Cue Card Sample

Describe a decision made by someone you know - Cue Card # 726

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

Describe a decision made by someone you know that changed his/her life.

You should say:

  • who this person is/was
  • what decision he/she made
  • whether it was a good decision

and explain how this has changed this person's life.

[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:
We have to make a lot of decisions almost regularly to adjust to the changing circumstances of our lives. Needless to say, not all of these decisions change our lives the way we expect them to. But, today, I would like to talk about a decision, taken by someone I know, which changed his life as expected.

The person, I am talking about, was none other than one of my cousins. To describe my cousin, the first thing, which I should tell about him, is that I have known him to be a very restless person. In other words, he always used to keep changing his mind. For example, if he liked a certain shirt one day, he wouldn’t like it the very next day. So, my uncle and aunt (the parents of my cousin) were a bit worried about his mind-changing habit because they thought that the habit would affect his future life and career.

But, somewhere deep inside my mind, I knew that my cousin was smart enough to make the right decisions at the right time when it would really matter, and I was proved right by my cousin when he made a decision about moving to a bigger city and stuck to it. Yes, moving to a bigger city was a game-changer and a good decision for my cousin because it was there that he managed to meet a group of brave entrepreneurs. The particular group of entrepreneurs, he met, was involved with different kinds of export and import business. As, my cousin started to do business with them with his rather limited capital, soon thereafter, he began to make a lot of profits. In fact, he became a millionaire within a few years.

Well, moving to a bigger city has changed the life of my cousin because he finally found what he liked, and he liked making money from honest businesses. Besides, the decision also made him a more thoughtful and responsible person, which was missing from his life, when he was living with his parents in a small city. All in all, I am happy that my cousin took that life-changing decision.


Model Answer 2:
The decision-making process often serves as a turning point in one's life, and an exemplary case within my family is the bold move made by my younger uncle, Mark, who decided to embark on a life-altering journey by migrating to the United Kingdom. For this nice topic, I would like to tell you the story.

Mark, the youngest of my uncles, had been at a crossroads in his life. Faced with limited opportunities in his home country, he took the courageous step of applying for a work visa in the United Kingdom. This decision was prompted by a desire for personal growth, better career prospects, and a chance to experience a different culture.

In hindsight, Mark's decision to migrate has proven to be highly beneficial. The move opened up a myriad of opportunities that were previously inaccessible. He secured a challenging job in his field, met people from diverse backgrounds, and developed a global perspective. Moreover, the exposure to a different work culture and lifestyle has broadened his horizons, fostering personal development.

The decision to migrate has fundamentally transformed Mark's life. Professionally, he has ascended the career ladder, showcasing the success that can follow when one takes a calculated risk. Personally, the exposure to a different way of life has instilled in him a sense of independence and adaptability. Mark's decision not only changed the course of his life but also served as an inspiration for others in our family to pursue opportunities beyond familiar borders.

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