DAT Test Prep & Tutoring
The DAT is standardized, but our students are not. We have helped thousands of students raise their DAT scores through our customized DAT prep tutoring program. How can we help you?
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DAT Tutoring On Your Own Terms
Even if you’ve got a great GPA, incredible research, and a ton of extracurriculars, the DAT exam can still be daunting when it’s all that stands between you and admittance to dental school. Don’t worry – we can help. At Next Step Test Preparation, we work one-on-one with our students to create personalized lesson plans tailored to their unique abilities and requirements. Next Step is one of the few tutoring companies to offer a comprehensive DAT pre course program with instructors who have actually taken the DAT and scored 22+ (rather than retraining instructors from the MCAT or high school science tutors).
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“I need to thank you so much for your help, time, and flexibility in tutoring. I was genuinely surprised I got a 22 on PAT. I’m happy with my scores and have you in large part to thank.”
DAT Tutoring Program
Each Next Step student begins with a diagnostic exam that helps us determine a lesson plan. Once we’ve identified what needs improvement, a student is set up with their instructor. Although schedules often vary, students and tutors generally meet once or twice a week for two-hour lessons, ideally for a period of two to four months. At the beginning of each Next Step program, students are provided with a draft schedule of their program. This schedule is not set in stone, and we’ll adjust it as required. Each session, meanwhile, is usually divided into three segments:
- Homework is reviewed, and overall progress is discussed
- New topics are covered in-depth, and weaker areas are reviewed
- Homework and practice exams are assigned
In addition, we specialize in the following test cases:
- Students who have completed a prep class: Many of our students have taken the DAT after taking a prep course, only to have not received the scores they need for admission. The most common complaint we hear is that DAT courses don’t help students effectively transition their knowledge into points on test day. We work with students to do just that, helping students improve who have already reviewed the science content.
- Students who wish to retake the DAT exam: Re-taking any exam is far from a positive experience, least of all the DAT. Most pre-dental students put a ton of effort and focus into their test, and are often rightfully disappointed when their score comes back under 20. By focusing on areas of particular challenge, we help these students turn around problem sections and polish strategies with the help of some practice tests.
Materials and Methodologies
One Student, One Teacher
We don’t plop our students down in a lecture hall and expect them to learn through osmosis. Each Next Step student is paired up with a single veteran instructor, tasked with devising a personalized lesson plan based on how they learn, what they need to know, and what they need to improve. It’s really the best program possible, as our satisfied graduates will attest:
Strategy Over Rote Memorization
Most DAT courses and classes are great at teaching the science behind the exam, but offer little in the way of practical advice. In short, they don’t teach students to think like the DAT, which is something we pride ourselves on doing. There are many different paths to the solution on a DAT science question, and we help students determine which one works best for them. As for the Perceptual Ability Test (PAT), it’s nothing but strategy – which is why your instructor will work with you to master the thought processes necessary for success.
DAT Prep Wherever And Whenever You Need It
Our DAT program lets you start at any time, and one-on-one online tutoring lets you do it from any location.
DAT Tutoring Prices and Packages
- 2-3 Months
- Custom Study Plan
- 22+ Scoring Tutor
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- 3-6 Months
- Custom Study Plan
- 22+ Scoring Tutor
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- 3-6+ Months
- Custom Study Plan
- 23+ Scoring Tutor
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To help keep tuition more reasonable, we don’t bundle in the cost of prep books or tests. Instead, your private tutor will work with you out of the materials you already have, or will make suggestions for the best materials for your needs.
Competitors’ DAT Tutoring Rates:
DAT Class: $1,399
15 Hours DAT Tutoring: $2,999
DAT Class: $1,399
30 Hours DAT Tutoring: $6,450
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 DAT instructors. We offer multi-payment plans on any tutoring package. Contact us for details.
“I turned to Next Step after getting average results after using a traditional test prep course. This time around, I decided I needed more specific help. I needed structure, and in the first session, we set up a schedule that I could work with and stick to.”Lauren
Next Step Test Preparation students work one-on-one with an incredible tutor to help you get the DAT score you need to pass. Frequently, our instructors worked for years at other DAT test prep companies or independently before joining our team. Each of our DAT instructors have a sterling academic record and years teaching the DAT. 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 DAT private tutoring in your area; just contact us for a complimentary consultation.
Meet some of our veteran DAT instructors
Neil has taught DAT for 4 years.
Craig holds a PhD in Chemistry and has over a decade of teaching experience.
Dana graduated from the University of Michigan where she majored in biology and minored in Asian Studies. She has a 23 on both the total science and academic average sections of the DAT, putting her in the 97-98th percentile. She is currently a second year student at the University of IL at Chicago College of Dentistry. She has mentored students for various subjects and standardized test preparation for 5 years.
Andy’s last student scored AA – 21, TS – 20, and PAT – 22, and says “First off I need to thank you so much for your help, time, and flexibility in tutoring me for the DAT in such a short time window. You were a huge help and I SERIOUSLY doubt I would have been able to achieve these scores without you.” – Arjun
Sultan is graduate of UC-Santa Barbara where he studied biology with an emphasis in immunology. He scored a 24 on the DAT, including a perfect 30 on General Chemistry. He teaches and tutors full time both online and in the Santa Barbara area. When not tutoring, Sultan enjoys playing the double bass and games of pickup soccer.
Elizabeth attended Cornell University as an undergrad and Rutgers University for her MBA. Elizabeth especially enjoys bringing the insight she has developed as an MCAT/DAT writer into the classroom, helping students see the underlying patterns in the questions. She tutors MCAT and DAT both online and in the Seattle and Tacoma areas. When she’s not busy teaching and tutoring, Elizabeth keeps herself moving by participating in triathalons and marathons.
DAT Success Story
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 DAT instructors who have mastered every section of the test (including PAT). The largest prep companies have tutors qualify for individual sections. 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 dentist with 20 other patients? Next Step takes DAT 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 DAT that student can learn in an hour and then instantly make a huge increase. Our program is a long-term partnership between student and tutor.
Becoming a dentist can be difficult and expensive. There are tests to prepare for and take, applications to send, fees to pay, all before you even begin dental school. Next Step wants to help defer these costs. We know how difficult and expensive this process can be and we’d like to help make it a little less stressful. So, we are offering a scholarship to help get you started. Each year we will be giving one grand prize winner $1000 and one runner up $200. So, how do you apply?
- Submit a resume
- Submit a copy of your informal transcript
- Write an essay in 500 words or less answering the following question: What was a recent event that reaffirmed your desire to become a dentist?
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 2018 scholarship must be received by midnight, May 31, 2018. Next Step staff will choose winners based on dedication to pursuing a career in dentistry and academic record. Offer void where prohibited.