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I heard about The Red Pen from family and friends. Working with them over the course of a year has been a remarkable journey, a journey from which, I was able to learn a lot. TRP has a personal touch, their complete attention on each student. They are very approachable and are always available to clear any questions that may arise. I believe their personalized service and attentiveness are their strengths. I recall spending several hours in their office, in the week before the December regular deadline, reviewing my applications and essays until I was completely satisfied. The team gave me detailed feedback when it came to choosing colleges and my essays, and helped me put forward the best possible application!

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The fundamental role of independent educational consultants is to help students explore college opportunities and find the right place for them to succeed academically and socially. IECs don’t get students admitted—they help students demonstrate why they deserve to be admitted at appropriately chosen schools. They help students find colleges they might not have heard of—often out of their region—and they help students put their best foot forward.

Here are 5 things families should consider when looking to hire an IEC:

  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
  2. Do not trust any offers of guaranteed admission to a school or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships.
  3. Ensure that the IEC adheres to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA.
  4. Find an IEC that visits college, school, and program campuses and meets with admissions representatives regularly in order to keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures.
  5. Do they attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?