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MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Sloan School of Management

The MBA team made an effort to understand my aspirations during the getting to know you conversation. Their team-based approach was great in terms of getting several viewpoints on essays, which helped speed up the process of editing. The one thing that stood out for me though was the counsel I received – that is where The Red Pen is unique among its peers. At all times, the intent is to make the client think and dig deeper within themselves to identify their leadership style, their aspirations, their fit with particular schools.

A great example, which highlights how they focus on what is best for the client, is my first conversation with the team. In the course of my profile development discussion, they suggested I should consider waiting for a year and apply in the next cycle, because I would be a much stronger candidate.

I didn’t really pay heed to that advice and applied. To my surprise, I was waitlisted at my dream school; the admissions committee felt my career progression was very positive but thought I could do with more exposure in my current industry. The second time round working with The Red Pen, I listened; I made it to one of my dream schools!

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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?