Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 138 - Someone you know who made a wrong decision

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

Describe someone you know who made a wrong decision.

You should say:

  • who the person was
  • what the situation was
  • what decision he/she/they made

and explain why you think it was such a wrong decision.


Model Answer 1:
Life is full of decisions and choices. While some of those decisions turn out to be great, many others turn out to be wrong. Of course, people will argue that it all depends on the situations and perspectives of a person. However, having full respect for this perspective issue, I still think that people have the liberty to judge whether a decision is right or wrong.

Anyway, I would like to talk about a 'wrong decision' made by one of my close friends, who moved to a different city about a few months ago. Of course, there is nothing wrong with moving to a new place if there are some valid reasons for it.  But, as far as my friend was concerned, he was already living in a nice and spacious flat in a rather open area, which was adjacent to a beautiful lake and lots of greeneries. And, if I remember correctly, I never found him to be complaining anything about the residence or place he was living in except some occasional and mild complain that he needed to travel a long distance to arrive at his office and come back home from there. In fact, according to him, spending one hour on the road every day was a bit too much for him, so it was important for him to move close to his work, which, by the way, would be a crowded city and full of pollution. Of course, I tried to convince him not to move because I knew how much he enjoyed nature at his old place. But, he seemed determined on his decision to move close to his job.

I think that moving out of his old place was a wrong decision, primarily because, in my opinion, he always had found the extra energy there to do more things and become more productive there. After all, he was living in a place which was surrounded by some beautiful nature. Besides, moving to a busy city was always going to be more expensive than living in a suburb. But, after all, it was his decision to make whether it was right or wrong.


Sample Answer 2:
My friend Robin made a 'wrong decision' that I still do not support, and sometimes feel sorry for. Robin is one of my friends whom I met in elementary school. After that, he has become one of my closest friends.

He has a natural talent for art and his arts and sketches have been highly praised in different art competitions. I remember him winning the first prize in an art competition when he was only 12 years old, and in this competition, there were many mature competitors from the university level as well. I was a great admirer of his arts and I always knew he would become a great artist someday.

But to my wildest surprise, after he passed the board exam, he got admitted to B.B.A. instead of art faculty. That was indeed shocking news for me and I could not believe it. I thought that he was destined to be a famous artist. Maybe he was persuaded by his relatives and parents to take such a perverse decision. But I always thought it was one of the serious blunders he has ever made.

It was a wrong decision made by him because he has chosen a major which I believe he would not be interested in. He has followed the trend, not his heart and mind! He has not taken this decision wisely and has considered getting a better job instead of nurturing an innate talent he has. Sometimes I think that in the long run, he would regret his decision, and I still find no reason for his making such a wrong decision about his life. Maybe someday I will be proven wrong, which I very much wish for, and he would become a famous entrepreneur! I only wish him success.


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