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I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to The Red Pen team for enlightening me during my MBA application process. Confirming a consultant was a big decision for me, since a lot of time, effort and money were at stake. After speaking to multiple consultants, my goal and ambition were rightly captured by The Red Pen. Due to their experience, I was encouraged to aim for the best schools and not settle. My lead consultant diligently streamlined various steps of the MBA application process. Their detailed GTKY session, where they uncovered every minute detail of my personal and professional career so far, was a unique experience for me. All these details were later aptly used in my MBA applications. The Red Pen also took me through several mock interviews before going for the final interview. I have learned a lifelong lesson on how to best present myself, not just as an MBA applicant, but for the entirety of my career.

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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?