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It was wonderful working with The Red Pen. After the first two interactions and meetings, I was very happy at how they provided details pertaining to the relevant schools. The team did a great job of explaining the pros and cons and what schools would suit my son. The Red Pen helped on all fronts – with the application form, registration, personal statement, tests and interviews. The mentoring extended towards the personal statement and the interviews was particularly helpful as it gave a better insight on how and what to write in totality rather than giving a superficial explanation. The Red Pen team was very calm, patient and positive in their approach and extremely helpful in motivating my son. Namita was prompt, approachable and ready to provide her guidance whenever required. It was an excellent experience and I would definitely recommend The Red Pen for counselling services.

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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?