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NYU Stern School of Business

NYU Stern School of Business

After completing my GMAT, I knew that I needed some guidance on my US business school applications. I had spoken to a few MBA consultants but wasn’t very happy with what they were offering. When I met Kavita and Kim, I knew that my search was over!

Not only did they guide me on the schools I should target, given my background, but also were very frank and realistic about my options. This gave me a lot of comfort and I was able to short list my target schools and make a proper plan for managing the application process.

The team was very responsive to my numerous questions, and I found their dedication to work amazing. I had a hectic travel schedule, but this did not create a hindrance as we communicated frequently. The consultants’ feedback on my essays was invaluable – it strengthened my application. In preparation for interviews with business school representatives, I participated in a mock interview session organized by The Red Pen, which helped me understand my weaknesses and how to leverage my strengths. Thanks to their help I was able to present myself with confidence during the actual interviews.

The Red Pen’s support was crucial in helping me achieve my goal of getting into a top US business school. I cannot recommend them enough!

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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?