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I worked with The Red Pen on two MBA applications. I think their biggest strengths are responsiveness, their network and interview preparation. Their Wharton interview prep is the best that I have ever come across and I highly recommend it! It was exactly like the real interview. They have an in-depth understanding of what each school wants and are excellent at creating access to alumni, events, and interview experts. Their school selection process is the best I have seen. I have often reached out to Vrinda and Kavita for advice on all aspects of the application process and they have always been thorough, honest and to the point. I went to them last minute for one of my applications and Vrinda gave me quick feedback on my essays, looked over my material, and encouraged me to stay calm. I ended up getting an offer from that school. They would keep pushing me to bring out the best in me. It was a pleasure working with The Red Pen.

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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.

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  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
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