Cue Card Sample

When you went to an event and arrived early - Cue Card # 716

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

Describe a time when you went to an event and arrived early.

You should say:

  • what the event was
  • where it was
  • why you arrived early

and say how you felt about arriving early.

[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:
Some members of my family tell me that I was born late. No, seriously! I mean, my birth was delayed because of some health complication of my dear mother. I guess that’s probably the reason, I arrive late on most occasions despite my best efforts and intention! But, today, I would like to talk about a time when I actually managed to arrive early by overcoming all odds and challenges.

To tell you the story, I will never forget about the day when my dear elder brother was celebrating his 12th wedding anniversary at his home, about a hundred kilometres away from my hometown, because it was on this occasion that I actually managed to arrive at an event early – a lot early.

By the way, even though, my brother is considerably older than me, we always have enjoyed a very special and friendly relationship between us. So, he had threatened me earlier that if I'd arrived at his wedding anniversary late again, he would have simply packed me in a bag and thrown me into a gravity-defying spacecraft so that I could finally gain some “speed” in my life! Of course, it was a joke from my elder brother, but I could probably feel his frustration also a bit because on all the previous occasions, whether he was celebrating his birthdays or wedding anniversaries, I had usually been one of the last people to arrive.

I am not too sure that an elder brother would actually appreciate such callous behaviour from a younger brother like me, whom he loves so much. So, around this time, I took it upon myself as a challenge to arrive early just for the sake of making my elder brother happy.

Anyway, after arriving early, I felt like I was finally coming of age and becoming a responsible person to respect the wishes of my loved ones. I also started to imagine how my elder brother would actually react after seeing me arriving so early. All in all, it was a feeling, worth a million dollars.


Model Answer 2:
One memorable occasion when I arrived early at an event was during a music concert featuring one of my favourite bands. For this fabulous topic, I would like to share this experience with you.

The event was a live concert by a renowned rock band that I had been eagerly anticipating for months. Their performances were known for their energy and charisma, so attending their concert was a much-anticipated experience.

The concert took place at a large amphitheatre in the heart of the city. The venue was known for hosting major music events, and it was the perfect setting for the band's dynamic performance.

Arriving early was a deliberate choice driven by my enthusiasm for the band and the desire to secure a prime spot close to the stage. Knowing that these events tend to draw large crowds, I wanted to ensure a clear and unobstructed view of the stage, allowing me to fully immerse myself in the concert atmosphere.

Arriving early filled me with a mix of excitement and anticipation. As I entered the venue before the majority of the crowd, there was a palpable sense of the upcoming spectacle. Seeing the stage being set up and the musicians doing their sound checks heightened the anticipation. Despite the wait, the prospect of being close to the action and soaking in the energy of the live performance made the early arrival worthwhile.

The feeling of having a great vantage point during the concert, along with the camaraderie of fellow fans who shared the same dedication to arrive early, contributed to the overall positive experience. It was a lesson in the rewards of early preparation, ensuring that I could fully savour every moment of the musical event.

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