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It is easy for a student to get lost with all the submissions and tests at school. Especially if you’re an IB student, your mind is all over the place. In such a situation, you need someone like The Red Pen to guide you through the rigorous application process. A good university application has many small components that make you stand out and The Red Pen makes sure that you present your best version through your application. In my experience, the guidance counsellors were available to help 24*7 and happily answered the silliest of questions. I was told to rewrite my common application essay 5 times before both the team and I were satisfied with it. I am extremely satisfied with my application and I do not believe I would have been able to do it without The Red Pen.

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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?