Cue Card Sample

Cue Card 289 - Describe an event that changed your life for the better

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

Describe an event that changed your life for the better.

You should say:

  • what the event was
  • what exactly has happened
  • when it has happened

and explain how it has changed your life for the better.


Model Answer 1:
I guess that there have been a very few events in my life that have impacted me as deeply and changed my life for better as the grand event of my wedding that took place about a few years ago. Today, I would like to talk about that event as to how it changed my life.

Razia and I got married in a hurry - as much of a hurry as a couple who have been in love with each other for more than 5 years. In March, we decided that we were going to do it in June with a small ceremony at my parents' house. But, instead of June, we had to say “I do” in April (I will tell you why in a minute). So, anyway, we picked out the flowers and our wedding dresses, called a minister, and crammed about 30 people onto some cheap folding chairs in our dining room.

I was about 28 years old back then and wearing just a regular wedding dress (not a very expensive and fancy one). The wedding couldn’t be as low-key as it was without going to some city halls, courthouse or any other wedding venues. Anyway, this marriage wasn’t exactly supposed to take place in such hurry, but things changed when I was offered a great job at a multi-national company, and for that, I would need to live in Europe for at least one year. Obviously, my parents didn’t want me to stay along all these times all by myself in some foreign country, and hence the need to marry me off in such haste.  

Anyway, this wedding event has certainly changed my life for better, mainly because it has provided me with a greater purpose in life which I was missing up and until that grand event. Besides, it also has made me more responsible and confident about my life and future while having the love of my life by my side to share the good times and the bad times together.


Sample Answer 2:
In our lives, we learn everyday knowingly or unknowingly. What we do now shapes our future and every event has its importance and consequence in our life. Yet there are some major and significant events that change our path dramatically. One such important event in my life was helping a neighbour when he got ill severely all of a sudden.

I was passing the neighbour’s house and I heard a noise that sounded more like a scream. In fact, the person got a heart attack and I was only 12 years old at that time to understand that clearly. I ran to his house and when I noticed him lying on the ground, I shouted for help. I called my parents and one of my cousins and we took him to the hospital promptly. The doctor went through the medical treatment and tests and thanked us for being so prompt. The consulting doctor also mentioned that something bad could have happened if we have waited a bit longer to take him to the hospital.

This person became very grateful to us and also became a family friend. He became a friend, guardian and teacher to me. He often helped me with my studies and taught me many valuable and moral aspects of life.

After I passed A level exam, I was accepted by a prestigious Medical College of our country and my father tried to manage a bank loan to support my educational expenses. But he was undone. He had not been able to manage the large amount needed for me to get admitted in this Medical College. This neighbour who became our family friend raised his benevolent support and sold one of his properties to support my education. We tried to protest by all means but he was determined to help. Over the period, my father and I repaid his money but what he did was beyond repayable.

Because of him, I am a doctor now. That all happened because of the event when I was 12. That event changed the path of my life. This event changed my life for something better and greater.


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An event that changed your life.