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 10 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.