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:
We have to make a lot of decisions almost regularly to adjust to the changing circumstances of our life. 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 took 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 where 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.

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