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London School of Economics

London School of Economics

My experience with The Red Pen was enriching and rewarding to the say the least. Not only did I receive offers from both of the universities I applied to, the whole process led to a whole lot of professional and personal development. The team was so effective and prompt with streamlining my thought processes, which at the time, were all over the place. The pressure and anxiety associated with securing a good master’s program was always settled by members of the team who constantly worked to keep timelines on track and my focus intact. I’m glad I stuck with the wonderful folks at The Red Pen and successfully completed my postgraduate degree from LSE.

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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?