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I think one of the most daunting elements of any application is the writing component which includes the common application essay and the university-specific questions. It is with immense gratitude that I thank the entire team at The Red Pen, especially my lead consultant who helped me come up with cohesive pieces that included all of my scattered thoughts and ideas; there were so many! The ISC itself was a huge commitment and it is only due to the constant communication and encouragement of the team that I was able to complete my application and get accepted into a college that matched my specifications. Right from panicked calls during the Early Action period to the final call, The Red Pen team has been tremendously supportive and patient. The Red Pen team is very approachable and I highly recommended them.

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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?