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EC Virtual Higher Score® IELTS Standard 2



This online course offers an international classroom which prepares students for their IELTS test, giving them all the tools they need to maximise their IELTS score. With a combination of guidance and personalised feedback from teachers, progress tracking and support from the EC Online IELTS site, and mock exams, this course is a one-stop shop.


Included with every course:

  • Live classes at a time chosen by individual students. Three time zones available: 00:00, 10:00 and 18:00 London time.
  • Lessons delivered by qualified, experienced English teachers and experienced IELTS instructors
  • 2 days of 90-min face-to-face virtual English classes
  • 30 mins a day of structured classmate collaboration
  • Unlimited self-study with access to materials on EC Online
  • Regular writing and speaking tests
  • FREE access to Microsoft Office for 12 months including Word, PowerPoint, and much more!
  • Ability to upgrade to a higher intensity and add one-to-one lessons

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This course is suitable for students who

  • who want to attend English-speaking university
  • who want to work in an English speaking/international workplace
  • who want to gain a competitive advantage in the jobs market
  • who want to achieve any of these and cannot travel or are quarantining


What can you expect on this course?

Why Choose EC Virtual Higher Score® IELTS? 

1. Smaller Classrooms (8 students max) 
  • Allows for more intensive learning 
  • Increased time for teacher-to-student interaction 
  • Closer monitoring of speaking and listening 
  • More personalised feedback from the teacher 
2. Collaborative Sessions 
  • Students work freely and independently with each other, replicating real life workplace collaboration 
  • More time for student reflection and interaction 
  • Microsoft Teams allows students to message, video call and share documents 
  • All collaborations are monitored by the teacher, but the main interactions are among students 
3. Classroom Dynamics 
  • Whole-class activities with online participation from all students 
  • Collaborating in a multi-cultural environment 
4. Curriculum 
  • Virtual classes will follow the same in-school EC curriculum 
  • Learning is supplemented by our learning platform, EC Online 
  • Mock exams included 
5. Flexibility 
  • 3 different time zones, 24 hours a day around the globe 
  • Classes are held 2, 3 or 5 days per week to suit students’ availability 
  • Option to boost their English further by adding private classes 

What can you expect on this programme?

How does it work?

1. Before class (30mins) 
The teacher will set up a pre-class assignment with relevant questions for students to consider. This can be anything from reading or listening from the course book, a relevant video or article, or a Flashpoint from EC Online. This allows students to come to class fully prepared and able to fully participate in the class discussions. 

2. During class (90 mins) 
Small groups of up to 8 students from around the world collaborate via video call with their teacher. They outline objectives and goals, discuss the questions and task(s) from the pre-class assignment, review any questions and set up the post-class collaborative activity as well as the pre-class assignment for the next day.  

Students should be prepared for a much more intensive class than a normal face-to-face session! 

3. After class (30 mins) 
Students are asked to work on a writing or speaking post-class collaborative activity, which they upload on Teams. Just like with the pre-class assignment, they discuss virtually with their group and the teacher will monitor the chat. 

Students will also be assigned exam practice and mock tests to be completed in their own time. 

Sample Timetable

Class Time Zones:


Students can choose between their school’s local time zone or the following timetable (in case the student is back in-country).

Please note that the clock changes in the UK in the last week of October and last week of March. This will impact the local time of lessons.