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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

It was a huge privilege to work with The Red Pen! What sets them apart from other counselors is the genuine effort they put in getting to know you. By establishing a mutual understanding, The Red Pen team helped me identify the qualities that should be highlighted in my applications. This is especially important for top universities where test scores alone can’t possibly determine admissions. In addition, the team’s top-notch dedication motivated me to work even harder and within deadlines. Staying focused and organized are essential elements needed to ace US admissions and working with The Red Pen automatically pushes you to be the best that you can be!!

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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?