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I selected The Red Pen as my cousin had worked with them in the past and enjoyed the experience. My consultant helped me through this process, especially with all the problems that I faced in this tiring yet fun process. One aspect that The Red Pen really assisted me was with the college essays. Honestly, I felt that this was the most difficult part of the application process, however, their presence made it easier for me and their constant support was incredible. The Red Pen also helped me to get a clear view of my career preference along with colleges that best fit my needs. This was followed by one-on-one attention from my consultant and the entire team which helped me a lot. I appreciate all the help from The Red Pen team and this process would not have been possible without them!

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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?