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University of Toronto

University of Toronto

Between the rigorous pressure of the IBDP curriculum and participating in extracurricular activities, I initially found the application process difficult to cope with as there were so many aspects that needed my focus. That is where The Red Pen came in. Not only did they guide me through the entire process but also gave me advice specific to my passion and goals. They helped me find my voice through my essays which authentically told my story – something I wouldn’t have been able to figure on my own. The team was always available for me at all times and extremely efficient.

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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?