Cue Card Sample

Describe a time when you missed an appointment - Cue Card # 39

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

Describe a time when you missed an appointment.

You should say:

  • when it happened
  • what type of appointment it was
  • what happened when you missed it

and explain how you felt about missing the appointment.


Model Answer:

Missing an appointment can be a frustrating and inconvenient experience. It not only disrupts our plans but also affects the commitments we have made. I vividly recall a time when I missed an important job interview, and it left me feeling disappointed and regretful. Here, I'll share this experience with you.

When it happened:
It was about two years ago when I had scheduled a job interview for a prestigious company. The interview was scheduled for a Monday morning, and I had been eagerly preparing for it for weeks.

What type of appointment it was:
The appointment was a crucial job interview for a position that I had been aspiring to secure. It was an opportunity to showcase my skills, experience, and qualifications to the hiring panel and potentially land my dream job.

What happened when you missed it:
Unfortunately, on that fateful Monday morning, I encountered an unexpected transportation issue. My car had broken down on the way to the interview venue, leaving me stranded on the roadside. Despite my best efforts to find an alternative mode of transportation, I was unable to reach the location on time. By the time I finally managed to reach the venue, the interview panel had already concluded the proceedings, and I had missed my opportunity.

And explain how you felt about missing the appointment:
I felt an overwhelming mix of disappointment, frustration, and regret upon realizing that I had missed the job interview. I had invested a significant amount of time and effort in preparing for this opportunity, and missing it due to circumstances beyond my control was disheartening. The realization that I had let go of a chance to showcase my skills and potentially secure a fulfilling career path left me with a deep sense of regret. Furthermore, I also felt a sense of anxiety and worry about the impact of missing this important appointment on my future prospects. It made me question whether I would ever have another opportunity like this, and I was concerned about the setback it might cause in my professional aspirations. But it was also an opportunity for me to learn as it served as a reminder of the importance of being prepared for unforeseen circumstances and the need to have contingency plans in place.

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