Cue Card Sample

Describe an exciting experience in your life - Cue Card # 616

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

Describe an exciting experience in your life.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • when and where it occurred
  • what happened

and explain what was so exciting about it.

[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:

Thank you very much for this interesting topic. I can recall several such thrilling occasions, and for this topic, I would like to talk about one of my recent exciting experiences.


A couple of months ago I went to watch a 3D animated movie in a movie theatre for the first time in my life. I have had the experience of watching a 3D movie at home but not on a really large screen in a theatre. It was an overwhelming experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


I went to watch the movie with two close friends of mine and it was mid-November in 2020. The name of the movie theatre was (...say a movie theatre name...) and the movie we enjoyed was (...say an animated movie name...). Once there, I decided to watch a 3D movie as I thought it would be fun to watch a 3D movie on a large screen. To share my impression with you, I was enthralled and quite taken aback by the surreal stage at which I entered when I wore the 3D glasses. It was as if I was present at the event and was witnessing the whole thing with my own eyes!


Just after I put on the glasses that were designed for watching 3D movies, I was taken to a magical yet original world of animation. I can not compare it with my previous experience of watching a movie in a theatre. I felt as if I was cut off from reality and transported to a fairy world of animated characters. The sound system of the theatre added another thrilling dimension to the experience. Though 3D movies are still in its primary stages, I would say, it has advanced remarkably and offers a whole new dimension to the movie lovers.


The experience I have had at that time was unique. I was so enchanted with the experience that I went to watch another 3D movie within a week. Afterwards, I have enjoyed more than five or six 3D movies so far but the excitement of experiencing it for the first time is unforgettable.

Model Answer 2:

Life is full of many exciting experiences, some of which, we tend to forget, but as for others, we remember them for a long time. Today, I would like to talk about such an experience, involving riding on a boat, which I will never forget.

It was during a long summer holiday about 5 years ago, when my university had just closed, and I decided to visit one of my best friend’s hometown at his invitation in order to see one of the biggest lakes of my country. The lake was very famous, not only because of its huge size but also because of its crystal clear water. Anyway, I was very excited about my visit to see the lake, but little did I know that even more excitement and surprise were waiting for me.

In fact, after arriving at my friend’s hometown, when he took me to the lake, I could see a brand new, white, and motor-driven boat was waiting for us to ride. However, the problem was I never had a boat journey before, nor did I know any swimming. But my friend was indeed brave, and he assured me that nothing would happen. So, our boat journey started and in no time, I found myself far away from the lakeshore. The exciting thing was that I could actually see the fishes swimming around us through the clear water of the lake! In a second, I forgot about my fear and wanted to catch some of those big fishes, but my friend prevented me.

Anyway, it was indeed a “once in a lifetime” kind of exciting experience for me because I never travelled by boat before. Besides, when I was in the middle of the lake, it felt like the sky was only covering the lake like a “tower”.  I also felt like the fishes wanted to talk to us and befriend us when they were swimming around our boat! Finally, chirping of the birds over our heads felt like they were singing to “greet” us in their world!


Sample Answer 3:
Thank you very much for this nice cue card topic. I am happy to be able to talk about an exciting and unique experience of my life. Being the father for the first time in my life is something I will always cherish, and this was an event that is incomparable to any other event of my life.

I became a father two years ago and the birth of my daughter was truly a blessing for me. It was so exciting and exhilarating experience that I  can never forget it.

My daughter Angella, who is a beautiful angel to me, is two years and a few days old now. So this event took place around two years ago. To be exact, it happened on 18th January 2019 and she was born in a hospital called Square Maternity Care & Baby Hospital in the UK.

My wife and I were expecting our first baby, and on 16th January 2019, we visited the hospital to consult with a doctor. She suggested that we should be prepared to get my wife admitted to the hospital on that very day as the baby is due in a couple of days. According to her suggestion, I took my wife to the hospital in the evening to get her admitted there and my parents and sister accompanied us. Two days later, at around 11.30 in the morning, we were blessed with a baby daughter.

The first time I heard that my wife gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby girl and both of them were doing great, I was probably the happiest person in the whole universe. I felt an inexpressible joy and could not wait to see them both. When I hold my daughter, who was the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen, the time literally froze! I gazed upon her for a few minutes and overwhelming joy and utter excitement took control of me. The baby was crying, probably because I hold her while she wanted to be wrapped in her mother's lap, and I was smiling. This is the first time I realised what it really means to become a father. The experience will linger in my mind till my last day on this earth, and the happiness and excitement it brought are indescribable.

Your idea to talk about the candidate task card 'Describe an exciting experience in your life' should help you talk about the following topics as well:

1. Describe something exciting you did recently.
2. Describe a time when you enjoyed a movie in a movie theatre.
3. Describe a memorable event in your life.
4. Describe something you did for the first time and really liked.
5. Describe an experience that you will never forget.

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