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University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management

University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management

My employer encouraged me to get in touch with The Red Pen. Kim and Kavita bring a wealth of experience to the whole process, which can be invaluable to any applicant. From my point of view, their biggest value add was the guidance on my essays. Kim and Kavita helped me tailor my essays so that they were consistent with my profile and resume. Thanks to their input, I was able to improve my grammar, write succinctly, with honesty and to the point. Without their guidance, my essays would have been average. Overall I would say that my experience with the Red Pen was very useful.

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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?