Cue Card Sample

A success or an achievement in your life - Cue Card # 682

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

Describe a success or an achievement in your life.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • when did you achieve it
  • what you did to achieve it

and describe how you felt after you achieved 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:
I have read and heard about many success stories of other people, and they made me feel really good and motivated. However, I am not sure if my success story here would make anybody feel good or motivated, but it is still worth giving a good try.

Back in my university years, about 7 years ago, I developed a hobby of “gardening”. I became interested in this hobby also because I wanted to take part in a competition, organized by my own city government, in order to win the “best gardener” award of the year.  Of course, the problem was that gardening required a significant amount of time and efforts to become successful. Starting a new part-time job with good salary unexpectedly, shortly after starting gardening, didn’t help my cause either. But, I just didn’t want to give up on the idea of gardening because I already spent some good money and time in nurturing it.

So, I decided to work on 'better time management' by cutting short on TV watching. Then, I also started to meet my friends a lot less in order to work extra time in gardening. By the way, my garden had at least 15 different kinds of plants, including paper-bark maple, ornamental cherry, Rowans and Japanese dogwood, which required some really good care. In this way, my gardening work had continued for the next year or so when I was finally ready to take part in the competition. And, my “beautiful garden” didn’t disappoint me at all as it helped me achieve the 2nd best award in the “best gardener” competition.

I felt really good after I received the award in the competition, as I wasn’t too sure about the success of my hard work. In fact, after the success, I was convinced that if we really work hard and be patient, the success would come on our way sooner or later. Finally, I also felt really happy and proud because of the fact that my little initiative and success would go a long way to make my city look more green and beautiful.

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