Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 118 - A project you worked on in school/college or office

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

Describe a project you worked on in your school/college or office.

You should say:

  •  what the project was
  •  who else was involved in it
  •  how long it took you to complete

and explain what you learned from this project.


Model Answer 1:

During my high school years, I wasn’t exactly very much fond of working on a project.  But, I just didn’t have any other options back then except working on those projects, in order to get some good grades. Today, I would like to talk about one of those projects for this topic.

The project, I want to talk about, was creating an advertising campaign to sell a product in my 10th grade.  Of course, the product could be anything from a popular snack item to an expensive electronic device.  Luckily, I was allowed to work with a few other classmates of mine, otherwise, it would have been really difficult for me to finish the project on my own.

We were supposed to finish the project within two weeks, and I thought that it was a reasonable amount of time to do so. But, when we actually started to work on the projects, it took us about a few days just to argue and come up with the idea of a suitable product.  We eventually decided that we would create an advertisement campaign for selling “lemon juice”.  So, we all started to find information on the health benefits of lemon.  We even kept the lemon juices at different temperatures to discover their true taste.  In fact, we felt that the more information we have about the lemon juice, the easier it would get for us to create an effective advertising campaign.  Finally, once we decided what particular taste of the lemon juice we would try to highlight in our advertising campaign, it didn’t take us more than 10 days to finish creating the campaign.

Anyway, I learned a number of things from working on this project.  The first lesson was that we all would need to work hard to listen to our legitimate arguments, even if they sound very illogical, in order to keep a team spirit alive.  Secondly, I also learned that the communication skills of a person, or how he/she chooses to play with words, can have a tremendous impact on how we are regarded by other people around us.


Sample Answer 2:

I have worked on several projects both in my school and in my office, and out of those, I would like to talk about an "electronic project" that I worked on at my college.  It was a physics project in our final semester, and we had 3 team members for the project. We were asked to create two radio devices with which two persons should be able to clearly communicate within the 300-metre range.

Our physics teacher Mr Newphen gave us the project, and I worked on it with two other classmates from my college.  Our teacher also gave us some advice and tips that helped us make the device work.  He gave us 15 days to finish the project, but after 10 days or so, we noticed that more than half of the task was pending. So we requested our teacher to give us a few more days and he agreed with it. The work took around 22 days for us to complete. After we demonstrated our work to a group of teachers, they appreciated our work.

We had to create two radio devices that would basically be similar to the devices the traffic controlling officers usages.  But our device would have a shorter range and would work within 300 metres.  Another objective was for us to make such two devices at a minimal cost.

We had to work hard to make it work.  I learned so many things from this project like, how to work on a major project with a team, how to reduce the interferences of radiofrequency, how to build quality equipment on a low budget, how to fine-tune a project and so on that later became handy for my university and office projects.


Similar Cue Card Topics:

Your ability to talk about this topic would enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

  1. Describe a group study or project you did in your university.
  2. Describe an assignment you have completed recently.
  3. Describe a time when you were congratulated for something you did.
  4. Describe a time when worked hard to complete something.
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