Cue Card Sample

Describe a prize you want to win - Cue Card # 672

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

Describe a prize you want to win.

You should say:

  • what prize it is
  • what you will need to do to win it
  • how easy or difficult it would be

and explain why you want to win that prize.

[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:

If my memory serves me well, I won something for the last time during my high school years because of writing an awesome essay. It was just a book that I won, but it meant quite “something special” to me. Now, that I have entered work life, I guess I am not really as competitive as I used to be when I was in high school. But, winning an “employee of the month” award at least at my work wouldn’t be such a bad thing after all, in my opinion.

I haven’t started my current job for too long, but I already like some initiatives there to encourage its employees to perform well. One such initiative is giving awards to its best employees every month for hitting certain performance benchmarks.

Of course, achieving these benchmarks is not really easy as they involve following certain difficult work guidelines which include finishing a certain number of projects/tasks every day before the closing of the workday without working any overtime, maintaining “zero” late attendance the entire month, collaborating with other departments for a certain number of hours every week, and not taking any day off unless there are very valid reasons and emergency situations.

I want to win the prize mainly because I want to become a valuable and reliable staff of my company so that I am considered for a bigger role in my company. And, bigger role, of course, would most likely mean having better opportunity to learn something new and greater financial advantages. Besides, I want to win this prize also because it would help me boost my confidence so that I am able to grow, not only in my professional life but also in my personal life. Finally, I want to win the prize also because I want to be considered as a role model for my children some times in the future in order to show them that success and fulfilling our dreams are always possible if we can work hard.

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