ACT and SAT becoming less relevant?

A small but growing list of colleges is de-emphasizing standardized tests in their admissions processes. What does this mean for new applicants? This article delves into how the ACT and the SAT might not become as relevant in the process moving forward.

saving money

A Simple Way to Bring Down College-Application Costs

Though we do not necessarily think about the cost of sending test scores to the colleges, this is indeed a huge burden on students we work with who need financial aid. This article talks about a simple way to help with this burden.
It's good news that colleges are starting to allow students to self report scores - you can save a lot of money!


Informational Session for Columbia, Yale and Penn

Columbia and Penn will be hosting programs in Bangalore (3 Oct), and Chennai (5 Oct). Yale University will also join us for events in New Delhi (9 Oct), and Mumbai (12 Oct and 13 Oct): Bangalore: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore (3 Oct)  - Columbia & Penn Chennai: American International School Chennai (5 Oct) – Columbia & Penn New Delhi: India Habitat Centre (9 Oct) – Columbia, Penn, & Yale Mumbai: Oberoi International School (12 Oct) – Columbia, Penn, & Yale Mumbai: BD Somani International School (13 Oct) – Columbia, Penn, & Yale Sessions are open to students throughout India and will include a brief overview of each university and information about the admission process. Registration is required, please click on the links above for more.


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2016-17 Undergraduate & MBA applicant successes!

@PennSateU a student will be a part of their three fold mission of teaching, researching and serving the public #partofaglobalcommunity #UG
@UIUC a student is keen to explore physics, creating a pathway for a realm of career options #studyingphysicsisalwaysasafebet #UG
@BU a student is accepted, via the ED2 round, making him feel like he made the right choice #differentiatedhimselfsuccessfully #UG
@PurdueU a student is grateful to be a part of the flagship institute of the Purdue University System #oldisgold #UG
@ColumbiaLaw this student with his diverse experiences is all set to make a difference in New York #LLM #PG
@Wharton this US-based applicant is looking forward to visiting the school’s campus for her group discussion #teambaseddiscussion #preptime #MBA
@HBS this social entrepreneur is thrilled to get off the waitlist and enthused to learn business ‘the HBS way’ #waitliststrategy #admit #MBA
@ArizonaStateU looks forward to make its’ campuses more accessible to India’s new -comer this year. #exploringarizona #UG
@Wharton this applicant is excited to share both his consulting experience and standup comedy acts to the school, if accepted #WhartonTBD #MBA
@CaliforniaStateFullerton hopes to widen the scope of film production among the British population, by imparting knowledge to a talented London freshman #thewiderthefieldthebettertheyield #UG
@Wharton from healthcare to private equity, this applicant looks to bring his diverse skillset to Wharton’s classroom #timetohustle #TBD #MBA
@ColumbiacollegeChicago’s diverse liberal art’s team is keen to share their production expertise with a keen learner from the UK #filmsreadytoproduce #UG
@HBS always dealing positively with transitions whether industries and cities, this applicant is now ready for the move to Boston to join her partner #changeisconstant #accepted #MBA
@Purdue welcomes a student from India, to explore their realm of academia, along with the interiors of Lafayette #anindianinindiana #UG
@HBS a media maven looks to share his experience in the Indian media and entertainment sector with the admissions team #interviewtime #MBA
@Cambridge a passionate physicist looks to discuss quantum mechanics, and relativity through the weekly supervisions #adifferentwayoflearning #ongoingtradition #UG
@BirminghamU an aspiring pharmacist looks to be part of your diverse student community #undergraduateexperience #coolchemist #UG
@Warwick a perfect university that’s close to the city, but also offers campus life – four students coming your way! #abitofboth #UG
@McGill this applicant is ready to take the first step to make the transition from a small Indian town to Montreal, Quebec #invitedtointerview #Canada #MBA
@DurhamU students are engulfed by the holistic approach that the university adopts #learninginalldirections #UG
@PennStateU a computer scientist experiences a diversified learning environment in the largest campus in Pennsylvania #thebiggerthebetter #UG
@KingsCollege two students ready to explore London through your various campuses #londondiaries #UG
@UniversityofEdinburgh two unconditional offers #scotlandherewecome #UG
@OxfordSaïd from the hustle bustle of Mumbai to the beautiful, scenic campus of Saïd, this applicant is looking forward to his interview #classic #interviewprep #MBA
@QueenMarysU a student hopes to build cross-cultural relations in a global atmosphere #globaloutreach #UG
@SurreyU a student looks to explore and live on a beautiful campus #asurrealexperience #itsabeautifulworld #UG
@ChicagoBooth a Delhi native is ready to share Indian insights to his windy city interviewer #allsettointerview #MBA
@ImperialCollege a biologist looks to meet other like-minded peers #passionforscience #UG
@NottinghamU a zealous mathematician and an inspired economist hope to maximize their potential #makingthemostofmath #UG
@ExeterU, a student aspires to learn and establish international relations in a global community. #internationalmindset #UG
@GeorigaTechU three students, admitted early, explore options in the heart of Atlanta. #tripletroublecomes #UG
@StAndrewsU a student from India looks forward to a snowy winter in Scotland #changeistheonlyconstant #UG
@BostonCollege an applicant with years of experience in the Indian IT space now looks to learn global best practices #carrollschoolofmanagement #interviewinvite #MBA
@UniversityofBritishColumbia welcomes three students from India to freeze in Canada #thecolderthebeter #UG
@FloridaInstituteofTechnology welcomes a mathematician from India to expand their STEM curiculuum #aperfectfit #UG
@FranklinOlincollegeofengineering is grateful to have two students from India enhance their campus creatively #collaboratewitholin #UG
@HarvardBusinessSchool someone who has always followed their dream now looks to crack the #interview#MBA
@Yale one future eli physicist coming up. #UG
@FIT Checkmate! One Mechanical Engineer on their way to you. #UG
@USCMarshall a supply chain expert is excited to know what Los Angeles has to offer #gettingreadyfortheinterview#MBA
@Colorado school of mines, rev up the engines as one petroleum engineer has been admitted at your school. #UG
@WPI one robotics major will be tinkering away at your college sometime soon #UG
@Kellogg two applicants working hard to prepare for the upcoming interviews #excited #nervous #mixedfeelings #MBA
@FIT we’ve sent you a mechanical engineer that we believe is the perfect fit #UG
@SUNY Plattsburgh one applied maths major is ready to apply his skills to New York #UG
@JohnHopkins a tech enthusiast is excited to learn how this program will help achieve his IoT goals #interviewinvite #MBA
@PennState sending you the materials for a great material engineer #UG
@UCBoulder TRP’s first admit to the school #proudmoment #newbeginnings #UG
@HarvardBusinessSchool looking forward to the move from Colombo to Boston #trulyglobal #MBA
@StanfordGSB from the Indian army to business school – what an inspiring journey #MBA
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The Red Pen team gave tremendous time and effort to my applications something I feel really distinguishes them from others. Stanford would not have been possible without their guidance! I started this journey with no idea about the things I needed to do for applying abroad. With The Red Pen’s help I was able to prepare a comprehensive timeline of activities and select colleges that would be a great fit for me, in the US and Singapore. Collaborating remotely with the team was never an issue.

When it came to writing the college essays, the team helped me brainstorm ideas and reviewed my drafts to ensure that I was communicating my experiences effectively. I found their team-based approach very useful, because I had the benefit of feedback from multiple consultants. I participated in mock interviews in preparation for meeting alumni from different universities. By the end, I was able to speak more confidently and articulate my thoughts in a more structured and purposeful manner.

Stanford University, Class of 2021


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