About Blueprint MCAT
Blueprint, formerly called Next Step, is a test prep company which offers resources to help students prepare and see success with the MCAT. A few of their core values are innovation (always finding new ways to improve students’ learning experience), transparency (honest and open communication with students) and owning the result (make commitments and see them through to successful outcomes).
The team at Blueprint is comprised of three different departments, a Pre-Med Advisory Council, MCAT Advisors, and MCAT tutors. The Pre-Med Advisory Council works to provide mentorship for students as they begin and work their way through the pre-med journey. Blueprint’s MCAT Advisors are available to help students figure out which learning options are the best fit for them. Finally, the tutors, all of which have received extensive training to help students of all skill levels and learning styles, are there to coach students through the prep and get them ready for test day.
What Blueprint Offers
Blueprint’s MCAT Course delivers self-studying MCAT content through a series of 160 Learning Modules, which feature video lessons, quizzes, reasoning skills and passages that are designed to help students learn the content rather than simply memorize it.
With the online course option, students can take advantage of Blueprint’s 100% fully customizable study planner tool. Once you input your target MCAT date and your study preferences, the planner will create a schedule specifically for you. Additionally, if changes come up in your daily routine, you can easily add these into your plan and the tool will adjust your study schedule accordingly.
Students take a pre-module assessment before beginning each module, which helps to further personalize the course so that students know where to spend the most time and do not waste time on content that they already know. The videos are designed to be engaging, with animations and illustrations to help keep students interested and motivated. Students are able to watch videos in a mobile-friendly format as well, without ever having to download an app.
In addition to the video lessons, the online course provides substantial practice so students can test their knowledge, which includes over 10,000 practice questions, over 150 passages and more than 4,000 questions and passages in the Qbank. Purchasing the online course also gives students the advantage of being able to work with 6 content books, all official AAMC online resources, and 15 full-length MCAT exams.
Blueprint’s advanced analytics visually present students with the data on their performance so they can easily see which subject areas and question types they need the most help with.
Despite the fact that Blueprint’s course is not live, students who have questions or who need extra help can access Blueprint’s expert MCAT instructors for live “office hours” 5 days a week.
Blueprint’s MCAT tutoring is an ideal option for students who prefer to learn through face-to-face instruction rather than through self-learning video content. Similar to the online course, Blueprint’s tutoring is completely personalized to each student’s specific needs. If students come to the sessions with test prep material that they have already been using or are comfortable with, Blueprint’s tutors will work to incorporate that material into their study plan. Generally, students meet with their tutors once a week or biweekly, and will use this time to go over homework questions, start learning new topics, or review areas of weakness.
Blueprint offers three different tutoring plans (16-hour “Core”, 24-hour “Comprehensive”, and 40-hour “Intensive”) that students can choose from based on how many hours of tutoring they want or need. All three plans include the following:
- Personalized study plan created by your tutor
- Access to Blueprint’s MCAT online course
- Access to 1 diagnostic pre-test and 10 full-length exams
- All AAMC online resources
- Qbank with 4,000 questions
For students that are just looking to get some extra exam practice in before test day, Blueprint also offers a variety of practice exam bundles, all of which include 6 months of access, 5 attempts per test, the study planner resource as well as performance analytics on your results. Blueprint’s practice exams are created to resemble the AAMC exam as closely as possible to ensure that students are receiving practice that is similar to what they will see on test day. Blueprint offers practice exams in 4 exam, 6 exam and 10 exam bundles.
The last option that Blueprint provides is sole access to the MCAT QBank, which has 4000 questions covering all 4 areas of the MCAT and follows the AAMC format. With the Qbank, students can personalize their practice so that they work on the topics that they need the most help with. Each question comes with detailed answers and explanations so students can learn where they went wrong and how to not make the same mistake twice.
Blueprint offers three different options for online courses depending on how long you want access to the materials for. The 6 Month Plan is $300/month, or a total of $1799. The 12 Month Plan, which is the most popular, is $208/month, or a total of $2499. The longest plan that Blueprint offers is the 18 Month Plan, which is the best value at $167/month or $2999 total. All three plans come with a score increase guarantee. Click here to learn more about the details of Blueprint’s score guarantee and tutoring refund policy.
Blueprint’s 16-hour “Core” package starts at $3200, and must be completed over a minimum of 1 month. The 24-hour “Comprehensive” package starts at $3840, and must be completed over 2-3 months. Finally, the 40-hour “Intensive” package starts at $5600 and must be completed over 3-6 months. Monthly payment options are available for all three plans. In-person tutoring rates differ from the traditional online format, so contact Blueprint here with any questions.
The 4 exam bundle, priced at $99, includes access to 3 full-length exams, not counting the 1 free full-length exam that you get access to when you create your free account. The 6 exam bundle is priced at $149 and includes access to 5 full-length exams in addition to the 1 free. The 10 exam bundle can either be purchased with or without the full MCAT QBank (with the bank for $399, without the bank for $249) and gives students access to 9 full-length exams in addition to the free exam when you sign up.
Blueprint’s Qbank on its own is currently priced at $249. However, as mentioned earlier, students can save by combining the purchase of the Qbank with 10 practice exams for a price of $399.
In addition to the various paid MCAT packages, Blueprint also offers some helpful free resources that students can take advantage of. Once students create a free practice account, they will gain access to the following:
- 1 full-length practice exam and 1 half-length diagnostic
- Detailed explanations and descriptions for each question in the practice exam and diagnostic
- Access to 7 of Blueprint’s learning modules from their online course
- MCAT Question of the Day sent to your email
- Access to free events and webinars
In addition to these resources, students looking for additional information, insight and updates regarding the MCAT and MCAT prep can see Blueprint’s regularly updated MCAT Blog.
Get Started with Blueprint
To get started with Blueprint or create your free account, head to https://blueprintprep.com/. If you are not sure which study option may work best for you, you can schedule a free consultation with an MCAT Advisor directly on Blueprint’s website here.