Describe a piece of work you did fairly quickly - Cue Card # 634

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

Describe a piece of work you did fairly quickly.

You should say:

  • what work it was
  • why you did it quickly
  • how easy or difficult it was
and explain what the result was.
[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:

This topic reminds me of the day when I was late for my physics practical class at my college. I must thank you first for the time you have allowed me to talk about it. 
My physics lab was supposed to start at 11.30 am but I could not make it to the lab until 12.15 pm. When I reached the lab and asked for the teacher's permission to join the class, the teacher pointed out his wristwatch to remind me that I was already late. He then told me that all other students in the lab are taking a class test and the mark would be added to our final score! He also mentioned that I will not be allowed any extra time and the test will end at 1.00 pm.
Frankly speaking, I was shocked that the teacher had decided to take an exam on the very day I was late! However, I was determined to take part in it and finish the test before 1.00 pm. Personally, I think that it was a really difficult task especially because I learned about the experiment the week before and did not get the opportunity to examine it myself. And it was even more challenging since I had only around 40 minutes left to complete it. 
I had to think and act really fast. The first thing I needed to do was to take the tools from the lab assistant and then concentrate on the question. I thought about the experiment the teacher showed us a week ago and the harder I tied, more difficult it seemed! I took a deep breath and started working on the experiment. 
My task was to find the value of v for different values of u in case of a concave mirror and to find the focal length. I quickly mounted the concave mirror in the mirror holder, moved the mirror forward and backwards to get a sharp image of the object on the wall. I needed to measure the rough focal length of the mirror and then followed several other steps to get the results of the experiments. I did not even notice the time and when the teacher declared that the time was up, I handed over my answer sheet to him. 
Luckily I managed to finish the experiment and wrote down my findings on the answer sheet. I did everything so swiftly that I could not be sure whether I did good or ruined the whole experiment! When the teacher returned my answer sheet the next week, I was excited to notice that I managed B+ on this quickly done lab exam which was in a way quite inspiring for me.
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