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Hong Kong Univeristy

I can unequivocally say that The Red Pen has been extremely committed, focused, and professional towards all of our needs. One of the most distinct qualities of my daughter’s counsellor was that she was a tireless, responsible professional of the highest integrity. Her primary focus was meeting our requirements rather than upholding a strict list of terms and conditions. Her experience of studying in the UK and valuable inputs in identifying universities and courses were incredibly useful. My daughter finished all of her applications by November, after which she could focus on her board exams. The entire application process was well paced out. Finally, she received admits from all the UK universities that she had applied to, along with Hong Kong University. The Red Pen has clearly exceeded our expectations.

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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?