IELTS Cue Card 611 - Something you have achieved and are proud of

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

Describe something that you have achieved and you are proud of.

You should say:

  • what you have achieved
  • when you have achieved it
  • what was difficult about achieving it

and explain why you are proud of this achievement.

[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:
I have recently taken part in a photography competition organized by a local museum and won the second title. I consider it a great achievement and had been very proud of it. When I saw my photo in a daily newspaper as one of the winners of the competition, I was exhilarated. Many of my relatives and friends congratulated me for the accomplishment and I am fortunate to have the chance to talk about it.

I am not a professional shutterbug and took a course on photography two years ago. I still consider myself a learner and this achievement is highly encouraging for me to go further. There were more than seven hundred contestants and being second in the final stage was not easy. The competition was announced in a local newspaper with the rules and policies to submit both digital and printed version of the photos and I selected three best shots of mine and submitted those to the organizer.

The photograph that won me the second prize depicted an old woman anxiously waiting at the station for someone to arrive. It blended the red dress and her hat of the women with the train station’s red and white colour. A glimpse of the approaching train was visible at a far distant. I took this snapshot in 2012 and had long revered it as one of my best works as a photographer.

The second prize brought me 300 dollars and a silver crest along with a certificate. The prize money was significant, but from an inspirational point of view, this was priceless. It definitely boosted my motivation to continue my work, which I was often confused about and made me renowned to the contemporary aspiring photographers. I have every valid reason to be proud of this achievement, I guess.

Sample Answer 2:
I am not sure if quitting smoking should be counted as a big achievement but to me, it was the supreme triumph in the past few years of my life. I would like to thank you for this nice cue card topic and the time you have allowed me to talk about one of my feats that I feel very proud of.

I am not sure how it started but in the third semester of my university, I found myself as a smoker and without even noticing, this became a habit I could not leave behind. At the beginning, it was just curiosity and fun, but not after few months when I was already a regular smoker. However, last year I finally stopped smoking as it was my only new year resolution and I feel great about it. To be more precise, I quit smoking on the 31st night in 2016.

I have tried to quit smoking several times in the past 3 years and it was not easy. It was both a physical and psychological challenge to which I yielded and finally started this heinous habit again.

But it was not the case on the 31st night in 2016. My determination helped me overcome this and achieve something I have failed several other times in my life.

Smoking is a silent killer and a habit that no one should have. The first time I tried to quit smoking was the time I realized how difficult it was. It was like iterating in a circle that does not close! The urge to puff few more times never ended and I was feeling the lack of stamina when playing football or table tennis. I was quite determined however to get back to the stage when smoking was not a part of my life and I am without it for the last one year. This is, in fact, is one of the biggest achievements of my life.

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