Next Step Test Prep Review

Next Step Test Prep offers one-on-one MCAT tutoring programs built around a customized curriculum that targets each individual’s study needs. On-site and video conferencing options are available and plentiful, but the price tags can be a little overwhelming.

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Editor's Note: January 12, 2017

Next Step Prep has significantly modified its pricing and programs since we first published this review. We are planning a complete update to this page in the coming weeks, but until then, please refer to Next Step Prep's website for the most current information.

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 tutoring programs 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. Students who enroll in the Crash Course receive access to 4 of Next Step’s full-length practice exams in addition to the AAMC exams. Comprehensive Plan, Intensive Review, and Premium tutoring students receive access to all of the available Next Step full-length practice exams in addition to the AAMC exams.

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 tutoring programs 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.

In-person study opportunities

Next Step Test Prep offers online courses to students around the world. the company’s on-site courses are available in more than 50 cities, including all major metropolitan areas. If you happen to be to far away from your desired tutor, video conferencing is also available.

The Bad

Price tag

Next Step Test Prep has a lot to be proud of in their expanded services. But the new opportunities come with a price. Next Step Test Prep’s plan prices are some of the highest in our entire round up of the best MCAT prep courses. Students need only compare Next Step Test Prep’s mid range plan — the “Comprehensive Plan” — to Kaplan or The Princeton Review’s equivalent. They will find the included hours of instruction in those courses are nearly 3 to 4 times more than next Next Step’s, and cost between $500 to $1000 less. With the likely possibility that students already incurring sizable debt via student loans, savings of this caliber look even more enticing.

The Details

General Information

  • Average Class Size: 1
  • Delivery Methods: On-Site, Live Online
  • Hours of Instruction: 16 - 60
  • Number of Full Practice Tests: 10 Next Step exams and all of the released AAMC exams
  • Quiz Bank Questions: 1,000



Crash Course

  • Price: $1,999
  • Hours of Instruction: 16
  • Delivery Method: On-Site, Live Online

Comprehensive Plan

  • Price: $2,899
  • Hours of Instruction: 24
  • Delivery Method: On-Site, Live Online

Intensive Review

  • Price: $4,699
  • 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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