Below are some Frequently Asked Questions that might better help you use our services.
What is The Red Pen?
What makes The Red Pen different from other advisory services?
Customised counsel: Our recommendations are customised for each client because we recognise that every applicant is different and we are committed to helping each one express his or her individuality throughout the process.
High qualified, diverse team: We have an international team of highly educated consultants from different professional backgrounds. Our knowledge and skills result in rich, holistic perspectives. Years of experience and our professional affiliations have helped us develop a deep understanding of the admissions process and gather school specific insights.
Data driven, virtual approach: We embrace technology in every aspect of our interactions to work seamlessly with applicants around the world and leverage data to derive insights and make recommendations.
Does The Red Pen work with clients from across India?
How will The Red Pen work with me?
We take a holistic approach to working with applicants. Clients are assigned a single point of contact, who is responsible for overseeing all aspects of his or her applications. At the same time clients have the benefit of collaborative input from other team members. Our team-based approach is especially useful when it comes to selecting colleges, programs and essay topics.
When should I contact The Red Pen?
Throughout the year, we help parents whose children are in pre-school and infant school understand school board options and curricula. We work with parents of children who are in junior school (class 3-4) to explore boarding/day school options and requirements. For undergraduate studies, we advise parents and students as early as class 8 on pre-application strategy and profile development. We consult with college students and recent graduates, and strategise business school options.
For current year applicants we recommend –
- Undergraduate applicants in class 11 it is best to contact us at least six months prior to regular deadline – this means June 1; earlier if you are considering early action/early decision.
- Business school applicants (with a minimum of 3 years of work experience), should contact us by April 1
What school/university rankings does The Red Pen recommend?
But, the reality is there are no official, universal rankings. There are many organisations and media sources that publish their own rankings based on a certain set of criteria. It’s really about tapping into your likes, dislikes and goals.
Will The Red Pen help me choose the country/destination I should study in?
Does The Red Pen help applicants prepare for standardized tests such as the SAT/GMAT/TOEFL?
Does The Red Pen write essays?
Will The Red Pen help write my recommendation letters?
Will The Red Pen assist me with scholarship and financial aid applications?
Financial aid for international students varies markedly based on country, institution, level of study and program. The majority of awards are merit-based and students are automatically considered; some require a separate application.