Cue Card Sample

Describe an important day in your life - Cue Card # 818

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

[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand over to you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]

Describe an important day in your life.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • what happened on that day
  • how it affected you

and explain why this was an important day in your life.

[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.]

[Examiner: All right? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don't worry if I stop you. I'll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now, please?]

Model Answer 1:
I am a regular person, and therefore, most of the time, I just don’t know how my days usually start and how they end unless, of course, something really important happens. And it is these special things that make a day important for us, and today, I would like to talk about one such day when something really special happened.

It was exactly 6 years, 3 months and 5 days ago from today, and I remember this particular day hour by hour.  The time was 7:30 am on the clock when I received a call from my brother-in-law, married to my elder sister. After receiving that call, I needed to rush to a nearby general hospital, apparently because my sister was going to have her first child. I wasn’t exactly surprised to receive that news, but what made me a bit surprised was that the call had come at least 4/5 days earlier, meaning my sister wasn’t “due” until after another 4/5 days. Be that as it may, I rushed to the hospital on my old motorbike, immediately after getting the news. But, by the time I actually arrived there after 40 minutes or so, after beating the morning traffic rush on the road, I found my sister happily staring at her handsome baby boy, laying by her side!

And when I saw my sister like that, I felt like a miracle had taken place right in front of my eyes because even an hour ago or so, I used to treat her just like a normal woman, but an hour later, I needed to respect her as a mother because she successfully had brought a new life into this world!

Anyway, it was indeed an important day in my life because it was on that day that my loving family had become bigger with the addition of a very special member to make us even happier! The day was important also because it was on this day that I needed to redefine my role and behaviour as another person, and that person was to be an “uncle”!

Model Answer 2:

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about an important day in my life. In fact, there have been several significant days in my life, but one particular day that stands out is my graduation day. For this topic, I am going to talk about that day.

When it was:
It was a sunny day in June, and it was the day of my college graduation in 2019. I had been waiting for this day for four long years, and it was finally here.

What happened on that day:
On that day, I graduated from college with a degree in Computer Science. I remember walking down the aisle to receive my degree, wearing my cap and gown, and feeling an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment. My parents, siblings, and close friends were there to witness the ceremony and cheer me on.

How it affected you:
This day had a significant impact on my life as it marked the culmination of four years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. It was a day that reminded me of the importance of setting goals, working hard to achieve them, and never giving up on your dreams.

And explain why it was an important day in your life:
This was an important day in my life as it not only marked the end of my college education but also marked the beginning of a new chapter in my life. It gave me a sense of accomplishment and confidence that I could take on any challenge that life may throw my way. It was also a day that I will always remember fondly and look back on with pride and happiness.

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