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University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Los Angeles

Coming from a background in commerce, I wanted to apply for a Masters in Engineering in the US. I happened to come across The Red Pen through online sources, who happily took up my challenging application. Working with The Red Pen was a wonderful experience. The team’s constant motivation and perseverance towards my application was delightful. They were available constantly, guiding me with their expertise. The online system Cialfo is brilliantly used throughout the application journey. Fortunately, through all their guidance, I was able to secure a seat at a great US college. I sincerely thank The Red Pen for their support in helping me achieve my goals.

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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?