"Dr. Steve changed my life and helped me pass this exam." - Dr. Melissa Bergquist

Dr. Melissa Bergquist

My journey to passing the EPPP was one I never would have imagined. Looking at my academic background, I can truthfully say I have never struggled passing a test or achieving grades that I was proud of. My outlook towards this exam was "I'll buy a study package, buckle down and learn it, and pass". I studied extensively with AATBS and PrepJet materials for 4-5 months before my first attempt at the EPPP in July 2021. I missed it by 20 points and was devastated. I assumed that I only needed a few more points, so I signed up again and in August 2021, I failed the exam for a second time. I didn't understand how I could study for so long, feel I understood the material, and still fail!

Driving back from my second failed attempt, my mom found Dr. Steve online. I felt I had nothing to lose, so we reached out to him and began my real journey to the EPPP. I knew the content, but was completely unable to apply it in a way that would allow me to pass the exam. After working with Dr. Steve for 9 months, I took the exam and passed. Dr. Steve was able to figure it out where my thinking was going wrong, and how to change my method. I hated studying for this exam (again), but Dr. Steve provided reassurance and hope along the way. He improved my knowledge in ways that by the end, I actually had a deep understanding of the material and could apply it, no matter how the question was asked. Dr. Steve is honest and transparent. If you don't know the material, he will tell you. If you are experiencing anxiety that impacts your ability to retain the information, he will call it out and work with you. The EPPP feels like an impossible test for anyone to pass, and for myself, without Dr. Steve, I would have been someone who would have taken it an absurd amount of times before giving up. Dr. Steve changed my life and helped me pass this exam. The number of students he has helped pass speak for themselves, but I can say that his knowledge, expertise and personality are unparalleled. Thank you, Dr. Steve!!

"He teaches content in a way that is relatable and (dare I say) fun!" - Amanda G.

Amanda G.

After failing the EPPP three times, I knew I needed to change my study approach. I had already thrown so much money down the drain with well-known test prep companies who got me to believe content didn’t matter…but I didn’t see how that could be true. I was doing what they suggested and taking practice exam after practice exam. My scores were going up, but that was all practice effect. I was angry, exhausted and defeated, until I found Dr. Steve. I did some google searching to see if there was a such thing as a EPPP tutor. When I reviewed Dr. Steve’s website, I really felt comfort in knowing he was not only a psychologist, but had lived through the very same challenges I was having. These test prep companies can’t offer that. After my consult, I knew Dr. Steve was going to help me finally pass this test. He teaches content in a way that is relatable and (dare I say) fun! He tells it like it is, so don’t expect smoke and mirrors. Dr. Steve will tell you what you know, what you need to know, and above all else, his approach is customized. He takes time to get to know his clients and helped me tremendously with addressing the underlying anxiety and self-doubt that was holding me back. I’ll be forever grateful for that. I am literally walking on sunshine after passing, and you WILL do the same with the help of Dr. Steve. - Amanda G.

"He teaches content in a way that is relatable and (dare I say) fun!" - Amanda G

Amanda G.

After failing the EPPP three times, I knew I needed to change my study approach. I had already thrown so much money down the drain with well-known test prep companies who got me to believe content didn’t matter…but I didn’t see how that could be true. I was doing what they suggested and taking practice exam after practice exam. My scores were going up, but that was all practice effect. I was angry, exhausted and defeated, until I found Dr. Steve. I did some google searching to see if there was a such thing as a EPPP tutor. When I reviewed Dr. Steve’s website, I really felt comfort in knowing he was not only a psychologist, but had lived through the very same challenges I was having. These test prep companies can’t offer that. After my consult, I knew Dr. Steve was going to help me finally pass this test. He teaches content in a way that is relatable and (dare I say) fun! He tells it like it is, so don’t expect smoke and mirrors. Dr. Steve will tell you what you know, what you need to know, and above all else, his approach is customized. He takes time to get to know his clients and helped me tremendously with addressing the underlying anxiety and self-doubt that was holding me back. I’ll be forever grateful for that. I am literally walking on sunshine after passing, and you WILL do the same with the help of Dr. Steve. - Amanda G.

"Hiring Dr. Stephen Haran was the best financial and professional decision I have ever made." - Mariángela Nava Urdaneta, Psy.D.

Mariángela Nava Urdaneta, Psy.D.

My name is Mariángela Nava Urdaneta, Psy.D. I am a native Spanish-speaker, bilingual and former International Student from Maracaibo, Venezuela. After meeting all the requirements for licensure as a psychologist in Florida, I started preparing for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) in January 2020 while working full-time at a community mental health center. I felt overwhelmed, tired and completely lost in the amount of information I needed to memorize. At first, my studying methods were similar to how I have studied since undergrad: by reading the information, writing and re-writing notes multiple times. This method became old and boring quickly as I was not advancing through the test domains at the pace I desired, and my practice tests scores indicated that I had a long way to go. In March 2020, the outbreak of COVID-19 caused my agency to fully transition to Telehealth services. The lines between work and home were blurred, and my motivation to study was gone.

I found out about Dr. Stephen Haran through an EPPP Facebook Group. A member posted a comment briefly describing their experience with Dr. Haran, as well as the tutoring services he offered. My first experience with Dr. Haran was at a group tutoring session, which he led with enthusiasm and energy. Throughout his weekly group tutoring sessions Dr. Haran was didactic, and efficient at delivering a substantial amount of information in an hour. Including his groups tutoring sessions in my preparation for the EPPP was an invaluable addition to my studies and allowed me to profoundly understand the material.

For individual tutoring, Dr. Haran began with a thorough assessment of my personal and academic history, as well as psychosocial factors and motivators to sit for the EPPP. This assessment allowed him to adopt a fully individualized approach, tailoring to my needs as a bilingual candidate. Dr. Haran was aware that it was my first attempt at sitting for the EPPP, as such he encouraged me to continue with any studying or memory strategies that had worked for me in the past, while fostering new learning skills in me. For instance, Dr. Haran stressed the importance of semantic encoding and making the information meaningful as a core memory strategy that I will continue to utilize beyond the EPPP in my professional and personal life. From the get-go, Dr. Haran cultivated an “I will pass” mentality in me. At the face of self-doubt, he taught me to believe in myself and be confident. I took this mentality to the EPPP and it drove me to succeed! Hiring Dr. Stephen Haran was the best financial and professional decision I have ever made. - Mariángela Nava Urdaneta, Psy.D.

"Not only did he give me concrete strategies, but he also gave me hope and helped me develop my mental strength" - Dr. Williams

Dr. Valencia Williams

"After four unsuccessful attempts, I was bewildered and exhausted. Thankfully I was linked with Dr. Steve. Not only did he give me concrete strategies, but he also gave me hope and helped me develop my mental strength. Dr. Steve helped to quiet the noise in my head so I could focus only on what was helpful for my success. After working with him for four months, I passed my licensing exam with a bright 605! Dr. Steve helped me realize my dream. I am a better person for my family and my community. Don't Quit!" - Dr. Valencia Williams

"I can confidently say that without his help, I wouldn't have passed this exam on my first attempt" - Adriánna Arcuri, PsyD

Adriánna Arcuri, PsyD

Being totally transparent, the EPPP was THE hardest exam of my academic career. Words cannot express the amount of gratitude and appreciation that I have for Dr. Steve and his EPPP prep approach. Dr. Steve is a straight shooter- he tells it exactly how he sees it and genuinely cares about the individuals that he assists with passing this monster of an exam. His direct, tough love, no b.s. approach is exactly what I needed to organize my study endeavors. Both his group and individual EPPP prep sessions were highly beneficial and frankly indispensable- certainly well-worth the money and time spent. I can confidently say that without his help, I wouldn't have passed this exam on my first attempt. If you're on the fence about whether or not to work with Dr. Steve, I encourage you to try out one of his group sessions! You won't be disappointed. - Adriánna Arcuri, PsyD

"I finally passed my exam and I could honestly say I couldn't have done it without Dr. Steve's study strategies, organization and guidance." - Yaneisy Guerra, Psy. D

Yaneisy Guerra, Psy. D

As I saw myself 4 attempts completely and not having accomplished a passing score, I felt disappointed in myself, like a failure, even having imposture syndrome. I had heard about Dr. Steve and his high rate of success when tutoring students for the EPPP. I automatically thought "how much money will I have to spend!" Throughout my time studying for the last 4 attempts I used the recommendations of other tutors and saw myself still spending a lot of money without reaching my goal, "pointless!" I then realized that I needed to contact Dr. Steve regardless of cost. I knew he would be able to guide me in the right direction to pass this monster. I first did my own investigation and contacted several of my peers who used Dr. Steve to get their point of view on his strategies and techniques.

My first phone call with Dr. Steve I was a wreck. I obviously did not want to hear the words "you just don't know the content." I was so sure that for the last year and a half I had all the knowledge possible when it came to the EPPP. However, one of the first things I learned through Dr. Steve was knowing the material and actually UNDERSTANDING the concepts. I was not able to explain the material to my nephews in order for them to understand it (what Dr. Steve wants us to do), which I then knew I needed his help. I began doing one individual session a week and Saturday groups. I was very unmotivated in the beginning and he gave me several pep talks (that i needed to hear) to get my head in the game. Dr. Steve always had a plan and knew what to review in depth. I would get so nervous to meet with him because I wanted to get all his questions correct and know it all. But, I didn't know it all and thats when he guided me through each section on Prepjet, thoroughly. His style of making the material come to life and personalizing it made it that much easier to understand the concepts. I have to say, I was actually motivated to study. He not only helped me with the material but I was able to be properly guided to get my accommodations for the exam. I finally passed my exam and I could honestly say I couldn't have done it without Dr. Steve's study strategies, organization and guidance. I now know more information than ever and I feel accomplished after passing the EPPP and ready to face the world as a licensed psychologist.

Thank you,

Yaneisy Guerra, Psy. D

"Having Dr. Steve along my EPPP journey has truly been one of the best decisions I have ever made." - Jaz

Jaz

WOW WHAT AN EXAM!! I sincerely mean it when I say, I couldn’t have passed this exam without Dr. Steve. I can finally now say that, this exam is behind me and am able to move forward. I began studying early 2020 and spent hours, days, and SO MANY sleepless nights as I devoted every ounce of my energy toward this exam. On my first attempt I was in such disbelief as to how could I have failed, and it took a big hit on my self-esteem and confidence. But at the same time I was more determined then ever that I can’t let this ONE exam hold me back. So, in I go for my second attempt, thinking this would be it. To my disappointment it was not and I knew I had to change something and figure out a new game plan. I eventually came across Dr. Steve and his tutoring services, needless to say it was the BEST DECISION I made. Before I began individual sessions with Dr. Steve, one of the first things he told me that he isn’t a magic pill in passing the exam. There is no shortcut! There is no magic! But what there is, is his approach in helping you LEARN the content in a meaningful way that regardless of how the question may be asked, you would be able to dissect it and connect the dots between different concepts and domains. Dr. Steve holds you accountable, gives homework and extends his knowledge by attending seminars to help grasp the content in the best possible way. He tailors his approach to each individual according to their strengths, weaknesses and needs. After our initial assessment, Dr. Steve had noticed that my anxiety is becoming a hinderance towards my success on the EPPP. Taking this into consideration, Dr. Steve approached the content that allowed a reduction in my anxiety.

After attending weekly sessions for 3 months with Dr. Steve I went in for the 3rd attempt and didn’t pass again, HOWEVER I was close. Dr. Steve didn’t let me go down the rabbit hole and helped me get back up and got right back in. After another 2 months and meeting on a weekly basis, I went in for the 4th attempt and I walked out of the testing center with the one piece of paper. Dr. Steve without a doubt was devoted in seeing me succeed and helped increase score by 101 points. Having Dr. Steve along my EPPP journey has truly been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I highly recommend Dr. Steve, he is a wonderful tutor and mentor. I will forever be grateful for everything he did!! - Jaz


"Dr. Steve is very open, direct, and will not sugarcoat things, which is absolutely needed for this exam. As much as he is supportive and encouraging he also holds his students accountable for their own work." - Dr. Priyanka Parikh

Priyanka Parikh

Dr. Steve is called the EPPP prep doctor for a reason, more like the EPPP whisperer. I stumbled upon Dr. Steve’s group classes through word of mouth, and he was on top of following up with a conversation to see whether working with him would be ideal for my situation. I was on a very tight deadline with my employer to pass the exam to keep my job and English is my 3rd language, so I felt extreme pressure while studying. If it was not for Dr. Steve’s individual and group EPPP coaching I would have not successfully passed the exam in the short amount of time.

Dr. Steve is incredibly dedicated to staying up to date on the EPPP prep material. He goes out of his way to research about the new content and related trends that show up in journals and conferences. Dr. Steve disseminates the EPPP study material in a thorough and relevant way to expand your understanding and knowledge of the content. He drives home the importance of LEARNING the material thoroughly and not only focus on the Big 6 or simply memorizing. The way he explains the material really simplifies the content, especially for those whose English is not the first language. The exam questions and material are so convoluted and Dr. Steve took time to teach me how to decipher and dissect the relevant information out of it.

Dr. Steve is very open, direct, and will not sugarcoat things, which is absolutely needed for this exam. As much as he is supportive and encouraging he also holds his students accountable for their own work. His approach is realistic and it helped me not only learn and retain the material to apply on the exam, but I actually enjoyed learning the new concepts. Not only did it help me pass the EPPP, but I took the new learning and also apply it in my clinical practice.

Many have shared about his teaching methods and I concur with them. He tailors the material to your needs, strengths, and weakness. He is very relatable as he had his own set of struggles and he gets you. He goes above and beyond to be there for you and is extremely accommodating. What separates Dr. Steve from the other coaches is that Dr. Steve helps you break down the barriers you have created for yourself that are in the way of you passing the exam. He helped me take down the walls I had created for this exam, and his directness helped me reflect the changes I needed to make to pass the exam. Without that and in general without Dr. Steve’s coaching services, I would not have passed the exam. Thank you for all you have done, Dr. Steve! - Dr. Priyanka Parikh

“Dr. Steve changed the game for me when it came to studying for the EPPP. And I came out with the big win in the end!” - Anonymous, Psy.D.

Anonymous, Psy.D.

After studying for the EPPP for 4 years and taking it 5 times, I was on the brink of accepting that it might take me another 4 years and 5 attempts to finally pass this exam. I used multiple different study prep companies, including PrepJet. I also worked with other colleagues to study in groups and I cannot even tell you the hundreds of hours I spent studying on my own – I lost count after the first year of studying. And I always had what I thought to be a rational reasoning for why I failed the EPPP, yet again – my test anxiety, not knowing the best test taking strategies, etc. Within minutes of me reaching out to Dr. Steve to learn more about his services, he called me and told it to me straight – I didn’t know the test material well enough. I was honestly slightly doubtful at first - I had been studying for over 3 years at that point after all. But Dr. Steve sure gave me a bang for my buck – not only within the first few minutes of speaking to him on the phone for the first time, but also during every single study group I had attended over those next 8 months until I took it for the 6th time and FINALLY PASSED! I don’t know what I would have done without Dr. Steve and all of his helpful tips and tricks to learning and really actually understanding the EPPP domains in a way that I most definitely couldn’t have done on my own. Dr. Steve is an incredible tutor and mentor, as well as a patient and compassionate teacher. Anyone who has the opportunity to work with Dr. Steve will soon after realize that he has the key to expand your knowledge about the material and how to approach this particular type of exam. I am forever grateful to Dr. Steve because now I can finally close this very long chapter of my life! - Anonymous, Psy.D.

"He helped me deal with my test anxiety and provided very helpful tips on what I should do BEFORE and ON exam day" - Mary Tagle

Mary Tagle

Hi everyone! Ok, I'm just going to say it - it's FINALLY my turn to say - I PASSED!!! After years and multiple tries, I finally did it! and I'm still in disbelief because it hasn't fully sunk in yet. But I'm so happy.
It's been a very long journey for me struggling to pass. While studying all these years, I've struggled with health issues, while balancing studying and work with a newborn (who's now 4 years-old). It's definitely been a challenge.

With this test, I studied so hard. I gave all my blood, sweat, and tears, but failed multiple times. I've studied with a few study groups and joined Prepjet premium. I also got additional tutoring from Stephen Haran. Stephen helped me focus on a lot of challenging concepts and terms, while providing concrete examples and strategies that further deepened my understanding of the material. He helped me deal with my test anxiety and provided very helpful tips on what I should do BEFORE and ON exam day. He helped me slowly gain my confidence back and increased my motivation to complete the exam. When I saw that one piece of paper, I was shocked with disbelief, but cried tears of happiness and relief. Stephen finally got me to pass. I am forever grateful for all his help! - Mary Tagle

" I can say without a doubt that I have no idea how or when I would have passed (let alone on the first try) without Dr. Haran’s help and guidance - Staci Mintz

Staci Mintz

I can’t begin to express how much Dr. Haran helped me in preparing for and passing the EPPP on the first try. Like many I was quite overwhelmed when I realized how much time, effort, and resilience it would take in studying for and passing this exam. I studied (if you can call it that) on my own for several months and realized I was going in circles. I tried to get tips from others on the various social media platforms related to the EPPP and even joined a study group. After many months I was still left feeling perplexed and unprepared for not only the body of knowledge I needed to study and learn, but even a strategy that would set me up to succeed.

By accident I found Dr. Haran’s name and info on one of the message boards and I’m so lucky I did. Even at the first assessment I was relieved because Dr. Haran is no nonsense and he is direct in a way that you know he cares and is relatable. Knowing that Dr. Haran had his own struggles, conquered them and turned them into a something meaningful that he now uses to help others is quite inspiring and exactly what someone like myself needed. Dr. Haran understood that I was going in circles and needed to make some changes in my life in order to study correctly in order to pass this exam. It was so helpful to have someone who could not only help me learn the material in a way that I could actually retain and understand (not just memorize). He also helped me create method of study and a realistic execution plan. He held me accountable. He let me know when I was off task and losing my way, and he was just as quick to let me know when I was on the right track and making progress.

I can say without a doubt that I have no idea how or when I would have passed (let alone on the first try) without Dr. Haran’s help and guidance. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to pass this exam. It wasn’t easy, but because of the support, guidance and teaching skills that provided me, the EPPP became an enjoyable experience. I can honestly say that when I finally took the exam I knew that I was prepared and I had a good feeling about how I was doing during it because of Dr. Haran. - Staci Mintz