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The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania

The Red Pen had a very structured approach, with a specialist for each part of the application. Penning down my goals and how a business school fit in those was not an easy task for me. My lead consultant took the time to understand my story, reviews and refined the essays and helped me portray my story in a compelling manner. The practice Wharton Team-Based Discussion was also something I benefited from. I was quite anxious as group discussion was not really my forte. The Red Pen arranged a mock session with the shortlisted students and provided a flavour of the actual session, which helped soothe my nerves, and give my best shot at the actual TBD. I would definitely recommend The Red Pen’s services to all students applying to business schools.

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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?