exceptional tutor. He possessed a great deal of knowledge about the LSAT and insight into how to master the techniques associated with taking the test. Most importantly, he was able to pass the insight along to me. His immense skill allowed him to not only identify where I was making mistakes and why, but to teach me the tricks necessary to rectify these mistakes. This is what enabled me to go from a 152 on my diagnostic test to a 173 on test day. Upon first working with Ivan he told me that eventually taking the test would become a robotic task, one I could master. It was with his advice, expertise and knowledge that this was able to become a reality for me.Lara
Next Step really saved my hide. I took a Kaplan course and had no improvement in my score. Instead of despairing, I looked for a real tutor, and Next Step had them. John accurately predicted my improvement to a 155. And sure enough, that’s what I ended up with. Since then, I have been offered a full scholarship to Akron, 10K/yr scholarship to John Marshall in Chicago, and I was admitted to Loyola just the other day. Hard work, and a personalized tutor who knew what he was doing (Gabe has credentials that would make a NASA scientist blush) carried me over the finish line.Adam D.
I would recommend your LSAT tutoring services to others because I have had improvement in my scores despite the limited time working with my tutor. Thank you very much for the help. It definitely has made a difference.
I am consistently impressed with Next Step’s approach to LSAT preparation. I have made tremendous improvements on both my strongest and weakest sections since working with my LSAT tutor. He uses his extensive knowledge of the test and innate ability to read his students to deliver unique instruction to each individual. I feel like my tutor has a very good understanding of my abilities and learning style, and has done a great job of targeting our practice to maximize my performance.Emily
I would highly recommend Next Step to any student who wants to get the best score possible. I had studied for two months by myself and had signed up for the Kaplan course. A week before the course started I talked to a few different people one being a consultant. The overall assessment was that I should think about getting a private LSAT tutor. I was told that Next Step was the best and to give them a call. In the end I got my refund from Kaplan and decided to go with Next Step because I was convinced it was in my best interest. My LSAT tutor helped me a tremendous amount. Each session was specifically tailored to my needs. I am very appreciative for all the improvements he helped me make. Next Step will give any student the best odds at reaching their potential.
As an international student, having already exhausted most text book materials and, seeking to improve my LSAT score I realized the next step could only be to work with a tutor to work on my unique needs. However, such resources are not available outside the United States. With Next Step I was able to work with my tutor for two hour sessions online per week and work, during all that time, specifically on my very particular needs. From very early, I noticed an improvement especially with regards to strategies that helped me track my time and target my strengths. Later on, we worked non-stop on areas in which I kept making mistakes finding new ways to attack such questions and help me avoid making the same mistakes. Overall, it was a helpful process I would recommend to anyone that would like to excel on the LSAT.Cintia
When I contacted Next Step I had just scored very low on the LSAT. I didn’t have a plan or any confidence heading into the next scheduled test. Next Step taught me various methods to not only maximize my strengths but also how to minimize the effects of my weaknesses. Their hands-on approach is second to none. I went into my next test confident and with a plan to succeed. I would recommend Next Step to anyone.Rich
Having a Next Step private tutor was helpful, since the sessions are geared towards your personal strengths and weaknesses. This really helps to maximize time and focus on personal improvement. I used a Kaplan course before Next Step and my score was much better after my tutor than it was after my coursework.Blair
GMAT Success Stories
I had never taken the GMAT or done any studying whatsoever when I started working with Ivan; so I knew I would have a lot to learn. I took the practice test and scored about a 500. I was extremely nervous that Ivan would mock my low score, but he decided to focus on the things I was doing well and advise which portions of the test I had to focus on.
I received a 680 on the official exam and was accepted to the University of Southern California Marshall MBA Program to start in the Fall of 2016. I know I could not have achieved this score without Ivan’s help. His ability to break extremely difficult concepts in to simple steps helped me improve my math score dramatically. In addition, the homework he assigned allowed me to prepare for the time limits of the GMAT. Not only was I improving my scores, but I also improved my speed.Mike
Ivan Solomon and Next Step Test Prep proved to be a phenomenal experience. I had tried taking an expensive GMAT prep course, but I felt that the course left me with only the basic knowledge required to obtain an average (550) score on the exam. Frustrated with my progress, I contacted Next Step Test Prep to receive the individual attention that I thought I needed to do well on the exam. I should mention that the first time I took the GMAT, prior to my tutoring with Next Step, I had taken the GMAT and scored a 590. After contacting Next Step, I was placed with Ivan Solomon because he was known as being a “math wiz”, and I was scoring in the 20% on the math section. Ivan is an incredible resource, and I am eternally grateful that our paths connected. Ivan put me on a proper study plan and pushed me to exceed my own expectations. In addition, Ivan went above and beyond the call of duty, allowing me to email him for help in between our sessions. Ivan also helped me develop a strategy for attacking the exam, further boosting my confidence on test day. Overall, my experience was a 10 out of 10. I could not recommend Ivan or Next Step Test Prep enough, I scored a 700 on my GMAT and could not be happier!David
Chris was an unbelievable help to me. On my first day of studying, I took a GMAT practice exam and scored a 480. To get into the business school I wanted, I needed to score above a 600. So, that’s when I decided I needed a tutor. I worked with Chris once a week for two months and after that time I scored a 610 on the GMAT exam on my first try. I was thrilled. Chris was very honest and upfront about how to be successful on the exam. I followed his instruction and he got to exactly where I needed to be. He was very good about following up with during the week and tracking my progress. There is no way I would’ve scored above a 600 without Chris’s help. I recommend him to anyone looking to pursue graduate school!! Patrick, Next Step GMAT Student, improved 130 points on the GMAT — after having taken the Kaplan course
I had a great experience with Next Step, and I can’t tell you how appreciative I am for this program. I also can’t express how grateful I am to have had Chris as my teacher. He was extremely knowledgeable and just a very down-to-earth person. In fact, over the course of the teachings, Chris and I developed a strong friendship. This in turn made the classes very enjoyable, and I am sure that Chris and I will be staying in touch going forward. If you ask me to rate Chris as a teacher by a 1-5 rating, I would say he’s a 20. The setup of the program itself is very impressive. I really liked how the program sent supplies such as the computer adaptive pad, where I could show Chris my scratch work. Throughout my experience in the class, I literally had no issues as far as materials, IT, etc. It definitely seems like the program is extremely dedicated in helping its students succeed. I work in a large financial institution, and I have already sang the praises of Next Step to many of my colleagues. I will recommend this program to anyone who is interested in achieving a high score on the GMAT. Again, I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to work with Next Step.Chris
When I started my GMAT preparation, I knew I was going to need personalized help outside a teacher talking to a large class. Fortunately, I was able to find Next Step. My GMAT tutor helped me most in the verbal section by teaching me the logic needed to get the questions correct, and my results skyrocketed in a matter of a week or two. I went from what I considered to be terrible to getting almost all the practice questions in each verbal section correct. Once I was up to speed on verbal, my tutor was able to answer any and all math questions I had from my class and supplementary examples. It is quite apparent that my tutor was a math genius. Not only was he able to answer my questions, but if I did not understand a certain example he gave me, he was able to come up with yet another way to complete the problem that was easier for me to understand. The two-hour sessions were both involved and enjoyable, as my tutor was very personable and upbeat. I could not have asked for anything more in a tutor.
I studied for the GMAT for over a year. By the time I had gotten to The Next Step I had taken a prep course from Manhattan GMAT, worked with a private tutor, and had taken the real test 4 times. I was not happy with my score and I was beyond frustrated. My practice tests were not a reflection of my real test score and I felt like I had done it all.
After spending 5 weeks working with Ivan (about 16 hours) I took the GMAT for the 5th time and finally achieved a score I was satisfied with. I improved my score by 90 points. (Scored a 640; Q:42 V:36) I attribute much of this success to Ivan. He provided me with advice and tips that no one I had previously worked with had mentioned. He also explained how to do many difficult problems in an easy and fast way. He taught me a variety of techniques regarding questions types and my timing strategy. He was realistic and honest with me, which I appreciated. We made good use of our time together and even when we didn’t have a session scheduled, Ivan was available via email or phone if I had a question.
If you are having trouble achieving the score you want on the GMAT I highly suggest you work with Ivan. He is the only tutor I worked with at The Next Step (I also had a pleasant experience with the coordinator Bryan). If Ivan is any indication on how the rest of the tutors are, I would highly recommend anyone who works for this company. I could have saved myself quite a bit of time and money had I started my GMAT preparation with The Next Step in the first place.
Just thought I would write a quick note and let you know that with Bills help I was able to improve my GMAT score from a 500 to a 610. Thanks again for everything.Andrew
I wanted to write and thank you for all your help over the last month or so, I could not have done this without your guidance. When we first started, I was scoring just under 600 on my practice exams. Fast forward to now and I raised my score by more than 100 points and broke the 700 barrier in large part because of your help. I cannot thank you enough. You were able to zero in on exactly what I needed right from the beginning and were there to answer every question I had in a way that made it easy to understand.
Mark was absolutely a great match. He’s a very talented and engaging tutor; I’m extremely pleased with his abilities, and overall, with the ease your process worked for me. I feel that I’ve improved greatly on the GMAT with Mark’s help. I only have good things to say about Mark. He cared about my progress, was always prompt, stayed engaged throughout all of our sessions, and made himself available to answer questions outside of our hours. I will definitely be recommending your services to anyone I come across looking for tutoring, and would be more than happy to serve as a reference for your company in the future.Matt
I hope this email finds you well. Yes, I took the GMAT before Christmas and it went amazingly. I scored 40 pts higher than I had on my best practice test. I couldn’t be happier and I feel like the GMAT tutoring will be integral to my overall candidacy. Bryan was a great tutor- I loved how adaptable he was. He really seems to care about his students and his work and it showed in my improvement and results. He also could give great advice about b-schools and the exam, and when I wanted to reschedule because I thought I wasn’t ready yet, he knew exactly what to say. I would highly recommend him for GMAT tutoring no matter what stage someone is in, but it seems like he is especially skilled at getting someone over the hump. Overall, I had a great experience and would recommend Bryan to anyone I know who is taking the GMAT.Alex
I was working through some nondescript books for the GMAT and was getting frustrated, not knowing what specifically I needed to know to ace the test. After much research, I decided to try Next Step Test Preparation. After my first tutoring session, I knew I made the right decision. 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. I loved Peter’s enthusiasm for teaching. He equipped me with the knowledge and confidence I needed to prep me in all the math basics that I had initially struggled with. I highly recommend Next Step Test Preparation to anyone who is looking to improve their GMAT scores.Jaslin
exam. From the start, Rich was patient, willing to listen and coach me through the quantitative and qualitative sections of the GMAT exam. He took the time to develop an individualized action plan that became a road map for our training sessions. I highly recommend Rich as someone any GMAT exam taker should meet with before they begin the preparation process. My number one revelation through the GMAT process: don’t go it alone when people like Rich are very capable of helping you through. Rich has an amazing talent for teaching, and will help any GMAT exam taker reach their goals. For what it’s worth, if I could do it over again, I would have contacted Next Step before I took the exam the first time.Robert
Choosing Next Step for GMAT preparation was one of my best professional decisions. I considered a prep class, but since my goal was a score of 700+ I wanted a very qualified GMAT tutor that could structure a customized study plan to help me reach that goal. 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
I just wanted to give you an update on my son, Andrew. Andrew took the GMAT on Friday and improved his score 70 points in the three weeks he worked with Neil. He got the score he needed for his graduate program. Thank you!! Your prompt attention to making sure he was with the right tutor made all of the difference. I am passing your name on to a friend of mine who in turn is giving it to a daughter’s boyfriend.Tracy
Bill is a great tutor for the GMAT and very concerned with my progress. He constructed custom slides for me to study — in the areas where he noticed I needed improvement. I am a poor standardized test taker and knew I needed help in the areas of time management and pacing. Bill showed me some cool strategies to address this issue and along with the skills he taught me; I was much more confident when I took the test. We had strong communication throughout the weeks of tutoring. Bill’s willingness to conveniently schedule sessions was very helpful as well. If you choose private tutoring I highly suggest Next Step.Colin
Again, I could have never done this without Zack’s help. I heard his voice in the back of my head throughout the testing sessions, preventing me from making my old mistakes. His advice was an invaluable resource for me, and our sessions were an investment of time and money that will pay incomparable dividends for me.Joe