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Going to The Red Pen was surely one of best decisions I have ever made during my academic years. The level of care and attention that I received throughout my application process was surely the reason why I got into my dream university. I am extremely grateful for my counsellor and my content specialist as this wouldn’t have been possible without them. They are my friends who motivated me throughout my high school journey and I would like to thank them for everything they have done, for all the late night and early morning meetings and for being such amazing people. Furthermore, I am really happy with the team of The Red Pen who went through my application and gave me insights on how I could improve it. At last, thank you The Red Pen for making my dream come true and for being so friendly and professional at the same time!

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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?