Cue Card Sample

Describe a time when you moved to a new school - Cue Card # 703

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

Describe a time when you moved to a new school.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • why you moved to a new school
  • how old you were then

and explain how you felt 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:
Not sure how many of us really needed to move to new schools, when growing up as a child, but I needed to do so a few times because of my father’s profession. Today, I would like to talk about one of those few times when I moved to a new school.

It happened about 12 years ago when I was about 14 years old and was attending my 8th grade. Back then, we, together with my parents and the siblings, all moved to a nice little town because my father got promoted in his job.

Initially, I wasn’t really sure whether to like the new place or not. But, after a few days, I started to tell myself that it wasn’t exactly a bad place to live. However, when it came to getting admission to my new high school, I felt really shocked because of the fact that the staff members were not exactly as helpful as my previous school. In fact, I had to go to my new high school a couple of times just to get an admission. However, when I actually started my classes, I found out that my fellow classmates were rather nice and helpful. In fact, the class captain ordered all the students to introduce themselves to me. This particular good gesture on the part of my fellow classmates actually helped me get over the initial shock of starting my new high school.

Slowly after that, I started to like my new school and its environment. Even the staff members and teachers started to recognize me as I started to perform well in my class.

Frankly speaking, moving to this new high school was a bit shocking experience initially for me as I wasn’t exactly treated very nicely. But, I kept telling myself to be patient. I also realized that in life, things don’t always turn out to be the way we expect and that we should always remain positive in life if we really want to improvise and succeed in life.


Model Answer 2:
Reflecting on my transition to a new school brings back a mix of emotions—a blend of excitement, apprehension, and anticipation. This pivotal moment marked the beginning of a new chapter in my academic journey, shaping my experiences and perspectives in profound ways. I would like to thank you for this nice topic and the opportunity to let me talk about a time when I moved to a new school.

The transition to a new school occurred during my early adolescence when I was around 12 years old. My family relocated to a different city due to my father's job transfer, necessitating a change in schools. While the move brought with it the promise of new opportunities and adventures, it also meant leaving behind familiar surroundings, friends, and routines.

The decision to move to a new school was primarily driven by my father's career advancement and the need to accommodate our family's changing circumstances. Despite the challenges posed by uprooting our lives and starting anew in an unfamiliar environment, my parents emphasized the importance of embracing change and seizing the opportunities that lay ahead.

As a pre-teen grappling with the prospect of adjusting to a new school and forging new friendships, I experienced a whirlwind of emotions. There was a palpable sense of excitement at the prospect of exploring a different educational setting and meeting new classmates. However, this was tempered by feelings of nervousness and uncertainty about fitting in and adapting to unfamiliar surroundings.

In retrospect, the experience of moving to a new school proved to be a formative period of personal and academic development. It taught me resilience, adaptability, and the importance of embracing change as an integral part of life's journey.

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