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London School of Economics

London School of Economics

I chose Red Pen after having spoken to Kim (one of the co-founders of The Red Pen), she was very helpful and well aware about how to guide me through this process. The one thing that stood out for me was the way The Red Pen helped me understand my capabilities and build my resume. The Red Pen helped me discover my field of interest, took me through each stage and helped me make it to my dream college! I was working with Tripti, she was just a phone call or an email away and she always answered all my questions, even if they were stupid. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank The Red Pen for helping me turn my dream into reality.

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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?