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Wellington College

Wellington College

We thoroughly enjoyed working with The Red Pen. Our journey began when Kim visited Kenya and suggested that we look at sixth form schools in the UK who offered the IBDP for our daughter as a stepping stone to applying to universities in the US. The Red Pen guided us at every step of the way, from choosing the schools to visit and the guidance and review on the personal statement to interview practise (both group and individual) and finally choosing the right school. The team was always only a message away and we could easily reach them despite the time difference between Kenya and India. With The Red Pen’s help, our daughter managed to get offers from all four schools that she applied to. The final selection was made easy with the quantitative and qualitative questionnaires from The Red Pen. Our daughter chose Wellington College, which we believe will be a great fit for her. Thank you The Red Pen for helping us achieve our target.

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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?