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!

@Vanderbilt 2 admitted with $70,000 scholarship each #doubletrouble #UG
@Oxford rocked the interview for biochemistry and engineering #UG
@ColumbiaBusinessSchool not just a ‘finance school’ – a media and entertainment professional heads to CBS #MBA
@ChicagoBooth ‘choosing your own adventure’ made the school a top choice #MBA
@Cambridge it’s raining interviews – engineering, economics, philosophy and physics #UG
@Purdue congrats to our first undergraduate admit of the season #UG
@UChicago admitted with $70,000 scholarship – wow! #UG
@ColumbiaBusinessSchool Early Decision – Early Acceptance – Early Christmas #NYC #MBA
@Wharton a passionate social worker with a background in consulting comes your way #MBA
@IndianaU eldest of three siblings heads to the US #settingthebarhigh #UG
@Wharton an admit made sweeter with a scholarship #cherryontop #MBA
@Tuck a new member is excited to become part of the close-knit community #Tuckie #MBA
@Babson small town girl rocks it #UG
@Kellogg $70,000 scholarship – well done! #MBA
@Haas look out Bay Area, here comes a fintech aficionado #MBA
@Reed admitted with full scholarship – Ready for Reed! #UG
@StanfordGSB sharing a personal story can be a game changer #childhoodexperiences #MBA
@SantaClara liberal arts combined with computer science #unbeatable #UG
@Kellogg an applicant with an Indian private equity background now looks to bring his skills to Chicago #MBA
@Yale a passionate biologist comes your way #UG
@Wharton a woman who has always stood up to challenges now looks forward to her next challenge #gogetter #MBA
@ColumbiaBusinessSchool sometimes waiting it out and reapplying can get you into your dream school #nevergiveup #reapplicant #MBA
@Wharton a public sector enthusiast joins the action-oriented community #MBA
@UIUC first engineering admit of the season #UG
@HarvardBusinessSchool a thespian takes the stage in Boston #MBA
@Wharton ‘Knowledge For Action’ – a Family business guy lives by this motto #MBA
@HarvardBusinessSchool a strong academic record, great brands and clear goals #neverfailformula #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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