Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I hire an independent educational consultant?

An independent educational consultant ensures individualized attention for your student. The heavy workload, number of students, and varied responsibilities of high school guidance counselors may not leave enough time for the level of individualized attention required to best prepare for and select the college that’s right for your student.

Does an independent educational consultant accept compensation from schools for placement?

No. Independent educational consultants are not affiliated with any institution and do not accept compensation from colleges or universities for placement. A consultant works on the family’s behalf, assuring confidentiality, privacy, and unbiased assistance.

When is the best time to begin working with an independent educational consultant?

Sophomore or junior year of high school is the best time for the consultant to begin preparing a student’s college lists, action plans, and schedule. An independent educational consultant will evaluate the student’s transcript, standardized test results, and activities, and will assist in selecting high school academic courses and summer and extracurricular activities to enhance the student’s chances of acceptance to his/her desired colleges.

Can an independent educational consultant guarantee acceptance?

No. Admittance to any particular college or university is not guaranteed.

What is the difference between the SAT and ACT?

Many educators believe that the SAT evaluates critical thinking and problem solving while the ACT is based on content and curriculum. Most colleges accept either test, while some colleges require SAT subject tests. Nearly 850 colleges do not require either the SAT or ACT.

Will an independent educational consultant assist with the college application?

Yes. The consultant can help with all areas of the application, including essay topic development, critique, and proofreading; organizational assistance; selecting recommendation letter writers; preparation of activity list and/or resume; and time and stress management.

What is the difference between early decision and early action?

Early decision is a binding agreement between the student and the accepting college or university; if a student is accepted, he/she must attend that college or university. An agreement binding the student to the school upon acceptance is required prior to submitting the early decision application and is signed by the student, parent, and guidance counselor.

Early action is a non-binding type of the early decision process, typically requiring students to submit an application by November 1 of their senior year of high school. The early action decision is provided to the student by mid-December rather than April.