IELTS Cue Card Sample 139 - Describe a success you have had when you were young

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

Describe a success you have had when you were young.

You should say:

  • what it was and when it happened
  • why you chose this area of activity
  • how easy or difficult it was to achieve

and explain how important this success was for you.


Model Answer 1:
This is such an interesting topic because it actually has forced me to redefine success. Was I ever really successful as a young person? Well, to tell the truth, I can’t really think of many successes, which I enjoyed, as a young person except just a few. Today, I would like to share with you one such success story.

Anyway, to tell the story, as a young person, especially in my early high school days, I just loved eating all kinds of cakes. In fact, I was eating those cakes, especially the chocolate ones, and wondering how people could make such wonderful and delicious cakes!

Sometimes, I even used to ask myself if I would also ever be able to bake such delicious cake one day while also giving it a try at my home at times despite the vehement objection of my mother. By the way, her strong opposition to my cake baking venture was not misplaced because every time I used to try baking a cake in her kitchen, I would make a complete mess out of her whole kitchen.  

Then, one day, I decided that I would enrol at a culinary school to learn about cake baking. Initially, my parents just laughed off my idea because they thought that it would be just some waste of time. But, I was adamant about perfect cake baking learning techniques and skills. Finally, after attending the culinary school for a good 6 week period of time, I succeeded in becoming a champion in a cake baking competition, organized by the institute. Of course, it wasn’t easy, but I enjoyed every minute of the competition and the associated success.

Anyway, this success was a really important one for me because it was a great confidence-booster for an average student like me. In fact, after that success, I felt that I could do much better at my school. Besides, it also gave me an idea on how to become a successful entrepreneur because, later on, after finishing university, I started a small business also along with continuing my full-time job.


Sample Answer 2:
The success I think I am proud of is my outstanding performance in the board final exam that I attended many years back. I got the highest mark in our locality and because of that I got many congratulations and this success story was reported in the local newspaper.

It was the year 2002 (...say a year that suits you...) when I passed my school board final exam. I can't recall the exact month the result was published but that would be either January or February.

Since this "success" or "achievement" was a part of my academic study and exam, and not related to any extracurricular activity, I would say it happened naturally and I had no involvement in choosing it. To say more specifically, if someone achieves some successes in photography or in art, s/he has some history how and why she came to photography or art, what was the motivation etc. but for me that success was an academic success and I did not have to choose anything. I needed to study attentively, though. I followed a rigid study routine for a couple of years and that helped me achieve this success. I would say that it was easy to achieve as I had a planned routine that I followed and I enjoyed reading my academic lessons. I have devoted a great deal of time reading academic books, reference books, different magazines related to subjects, took note, did group discussions and other activities and all those activities helped me to achieve this success.

This was an important success for me as it highly inspired me to do better in my further academic years. This success gave me the impression that if I can do better, my hard work would be rewarded accordingly and I would be in a better position in my future. Thus this success inspired me to achieve the next success.


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 memorable event in your life.
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  3. Describe a completion you won.
  4. Describe a prize you won.
  5. Describe a skill you have.
  6. Describe a good quality you have.
  7. Describe an achievement in your life.
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