About Altius MCAT
Altius Prep was founded in 2005 with the mission to set a new standard of excellence within the test prep industry by providing the best resources and mentoring possible in order to help premedical students succeed on the MCAT and beyond. The Altius MCAT prep program emphasizes both the importance of close mentor relationships as well as the use of engaging and strategic teaching methods. Their on-site MCAT programs are currently available in 7 different states, and the MCAT Everywhere (Face-to-Face) program is available online in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. The word Altius translates into “higher” in Latin, making the company’s motto fittingly standing as “Higher Scores for All”.
Altius Test Prep offers a wide range of services for premed students to take advantage of, such as summer prep courses, programs, exam bundles, admissions guidance, and a blog.
Premium Mentoring Programs
There are currently four different mentoring programs that Altius offers; each program comes with a 2-week trial period, 32 Problem-Based Group Sessions and all available AAMC practice exams.
The Platinum program is the most comprehensive and expensive mentoring program package that Altius offers, and according to their website, it is the best choice for students attempting to get extremely high scores or students looking to make significant score improvements. It comes with 45 private 1:1 tutoring sessions, 10 Altius MCAT practice tests, 200 hours of small-group instruction, and 16 Platinum-only review sessions with Altius’ best tutors. Additionally, the Platinum program features weekly Mastery Sessions and a weekly proctored “Study Hall”: the mastery sessions offer 40 hours of small-group tutoring specifically for science topics, while the Study Hall offers 40 hours of homework help, exam review, or small-group tutoring.
Similar to the Platinum program, the Gold program offers 10 Altius MCAT practice tests, 16 Study Hall sessions and 16 Mastery Sessions. This program features 25 private 1:1 tutoring sessions and a total of 16 hours of small-group instruction. This package, with its emphasis on personal mentoring, targets students who are also looking for an extremely competitive score but may not want to pay the high price of the Platinum Package.
Altius’ Silver Program features the same 16 hours of Study Hall sessions and 10 Altius practice tests as the Platinum and Gold programs, except it comes with a total of 120 hours of small-group instruction and only 15 private tutoring sessions. Altius aims this package at students who are looking for a course which will provide personal mentorship and interactive classroom learning for the same price as a “status quo lecture course”.
The Bronze program is the least comprehensive package that Altius offers for courses and mentorship, featuring 105 hours of small-group instruction, only 10 Study Hall sessions and only 4 Altius MCAT practice exams instead of the standard 10. Additionally, this program does not come with any private 1:1 tutoring sessions, making it a cost-effective yet strong option for disciplined students who need less direct support.
Summer Full-Immersion Program
Altius Prep boasts two high-value options for its Summer Full-Immersion Program, both of which are designed to provide the highest level of private instruction and guidance for students along with an extremely tailored learning experience. Both programs take place over 10 weeks and offer the option to enroll On-Site (physical location) or Face-to-Face (live HD videochat), and include a 2-week trial period, all available AAMC practice tests, 10 Altius MCAT practice tests, and 30 Problem-Based Group Sessions.
Platinum Summer vs Gold Summer
The Platinum Summer program is the most expensive (yet arguably the greatest overall value package) that Altius offers, whereas the Gold program is targeted to students looking for extensive personal instruction and mentoring at a slightly lower price. Below are the details of what each program offers:
|Platinum Summer||Gold Summer|
|45 private 1:1 tutoring sessions||25 private 1:1 tutoring sessions|
|175 hours of small group tutoring||125 hours of small group tutoring|
|20 study hall sessions (2 hours per session)||10 study hall sessions (2 hours per session)|
|20 mastery sessions (2 hours per session)||10 mastery sessions (2 hours per session)|
|Free Silver Admissions Package||–|
Altius Prep offers Admissions Mentoring either with consultants who have either current or former first-hand experience with the medical school Admissions Committee or with medical students and doctors who have gone through top-tier programs. Altius aims to change the sphere of admissions counseling by providing personal mentoring services as opposed to general best practices that do not account for the uniqueness of each applicant. Altius currently offers four options for counseling programs, ranging in price and offerings.
|Personal Statement Review||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|15-Activities Section Review||yes||yes||yes||–|
|Full AMCAS Review||yes||yes||–||–|
|List of Target Schools||yes||yes||–||–|
|1:1 Admissions Mentor||yes||yes||–||–|
|24/7 Admissions Feedback||yes||yes||–||–|
|AMCAS Advantage Package||yes||yes||–||–|
|Mock Interview Package||yes||–||–||–|
Altius offers a range of expertly created full-length MCAT-2015 practice exams to provide students with exams that are the most representative of the actual exam as possible, giving them an even greater chance of success. To create its exams, Altius uses PhD Content Experts only, uses a double-blind peer review process, and takes advantage of equated score scales to make sure that no one exam is significantly more difficult than the next. Altius’ designs its tests to be as realistic as possible, therefore the exams all replicate the MCAT-2015 exam software in terms of formatting, font size, word count and figure type. Once you have taken a test and you are ready to review, you will have the option to break down your performance by topic, subtopic, or question type. You can also have your test results portrayed graphically so you can more easily visualize your progress over time. All 10 of the practice tests that Altius offers are valid for one year from the date of purchase, and there is no limit on the number of times you can attempt each one.
The final (and free!) resource that Altius Prep offers is its online blog, which posts updates on all things MCAT-related, from AAMC announcements to scholarship information to updates about the services that they offer.
Plans and Pricing
Premium Mentoring Programs
The current pricing for the premium mentoring programs that Altius offers can be compared below:
|Platinum||$6,999 (discounted to $5,499 with an MIT Scholarship and $4,999 with a Mentor-in-Training Scholarship)|
|Gold||$4,999 (discounted to $3,999 with an MIT Scholarship and $3,699 with a Mentor-in-Training Scholarship)|
Summer Full-Immersion Program
The Platinum Summer Program is currently priced at $9,999, but is offered at a discounted price of $4,999 for students who are successful recipients of Altius’ HT Scholarship. The HT Scholarship is designed to help make Altius’ tuition more affordable for pre-med students, and is open to apply for here. The Gold Summer Program is currently priced at $8,499, and is offered at a price of $4,250 for students who qualify for the HT Scholarship.
The current pricing for Altius’ Admissions Programs are as follows:
Altius currently offers a total of 10 Full-Length MCAT-2015 practice tests that students can purchase. Students can buy 1 test for $40, 5 tests for $175, or 10 tests for $300.
Get Started With Altius MCAT
If you have questions about Altius Test Prep, you can call them at 435-671-5783, or visit the Contact page here. To enroll in one of Altius’ MCAT programs, see their website at https://altiustestprep.com/programs/.