IELTS Cue Card 607 - Describe a situation when someone suggested a clever solution

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

Describe a situation when someone suggested a clever solution.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • what the situation was
  • who suggested the solution

and say why you think it was a clever solution.

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

Model Answer 1:
It may sound peculiar to many but I got a clever solution to find more time for reading books. In fact, I love to read books and want to finish at least three to four books in a month but my hectic schedule hardly allows me to finish two books every month. So, do not be surprised by the solution that one of my friends suggested and thank you for the time you have allowed me to talk about it.

I was wondering for a while how to install a small bookshelf inside the toilet to keep some books safely because the privy was unable to accommodate a moderate bookshelf. So, installing a small shelf centring the tissue holder was a smart idea. I used some small wood pieces to form the shape of a bookshelf and was really proud to have finally made it. Now I can place two or three books together at a time and read them inside the privy.

Barbara suggested the solution to me. In fact, I shared my dilemma with her and she suggested me to install a small shelf made with a couple of timber. She also helped me build the shelf. In fact, it was easier than I thought and the credit goes to Barbara who in fact, gave me a great suggestion.

The solution to the problem was unconventional yet very effective. Now I am using the shelf comfortably and can manage more time for reading books I like. So, considering all the facts, this is a clever solution to my problem of reading a book inside the lavatory. 

Sample Answer 2:
Thank you sir/madam for the opportunity to let me talk about an event when someone's intelligent suggestion solved a big problem. It was almost two years ago and I wanted to get a part-time job so that I could gain some work experience and in parallel earn some money. But managing a suitable job was not easy especially at a time when most of the companies in our town were downsizing their employees.

To tell you the truth, I forwarded my CV to a good number of companies and strangely got no interview call. That time I met a friend from my school and during our conversation he suggested that I should try some freelancing work from one or two reputed websites like At first, I was not convinced but he went on explaining how this could help me enhance my web designing skills and earn a steady amount from my work. He told me he was speaking from his own experience and thought that it was a step worth taking.

I now feel that my friend James, who actually suggested me the solution did a great thing for me. His suggestion to work as a freelancer solved my dilemma to get a job and gain some experience.

During the last two years, I have finished some great projects and that would add some weight to my resume. Besides, due to James's timely solution - which was actually an alternative for getting a part-time job, I now enjoy a certain degree of economic freedom and concentrate more on my studies. I would say that was a great solution from one of my old friend. 

If you can talk about the cue card topic 'Describe a situation when someone suggested a clever solution' you should be able to talk about the following topics as well:

1. Describe a time when someone gave you a good piece of advice.
2. Describe an event when you took a good decision.
3. Describe a positive change in your life.
4. Describe an important change in your life.
5. Talk about a person whose advice helped you greatly.

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