Cue Card Sample

When you got up very early in the morning - Cue Card # 746

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

Describe a time when you got up very early in the morning.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • why you got up so early in the morning
  • what you did

and explain how you felt about getting up so early in the morning.

[Instruction: 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 am one of those people who could neither be considered an "early bird" nor a "night owl". I usually sleep before midnight and wake up at around 8:00 in the morning. However, this topic suggests that I talk about a day when I woke up unusually early in the morning. I will share my experience with you now.

It was approximately 7 or 8 months ago - in the middle of March, and I was all set to visit Malaysia for the first time in my life. I had a flight to catch that day at 9:00 am - (I presume it was Tuesday). 

However, considering the traffic congestion in the morning hours, and the required time for the security check and boarding procedures at the airport, one of my colleagues suggested that I should reach the airport well before 7:00 in the morning. So I decided to leave my home before 5:00 am since the airport was at least one hour's travel from my place. So I set the alarm at 3:45 in the morning to have enough time to get ready, call a taxi and then reach the airport in time. 

When the alarm went off on my mobile phone, I could not believe that it was already 3:45 am as it seemed to me that I had slept for barely an hour or so! However, I quickly woke up, took a shower, got dressed up and checked my luggage and papers for the last time. I then hailed a taxi and started to move towards the airport. On my way to the airport, I first called my parents, and then a colleague who was also travelling with me. I reached the airport at around 6:40 am.

I was very excited that I was travelling to a new country, and the anticipation of new experiences thrilled me a lot. Waking up very early was a bit tiresome as I could not go to bed before 1:00 at night. I felt sleepy initially, but after I took a refreshing shower, it was all gone. On my way to the airport, I enjoyed the freshness and serenity of the city, and the empty streets seemed quite unknown to me even though I had travelled to this same route many times before. The same city revealed a different outlook just because it was very early in the morning, and it was a great experience - I would say.

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David Walton

...and explain how you felt about getting up such early in the morning.

...such early or so early???