Cue Card Sample

An important piece of news you received via text message - Cue Card # 720

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

Describe an important piece of news that you received via text message.

You should say:

  • who shared the message with you
  • what the news was about
  • how it was written

and explain why the news was important to you.

[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 never really been much of a fan of reading any text message on my mobile phone, mainly because more than 80% of the text messages seem to be delivered, on my mobile, at least, for advertising purpose. But, today, I would like to talk about an important text message, which I received about a couple of years ago when I was away from my home.

As I have just mentioned above, when I received the message, I was away from my home, enjoying my vacation in a different city. So, I wasn’t expecting any message from my work, at least. In fact, I wasn’t expecting any kinds of messages from anybody whether they were important or not. But, when I got the message from my boss – I mean my Managing Director – I wasn’t exactly very thrilled about it, to say in the least. But, after all, that was a message from my boss, and I just couldn’t ignore it, no matter how much I disliked it.

So, I decided to read the message. But, after reading it, I couldn’t really make much of the message since all it said was “a surprise is waiting for you”. So, I decided to call my boss and sought some clarification about the text message. In response, my boss sounded very happy on the other end and told me that I was getting transferred to another department after getting a promotion.

Initially, after hearing the news, I thought that my boss was joking with me since he had a habit of cracking jokes at his subordinates from time to time, but that time, he made it clear that he wasn’t making any joke.

Anyway, the message was really important for me because the promotion was long overdue. In fact, I was even thinking about quitting from the company if I didn’t get the promotion after working at the same company really hard for more than 6 years. Besides, the message was important to me also because it showed that my boss indeed cared for my career future by transferring me to a department where I had always wanted to be.

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