Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 168 - Good news you received on the phone

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

Describe a piece of good news you have received on your phone/mobile phone.

You should say:

  • what the news was
  • when you heard about it
  • who gave you the news

and explain how you felt about this piece of good news.


Model Answer 1:

We all like to hear good news, whether we receive it by mail or phone. Of course, if asked, I would say that receiving a piece of good news over the phone is better than receiving it in the mail because receiving it on the phone makes it feel like more of a “real-time” or live thing. At least, I felt like that when I heard a piece of good news over the phone about a few months ago.

The news was about getting a new job by my nephew. It was certainly good news because my nephew was searching for a job for a considerable period of time after finishing university. But, unfortunately, even though, he was getting a lot of interview calls, no company was actually offering him any good job. Of course, earlier he had got some "jobs-offers" here and there, but he didn’t exactly like those jobs because he was aiming for much better opportunities.

By the way, my nephew is a brilliant student, and he also has some very good grades, so it is only natural for him that he would aim for better opportunities. So, after trying to find a better job for a long time, my nephew got so frustrated that at some point, he actually thought of giving up searching for a job and starting some kind of business. But, as a good uncle, it was only me who was asking him to be a little more patient.

Therefore, when he got a job offer letter from one of the prestigious private companies in my country, he immediately decided to call me over the phone in order to give me the good news when I was away from the town for an important job.

I felt really great about the good news because it would finally give some hope in life to my beloved nephew. I also felt really happy and a little proud of myself because, after all, it was me who convinced my good nephew to wait and keep applying for more jobs when he was growing frustrated and impatient because of not getting a job sooner.


Sample Answer 2:

After finishing my bachelor degree from a reputed university in my country, I applied for several jobs within weeks and went on to face some interviews as well. But, luck was not on my side as I got no final job offer. Three months elapsed this way and I was getting a bit worried and frustrated.

One day, surprisingly, I got a phone call from one of the companies from the HR department and the caller confirmed that I was hired for the job I applied for. It was a junior executive position in a large telecom company in my country and the job came with impressive remuneration and other benefits.

This was a piece of very exciting news for me as I was expecting to get a decent job back then. It was great news to my parents as well who also wanted to see me get a job and become independent.  

I did not know the person who called me at that time but later I found that he was the head of the Human Resources department of the company, and his name was Kane Moore. I completed my bachelor degree early in 2018, and I believe I got the job confirmation call sometime during mid-May in the same year.

Some of my classmates were already doing jobs and I thought I should start a job as well. After I got the job confirmation call, I was very happy, it was one of the most exciting news in years, to be honest. The first job confirmation, in my opinion, is very significant and exhilarating, and I felt no less. I was so glad that I instantly confirmed that I’d be joining the company from the next week. When I shared the news with my parents and sisters, which I did immediately after I got the news, they were very excited as well.


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