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Why should I choose Sibia Admissions to assist me with my personal statement writing, application preparation and admissions needs?

Sibia Admissions is a unique admissions consulting company because our experienced team members take the time to get to know you and your unique background and academic record very thoroughly. Thus, the guidance we provide you is specifically tailored to your strengths, interests, and future goals. Your Sibia Admissions consultant works closely with you to ensure your personal success.

Instead of adopting a “wholesale” approach to admissions, we at Sibia understand the complicated and individual nature of the process. Every applicant not only has unique characteristics and qualifications, but also operates on a different timeline and with specific priorities. With Sibia Admissions, you can be certain that we will customize all of our services to best suit your needs.

Furthermore, Sibia Admissions takes a healthy approach to the admissions process. We recognize that an applicant is so much more than a set of numbers, a list of courses and activities, a faceless statistic to a university or to admissions officers. Instead, your Sibia consultant remembers that the most important priority is being a happy, well-rounded and successful student.

With this in mind, you can be sure that your personal Sibia consultant will help you to navigate the admissions procedure with a positive, healthy attitude and an eye toward your long-term success and happiness.

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How do I begin working with a Sibia consultant?

Review the three branches of services we offer–application essay editing, admissions consulting, and pre-application consulting–for the specific program you are targeting in order to determine which would be best for you. Once you have narrowed down the service type, check out each individual package that Sibia provides.

Each package type offers you flexibility in terms of the precise services received, the amount of time spent working with your Sibia consultant, and the turnaround time for your consultant’s responses to your queries or editing requests.

After you select the best package for you, simply click the Order Now button. Then, a Sibia Admissions consultant will respond to you within hours to begin working with you!

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Who will be my Sibia consultant, and how will he or she contact me?

Our team of Sibia consultants is populated with highly qualified experts who know firsthand the competitive nature of school admissions. They have earned their degrees at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, including Oxford and Harvard, and are prepared to offer you their insiders’ knowledge and expertise.

As soon as you submit your order, you will be assigned your own personal consultant who will contact you immediately by email for an introduction. Your Sibia consultant will also provide you with a detailed questionnaire and outline of your service package. Then, you can give your consultant several time options for your first consulting session and get started!

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Do I have to live near a Sibia consultant in order to work with one?

Absolutely not! Current technology enables you to receive any and all of Sibia’s admissions consulting services from the convenience of your own home. You can always contact your Sibia consultant via email, and for real-time consulting sessions, you can speak directly with your consultant via Skype or telephone.

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Will my Sibia consultant frankly assess my chances of admission to my top choice schools?

After gaining a better sense of who you are and of your background, your Sibia consultant will be able to help you to devise a list of realistic target programs. Given your academic record and university preferences, we will honestly assess your chances of admission to various schools, coming up with Likely Admit, Solid Match, and Reach Programs.

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Will my personal Sibia consultant strictly follow the package/session outline that is detailed on each individual service Web page?

The suggested package outlines described on each package Web page are merely suggestions. Once your Sibia consultant contacts you and obtains a better sense of your specific needs, you are free to alter the timeline of sessions as you wish. Our team is both flexible and sensitive to your preferences, so we can adapt your package to your admissions priorities.

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You offer three types of services: Admissions Essay Editing, Admissions Consulting, and Pre-Application Consulting. How do I know which service is best for me?

First, Sibia Admissions offers extensive details about each service and package type on their respective pages, whether you are applying to college, grad school, medical school, law school, or business school. If you haven’t done so already, take a moment to review these pages and see which you think will be best for your needs.

Very basically:

Our Essay Editing services are designed for those of you who do not need assistance with other components of your applications. However, you do receive extensive guidance and feedback for as many personal statements as necessary, in addition to thorough editing and proofreading services and revisions.

Sibia’s Admissions Consulting services are geared toward applicants who are preparing to submit their materials to prospective schools shortly. If this sounds like you, order this option and you can obtain invaluable assistance with all components of the admissions process, from selecting your target programs to soliciting financial aid.

Finally, Sibia’s Pre-Application Planning services are designed for students who are earlier in the admissions process and not imminently submitting applications. We help you to map out a course curriculum (if applicable) and corresponding goals that will best enhance your admissions strategy when you are ready to apply to your programs of choice.

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I’ve picked the optimal package for myself. How do I order it?

Simply click the Order Now button and check out, once you have verified the contents of your shopping cart. There will be detailed instructions throughout the checkout process to help you, should you have any questions.

As soon as you finalize your order, you will receive a confirmation email that assures you that we have received it. Then, your personal Sibia consultant will contact you shortly to get started on your admissions consulting needs!

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What payment methods do you accept?

Sibia Admissions accepts payment by major credit cards, including Visa and Mastercard, and by Paypal.  Unfortunately, we do not accept check or cash payments.

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How does the pricing for your service packages compare to other admissions consulting companies?

Our team is aware that many other admissions consulting companies charge their clients exorbitant amounts of money for their services. While some may be able to afford such prices, many individuals may have more financial difficulty accessing the invaluable guidance they need to gain that extra edge over other applicants.

At Sibia, we believe that all applicants should be able to receive the expert assistance they require in order to maximize their chances of gaining admission to their desired programs. Thus, we have selected our pricing with the dual aim of maintaining the utmost quality of service and of remaining accessible to you.

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Do I need to purchase multiple packages if I am applying to multiple universities?

If you select Sibia’s Admissions Essay Editing services, your specific package is based in part by the total word count of all of the essay drafts you submit to us. Thus, you can edit multiple essays that are intended to be submitted to different schools; only the total word count matters.

Similarly, for Sibia’s College Consulting or Pre- Application Consulting services, our packages are based upon the number of live consulting sessions you receive, as well as additional products. You choose how each consulting session is spent; if you would like to discuss multiple university options within these sessions, your personal consultant will be more than happy to accommodate you.

Finally, Sibia Admissions offers customized packages as well, for both Admissions Consulting and Pre- Application Consulting services. You can always select to receive a customized package that is designed specifically according to your preferences.

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Do you only assist applicants from the United States, or from other countries as well?

Given that Sibia consultants are able to work with you via email, telephone, and Skype, we extend our services to applicants across the globe. Furthermore, our consultants are located around the world and are certainly able to schedule consulting sessions according to your time zone. You can also check out the services we offer specifically for international students.

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Do you only assist students applying to top-tier programs, or are Sibia services available to applicants aiming for a broader variety of universities?

Though Sibia’s consultants have attended top-tier universities in the United States and abroad, we offer our assistance to all applicants, regardless of where they intend to apply. We are equally qualified to assist students enhance their candidacy to Ivy League universities, as well as to second- and third-tier schools.

In addition to guiding our clients through the admissions process for four-year colleges, as well as graduate and professional schools, our consulting services can be tailored to assist students seeking admissions to community colleges and junior colleges.

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Does my Sibia consultant write my admissions essay(s) for me?

While your personal Sibia consultant will certainly help you to brainstorm potential topics, edit and proofread your work, and review all drafts with you extensively, we do not under any circumstances provide original content. After all, we’re not the ones the admissions officers are seeking!

Instead, we assess what you have come up with and give you the vital constructive criticism that enables you to create a compelling and flawless personal statement. At Sibia, we consider it of utmost importance that your personal statement retains your unique voice and character.

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Will admissions officers realize that I have solicited admissions consulting assistance from Sibia Admissions?

Sibia Admissions guides you through the intensive admissions procedure, but we do not create original content in your personal statement or complete any part of the application for you personally.

Furthermore, we ensure that your voice is infused in every part of your application. After all, this is the best way to enhance your chances of admission to the right school for you! Admissions officers must get a good sense of who you are, and Sibia Admissions is keenly aware of this crucial fact.

Thus, you can rest assured that admissions officers will not be able to discern that you have sought the assistance of our admissions experts.

Do you provide the same advice and guidance to all of your clients?

At Sibia Admissions, we pride ourselves upon offering highly customized consulting services. Before dispensing any advice, in fact, your personal consultant will first spend time getting to know you and learning more about your academic background and goals for the future. Only then will we be prepared to provide you with admissions advice that will truly assist you and enhance your chances of admission to the schools of your choice.

Every applicant boasts of a unique profile. Thus, Sibia Admissions help you to cultivate a distinct applicant identity for yourself, highlighting your specific qualifications and unique experiences. Naturally, this requires that your personal Sibia consultant provide you with thorough and specific guidance that best informs admissions officers of the strength of your candidacy.

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Do you provide extra assistance for specific courses or for standardized examinations, like the SATs, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, or TOEFL?

Sibia Admissions provides admissions consulting services, whether you need assistance planning out the steps you should take during high school or college, or editing and proofreading services for your personal statements. Although our Pre-Application Planning services enable you to receive guidance regarding which courses to take, when to take them, and how to map out your standardized examination timeline, we do not offer specific tutoring services for classes or standardized examinations.

However, Sibia Admissions does offer very useful services to enhance your performance on the written portions of standardized examinations, including for the SAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, and LSAT. The analytical writing assessment score is key, as it enables to admissions officers to evaluate whether you possess adequate writing skills and the ability to formulate an argument convincingly. Thus, you can avail of Sibia’s Essay Prep packages to prepare for these sections of your standardized examination.

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I’m not sure whether one of these editing/consulting packages is right for me; can I work with my personal Sibia consultant on an hourly basis instead? If so, do you have hourly rates?

We do not offer consulting services on an hourly basis, but a Sibia consultant can collaborate with you to devise a customized package at a fixed custom quote that meets all of your needs. You can learn more about our Customized Admissions Consulting packages and our Customized Pre-Application Planning package.

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My application deadlines are fast approaching. Is it possible to receive more rapid turnaround from my Sibia consultant?

Of course! The Sibia team is well aware that many applicants are prone to procrastinating or so swamped with other commitments and responsibilities that their application deadlines seem to creep up on them quite unexpectedly.

When you select your specific package, you have the choice of standard delivery or accelerated delivery. Accelerated delivery affords you faster turnaround from your personal Sibia consultant, in terms of email/phone response time and essay revision time.

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Is it possible for me to change my personal Sibia consultant, should I so choose?

If, for any reason, you would like to work with another Sibia consultant, you can certainly contact us to let us know. We will make every effort to accommodate your request immediately.

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Do you make any guarantees about your service? What if I am unsatisfied with the assistance I receive from Sibia?

We guarantee that you will be fully satisfied with the admissions consulting service provided by your personal Sibia consultant. In the unlikely event that you encounter an issue during any part of your Sibia Admissions experience, please contact us, and our team will immediately remedy the issue. However, if you remain dissatisfied with our services, Sibia Admissions will certainly offer you a 100% refund of your payment, or free credit toward another service package that will better suit your needs.

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"Thanks to David, my application essay improved a lot from the rough draft. There isn't a radical change, but my phrases seem a lot more thorough and clear in message. And his overall advise was pretty helpful in understanding why and how it improved that way."

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