Next Step is now Blueprint MCAT
- Mar 25, 2020
- MCAT Blog
- Reviewed By: Liz Flagge
Next Step Test Prep is now Blueprint MCAT! Next Step merged with Blueprint over two years ago to unite both companies’ unrivaled expertise in test prep and commitments to providing students with the best in MCAT and LSAT prep,
For the past 18 months, Next Step and Blueprint have been working together to bring you the next evolution in MCAT Prep! Even though Next Step will now be known as Blueprint MCAT, we will continue providing the same representative MCAT content Next Step has been known for, but now made even better with Blueprint’s revolutionary technology, video animation, and data analytics.
Who is Blueprint MCAT?
Blueprint MCAT helps students achieve life-changing MCAT scores through realistic practice, the ability to truly personalize your curriculum, customizable study planner tools, advanced test performance analytics, and the most engaging content taught by 99th+ percentile instructors. The result? Maximizing your score without any wasted time or effort.
Introducing the Blueprint MCAT Self-Paced Course
The Best MCAT Course Just. Got. Better.
Blueprint MCAT’s revolutionary new online MCAT course has features never before seen in MCAT prep, plus the updates that you’ve been asking for. We built on Next Step’s representative exams and content expertise and enhanced it with Blueprint’s powerful analytics, video production, and technology for personalization to give you the most effective—and fun—MCAT Course available. It’s the smarter way to prep.
Check out what’s new!
NEW! Test Out of Content Sections
Our course won’t slow you down with content you’ve already mastered. Every one of our 160 integrated learning modules offers you the opportunity to test out if it. If you pass the intro assessment, you can choose to skip that learning module so your time isn’t spent on stuff you already know. Learn only what you have to, ensuring that you have the time to focus on areas where you need to make the most progress. However, if you need a refresher, you can always decide to go through the module anyway.
NEW! Highly Engaging Videos With Illustration And Animation
Say goodbye to boring PowerPoint slides and lectures. Our animated content videos help you visualize complex chemical processes and biological systems and help you stay engaged. It’s the best way to learn science for the MCAT. Trust us—you’ll actually look forward to studying.
NEW! Advanced Analytics To Help You Better Understand Your Progress
As you progress through your prep, you will accumulate multiple full-length scores and data. However, your success is determined by so much more than that, and that’s where Blueprint’s detailed test performance analytics come into play. In addition to showing which questions you got right and wrong, we also bring to light the underlying patterns in what you get wrong by subject, AAMC reasoning skill, and question type so that you can diagnose your weaknesses faster. Catch your unhelpful behaviors (like switching from right-to-wrong answers) and study smarter, not harder.
NEW! Mobile-Friendly Format
You know the saying, “There’s an app for that?” Well, now you don’t need an MCAT prep phone app. Our course is 100% mobile-friendly, so you can access your materials anywhere, from any device. It looks and feels like an app, but without having to download the added GB.
However, while new features are exciting, we couldn’t get rid of what made Next Step the most sought after name in MCAT prep. We just made the best even better with some minor updates.
The Most Representative Practice Exams
It’s no secret Next Step full-lengths are the most representative practice exams after the AAMC official full-lengths. If you take them in a quiet room with no distractions, you’ll feel like you’re taking an actual MCAT. We’re committed to updating our tests as often as the AAMC updates the MCATs and we will continue to provide you with the most realistic and up-to-date testing experience at home.
UPDATED: The Most Comprehensive MCAT Content
We teach you content for the MCAT as it’s tested now, not five years ago. We’ve organized it all into 160 learning modules that integrate content, strategy & quizzes written by our team of MCAT experts.
UPDATED: Study Planner Now Easier to Customize
Our new MCAT course still has the ONLY fully-customizable study planner tool that adapts to your schedule. Tell us your MCAT date, when you want to study, and we’ll figure out the rest. We’ll optimize your study schedule around the days and times you have available, and even around the days you want to take off. Now it’s even easier to adjust your plan in real-time as life happens. Need to take an extra day off? No problem, just input that and your study plan gets adjusted for you.
UPDATED: Six New MCAT Course Books
We revised and updated our books so that you’ll have five content books and one strategy book made for the current MCAT. Plus, our end-of-chapter quizzes are now online for a more realistic experience.
UPDATED! A Bigger, More Advanced QBank
Sort through over 4000 questions (more than any other MCAT Qbank out there!) with advanced filtering tools to build your own practice sets and customize your prep!
Next Step was founded in 2010 with the sole purpose of creating the most authentic and representative MCAT prep materials available. Our Education-First Philosophy propelled Next Step to become a leader in MCAT prep, helping equip the doctors of tomorrow with the skills—and scores—needed to succeed in medical school.
Blueprint LSAT, founded in 2005 by Matt Riley and Trent Teti, was born out of a simple premise: Students learn better when they’re having fun. Over the past 15 years, Blueprint never wavered from that guiding principle, which coupled with a proven curriculum and advanced test-taking analytics, allowed them to create effective LSAT prep courses that produce life-changing score increases without putting students to sleep. As one of the largest LSAT prep companies in the country, Blueprint is poised to change the test prep world by bringing its culture of engaging and effective learning via the latest in technology, analytics and video production to a different student population.
The shared goal of helping their students succeed made the choice a no-brainer, but the merger between Blueprint and Next Step did not happen overnight. In 2018, the companies came together for the first time. Within these last two years, small Blueprint footprints began appearing on Next Step and produced numerous improvements in Next Step students’ experience: a more interactive and user-friendly interface, an easier-to-navigate website, updated MCAT books with online end-of-chapter quizzes for better interactivity, and a larger staff of Student Advisors to help students navigate their options and the tricky world of medical school admissions.
The possibilities are endless in this partnership. In the future, Next Step students can look forward to benefiting from Blueprint’s mastery of technology, animation, video production, test analytics, and UX design. Even more new and improved products are on the horizon, all created with a promise to entertain and teach but grounded in an education-first philosophy.
If you’re a current student, this means you’ll see small upgrades in your accounts rolled out over time. However, the representativeness of your MCAT content and practice materials will never change. If you would like to switch over to the new Blueprint MCAT Course, reach out to your MCAT Advisor.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Student Advisors at 1-888-4-BP-PREP (888-427-7737).
Welcome to the new era of MCAT prep!
*In order to qualify for the full refund, you must provide proof of your actual AAMC score with a score of 521 or higher and provide all testimonial assets requested (including but not limited to interview, photo and video) and sign a testimonial release allowing Blueprint to use these assets for marketing purposes.
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