Next Step Test Prep Review

Next Step Test Prep offers one-on-one, tutored MCAT courses built around a customized curriculum that targets each individual's study needs. While on-site options are limited, online courses are available to students around the world.

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The Good

Flexible one-on-one courses

Next Step Test Prep offers four tutored-course packages, each of which begins with an initial diagnostic MCAT test to identify your areas of strength and weakness. Your private tutor then works with you to develop a custom study plan to target your weaknesses and build on your strengths. Unlike traditional classroom courses offered by many other MCAT prep companies, all Next Step Test Prep tutored courses have flexible start dates and meeting schedules. The company’s Crash Course package includes 16 hours of live tutoring scheduled over one or two months. The Comprehensive Plan offers 24 hours of live tutoring over two or three months, while the Intensive Review package provides 40 hours of tutoring over a period of three to six months. If you’re interested in a custom tutoring plan, the Premium Tutoring package enables you to schedule up to four tutoring sessions per week with one of the company’s top tutors.

AAMC practice exams included

All Next Step Test Prep students receive actual past MCAT tests published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the MCAT administrator. While many other MCAT prep companies offer practice tests, most are developed in-house or published by third parties. While third-party tests make for excellent practice, access to a few actual past tests helps give you confidence that you’re ready for the real thing. Currently, AAMC offers eight official practice tests for sale. As a Crash Course student, you receive three of those tests. Comprehensive Plan students get four of the tests, while Intensive Review students get five tests. If you decide to go with the Premium Tutoring package, you get all eight AAMC-published practice tests.

Solid satisfaction guarantees

Although Next Step Test Prep instructors are highly trained and experienced, if you’re not satisfied with your instructor for any reason, you have the right to ask for an immediate change. This is an important policy, as Next Step Test Prep courses rely on a strong one-on-one student-teacher relationship to produce good results. If you’re unhappy for any other reason, the company also offers a no-questions-asked refund policy that returns your tuition for any unused tutoring hours. Simply cancel your plan and you get the balance of your payment returned immediately, less the cost of materials and associated shipping charges.

The Bad

No study guides provided for most courses

If you opt for Next Step Test Prep’s Premium Tutoring plan, the company provides you with a complete set of MCAT course books. However, this is the only course package that provides such materials. If you opt for any of the other course packages, you have to work with your tutor to identify third-party study guides to supplement your lessons and then purchase them separately. This is a little unusual for the industry, as most MCAT prep companies base their courses and teaching methods around a particular set of learning materials and deliver those materials along with the price of tuition.

Limited in-person study opportunities

While Next Step Test Prep offers online courses to students around the world, the company’s on-site courses are only available in cities in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, in addition to Washington, D.C. If you’re looking for in-person tutored courses outside of these locations, quality providers serve nearly every U.S. state. Kaplan, for example, serves 43 states, while The Princeton Review offers MCAT courses in 28 states.

The Details

General Information

  • Average Class Size: 1
  • Delivery Methods: On-Site, Live Online
  • Hours of Instruction: 16 - 60
  • Number of Full Practice Tests: 7/18/2014
  • Quiz Bank Questions: None



Crash Course

  • Price: $1,549
  • Hours of Instruction: 16
  • Delivery Method: On-Site, Live Online

Comprehensive Plan

  • Price: $2,299
  • Hours of Instruction: 24
  • Delivery Method: On-Site, Live Online

Intensive Review

  • Price: $3,699
  • Hours of Instruction: 40
  • Delivery Method: On-Site, Live Online

Premium Tutoring

  • Price: $8,999 - $13,999
  • Hours of Instruction: 24 - 60
  • Delivery Method: On-Site, Live Online

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