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The Red Pen team helped our son through the intense college essay process. The team made it easier for him to sift through dense material on the web about the different colleges. They worked with him through summer, as he is a boarding student at TASIS, brainstorming ideas and reviewing essay drafts. There were times that it all got frustrating for our son, but the team was very encouraging.

TRP helped him prepare for interviews with Middlebury and Washington University. It was an enormous and challenging process, but with TRP  behind him, he completed, and got a spot at Boston University as an Early Decision II applicant. We could not have been happier, as BU was one of his top choices.

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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?