Cue Card Sample

Time when you had to change your plan - Cue Card # 651

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

Describe a time when you had to change your plan.

You should say:

  • when this happened
  • what made you change the plan
  • what the new plan was

and how you felt about the change.

[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:

I am not exactly one of those people who like to plan things ahead of the schedule. But, when I do plan, which seems to be harder for me than doing the actual works, I want to make sure that I am able to execute my plans properly in order to “reap” the benefits of my “hard work”.

But, unfortunately, it was not the case when I planned for a camping trip with my cousins last time about 2 years ago in order to spend a night at a lake site. We knew exactly what we were up to. So, we prepared for everything by packing all the necessary things from sleeping bags, tents and outdoor cooking supplies to maps, compass, flashlights, extra clothing, lighters, candles and first aid kits. In fact, we had a perfect plan with everything under control except, of course, the weather. Well, we found out just before a day ahead of our scheduled trip that there would be a hailstorm with some heavy rains in the forecast the following day.

So, the new plan (or its lack thereof) was that we would remain indoors the whole day while watching some footballs and movies over some freshly-baked popcorns and cans of cold Coca-Cola on the sides. And, if weather permitting, we possibly could enjoy some grilled barbeque as well.
Well, how I felt about the change? Let’s just say that the weather guy, who had forecasted about a bright and sunny day a week earlier on my TV, wouldn’t exactly be very pleased to know what I “called” him in his absence, only to realize at the end, of course, that the weather guy wasn’t exactly in control of the weather either. However, the worst part of changing the plan was that I was not allowed to enjoy our camping and a great outdoors near a beautiful lake while fishing in it with my cousins, courtesy to the “not-so” cooperative weather. Finally, unpacking my bags and luggage and putting the stuff back in the right places due to the change in the plan was also a bit irritating, to say the least.

But, other than that, I was pretty relaxed, consoling myself, that there always was the next time. So, instead of remaining disappointed, I decided to enjoy my time inside my house with my cousins while planning for our next camping trip except, of course, this time around, we didn’t want to rely on a weather guy for our weather information.

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