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Parent of an IBDP Student

Parent of an IBDP Student

We couldn’t be happier with our decision to join The Red Pen. It’s been smooth sailing and absolutely worth every penny. Being a working mom, what I appreciate most is how they are on top of everything. The way they took over the planning and laying down of options for all of my daughter’s areas of interest was commendable. Also, the attention to detail and involvement through the process has bought so much clarity to the table, as opposed to hearsay and depending on a million independent comments over the internet. The attitude they have towards dealing with my concerns was super. When we rejected the first round of veterinary summer programs they offered us, they dug deeper and came up with a better lot of institutions worldwide and made sure we got exactly what fits my daughter’s needs. Love the team, their ethics and personal involvement.

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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?