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Parent of an IBDP Student

Parent of an IBDP Student

As parents of a young girl who had just completed grade 10, we didn’t know which way to go. We felt completely lost as we were not aware of all the career options available in the modern world and our daughter wanted to explore them before making a decision. That’s when we stumbled upon The Red Pen. The very able and confident team took over immediately, as a well-wisher would. They not only educated us about the various courses but are also guiding our daughter towards an informed and smart decision. The entire team is very helpful, and have been on a call with my daughter even after working hours and has frequently calmed her down in moments of panic. She has helped her in strengthening her profile, applying to summer schools, and encouraging her to maintain her school grades. The Red Pen team is definitely different from the rest – highly professional, but with a personal touch!

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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?