Cue Card Sample

Short term goal or ambition you have - Cue Card # 303

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

Describe a short term goal or ambition you have.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • for how long you have this goal
  • how difficult it would be to have it fulfilled

and explain what you need to do to achieve it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:
Different people have different types of short term goals. Some want to save up some money to buy a luxury car while others want to travel to a few countries. Well, I also have a short term goal and that is to set up a workout routine for doing some daily physical exercise.

Well, I have been carrying this thought inside my head that I would need to work on my physical fitness for almost a year, but I haven’t managed to do it yet either because I have been too lazy or I have been too busy.

But, the time has certainly come to become a bit more serious about my health and fitness, mainly because I am spending plenty of time at my office which is making me gain weight. After all, sitting on a chair for a significant part of the way without any physical activity, in the long run, is a recipe for disaster as far as your health is concerned, especially, if you are not strictly controlling your diet.

Besides, my age is also not on my side because the older I become, the more difficult will it get to get rid of the extra weight I gain. At least, my doctor thinks so when he suggests getting rid of my extra weight.

Anyway, I know that setting up this workout routine is not going to be easy because I am not exactly a very organized person. Besides, the responsibilities and the current work schedules I have at my job won’t exactly allow me to set a fixed workout routine unless I become more aggressive and innovative about it.

Anyway, in order to set up this workout routine, first I need to cut my nap time as well as my regular sleep time, if possible. Then I would also need to cut the time that I sometimes use for socialising purpose with my friends. Besides, I would also need to be more efficient at my work so that I don’t have to spend too much time on a certain task or assignment.


Sample Answer 2:
Goals and ambitions in our lives play important roles as they help us stay focused and plan accordingly to achieve them. We all have long term and short term goals in our lives and we dream to achieve them all. One of the short time goals or should I say ambition I currently have is to migrate to Canada/ UK/ USA/ Australia and settle there for a couple of years.

I have finished my graduation in M.B.A from a reputed university in my country and then worked for 2 years in a multinational company. The valuable experience I gather during these 2 years would be very helpful for me to further enhance my career. In the meanwhile, if I can work for a company situated in a first world country that fosters multi-cultural work environment and deals with top-notch businesses, would be a great uplift for my future.

I have decided to fulfil this goal 1 year ago and then started working accordingly. In fact, the IELTS exam I am participating in was a part of my preparation to requirement fulfilment to achieve this goal.

So far I have been doing fine to be allowed to migrate to the country I have targeted, but yet nothing is certain. I am hopeful that I would be able to fulfil all the criteria I am required to complete to be allowed to go there.

In my country the working and training experience in a first world country is esteemed greatly and to participate in our economy, I need to learn the business ethics and idea from a country which is considered to be a pioneer in it. This is the main reason I would like to go and work there. Apart from that, it would allow me to enhance my knowledge, experience and would broaden my horizon which would be very much beneficial for my future.


Part 3 – Two-way discussion:

Q. What kind of things give status to people in your country?

Q. Have things changed since your parents’ time?

Q. What are the important qualities to achieve our ambitions?

Q. Are all ambitions good in life?

Q. What type of ambitions young generation in your country has?

Q. Would you focus more on achieving your ambition or doing things you love to do?


Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:

  1. Describe a dream you have.
  2. Describe something you want to achieve in the near future.
  3. Describe a future plan you have.
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