Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 130 - Describe a special occasion in your life

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

Describe a special occasion in your life.

You should say:

  • what it was and where it took place
  • when it occurred
  • who was there

and explain how you felt on this special occasion.


Model Answer 1:
I am usually one of those people who like to remain satisfied with whatever little they have in their possession. So, every little thing I get in my life becomes an occasion of happiness for me. But, today, I would like to talk about an occasion which was no way a small one for me, when I was offered a handsome amount of money (at least “handsome” by my standard and expectation) by my parents to buy a small flat in my little home town about a few years ago.

Again, it was about a few years ago, and I had just managed to save up some money from my job in order to buy a small flat in my hometown. By the way, buying a new flat for me wasn’t exactly a matter of luxury for me. But, I decided to do so because I was living in a rather small flat with my parents, along with my elder brother, his wife and their two grown-up children. So, I felt that if I could move to my own flat, it would allow my entire family a little more space for living comfortably.

Besides, if I could buy that flat, it would also become an asset for me in future. So, I told my parents about my intention, and they happily agreed with me. Of course, I also told them at the same time that I didn’t have enough money to buy the flat, I had chosen.  That was supposed to be the end of the story, but suddenly, a few weeks later, they offered me a paycheck of a big amount of money, in order to help me buy the flat, with the money I had managed to save up before.   

Needless to say, I felt speechless with their act of generosity. In fact, I couldn’t believe that they would offer me their hard-earned money at an old age. But, at the same time, I also felt very happy and proud of my old parents who were still thinking about the well-being and happiness of their children.


Sample Answer 2: 
There are many events and occasions in my life which I treat as important events, and out of those, my admission to the (...say a university name...) was a very special occasion for me. Since the university is located in (...say a city name...) I would say this occasion took place there.

I got admitted to this university in 2014, and I had to compete with hundreds of other students to be accepted. It is one of the most famous universities in our country, and for a single position, more than 25 candidates compete in the entrance exam. 

My future career, profession, economic condition and social status had been shaped to a great extent by this event. If I had been admitted to a different university in a different faculty, things in my life would have been different. That's why I consider this event as a very significant event in my life.

I took the admission test alone when I visited the university for the first time in my life. But, when I came to get admitted to the university, my father was with me. 

As I have already said this was a significant event in my life as it had shaped my future and what I've become as a person. I felt very overwhelmed when I got admitted to this university. I felt proud to be allowed to study there, and my parents were very proud as well. I felt a bit sad that I had to leave my family afterwards but I knew that was for the greater good. I felt that a different part of my life was going to begin, and I was determined to follow the right track to pursue my academic studies and future career.


Similar Cue Card Topics:

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:
  1. Describe a happy memory you have.
  2. Describe a memorable day in your life.
  3. Describe a special event you remember well.
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Thu Giang
Can you send this text through the email for me? Thanks a lot.
Vivek Saini
Excellent approach, brother.