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Parent of an IBDP Student

Parent of an IBDP Student

It has been great working with The Red Pen, we used their Profile Development services for my son when he was in the 10th grade. Not only has the team been sending relevant information that will help strengthen his profile but they have also been very responsive in helping my son with mock interviews and general college preparation. The monthly newsletter informed us about YEA, my son has now enrolled and it is an excellent opportunity for him to learn about business and entrepreneurship, become more confident and develop leadership skills. The team really went the extra mile to help my son with any academic-related questions we had. From navigating us through the profile building sessions to calling the College Board for information that I was not able to attain myself – it’s great to be working with a team who are so genuine.

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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?