IELTS Cue Card Sample 236 - Decision that took you a long time to make

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a decision that took you a long time to make.

You should say:

  • what decision it was
  • when you made this decision
  • why it took you so long

and explain how you felt after you made the decision.


Model Answer 1:
I am usually a prompt person when it comes to making a decision. Of course, when I say that I am prompt, I don’t mean to suggest that I take all kinds of decisions overnight, but rather I mean to say that I don’t waste any unnecessary time in making any kind of decision. But, then there comes a time in our life when we do have to take a long time to make a decision just like I did about 5 years ago.

Back in 5 years, I was actually living in a nice small town while working at a branch office of one of the prestigious real estate firms in my country. After living there for almost 5 years, and trust me, 5 years is a long time, I had got very attached to that nice, little town which was beautifully adorned with many different kinds of trees, large park-like green fields full of grass and a number of small and beautiful ponds. Besides, most people there were friendly to me and treated me like one of their own even though I hailed from a different city which was far from them.

So, I liked everything about that nice little town. But, then came the order from my corporate head office, asking me to move to a different city and work there. Obviously, I didn’t like the order, so I tried to argue with my bosses that I would be more productive by working in the small city environment as I was already in. But my bosses didn’t like to hear that. So, I asked my company to allow me some time to decide whether to move or quit the job. Finally, after a month-long of deliberation with myself, I decided to move to the city as per the order of my superiors.

Anyway, after making that decision, I felt that it was the right one since it was about moving forward with career. Besides, I also felt that no matter where I moved or live, I could always work onto creating my own little world around me that I would like.


Sample Answer 2:
After finishing my graduation, I applied for a few jobs and luckily I was offered a job in a large company. The work environment, the environment, the learning facility, salary structure and management were very good and I was very satisfied to work there.  When I had to decide between continuing my job and doing my Masters, I was so perplexed that it took more than one month to decide which one to pick. The M.Sc. program offered by the university required a student to attend the classes at day time and that contradicted my office timing. I had to pick one of these two options and my parents wanted me to finish my M.Sc. first.

I felt like having a great dilemma and had to think a lot to decide. The time I spent to decide what to do took a long time mostly because I was not sure which one should I put more priority: job or study? My parents were in favour of study when some of my friends advised me to continue the job and then getting enrolled in an evening Master’s program. This dividend opinion and advice made me more confused. Another reason which caused this delay in taking the decision was the time I had in my hand. I was not bound to decide in a day or in a week since I had one month’s time in my hand to decide. I had many different thoughts at that time, and sometimes, I thought of continuing my job while another time, I thought to put more priority on my regular Master’s degree.

After I decided to continue my job and doing the masters in a different university that offered an executive M.Sc. program, I felt like a heavy burden had fallen from my head. I talked to my parents and finally, they agreed that doing an Executive Master’s Degree would not be a bad idea. I felt great as I loved the job that I had. I felt good as I had been able to continue both of the important things I had at that time.


Sample Answer 3:
My decision to move to the capital city alone for my high school education took a very long time. My father was a government service holder and we used to stay in an urban area which was far from the capital. After I did a promising result in my primary level, I started dreaming about studying in a really big and reputed school in the capital city. I was in a position to decide either to abandon my dream or to leave parents and siblings. I was around 10 years old at that time and could not decide which option I should pick.

My mind was oscillating and I was in a great dilemma. I did not want to leave my beloved and dearest family members but on the other hand, I could not discard my dream of getting admitted to a well-established school. It took me almost 1 year to finally decide and it was a tough decision to make for an 11-years-old boy. I planned to move to the capital city with two other classmates I had and I planned to spend all of my holidays at home.

I felt good about my decision. I started feeling the necessity of reading in a good school and at the same time, I missed my family members. Initial few days were very tough for me. I got bored sometimes for being very far from my known world but that helped me to concentrate on my studies more. I chose my study as my salvation of homesickness and boredom.

Deep inside my heart, I knew that I made this sacrifice at an earlier age for a greater good and someday I will get the result of my sacrifice. I knew I had to go ahead and someday I will be able to be with my family members again. Still, now I feel that it was a very thoughtful and prudent decision though it took me a whole year to decide.


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