IELTS Cue Card Sample 170 - Describe a success in your life

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

Describe a success in your life.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • when you achieved it
  • how you achieved it

and explain how important this success in your life is/was.


Model Answer 1:
Different people like to define success differently. For example, some would define success as owning a very nice house while others would define it as having a nice job. But, the success story, which I am about to share here today is a bit different because it doesn’t involve any material gains. Rather it is about becoming successful in giving up a particularly bad habit.

Well, of course, some people may not consider giving up smoking a success, but for me, it was a big success. In fact, for a person, who has smoked for more than 10 years, giving up the habit after trying only for a few months was a huge success. However, I didn’t quite have the urge to achieve this success until I became sick about a year ago. In fact, I was suffering from problems like bronchitis and short-breathing so much, because of excessive smoking, that I even needed to go to the hospital a few times within just a period of 6 months.

By the way, the doctor advised me to give up smoking as soon as possible about 5 years ago because of the similar kinds of problems, even though not as serious as the recent illness, but I simply shrugged off the advice. But, apparently, the decision proved out to be very costly later on as I found out that I had done some serious damage to my lung. So, it was time for me to behave like an adult for the sake of my health and stop smoking completely. Initially, of course, I felt very edgy and frustrated because I couldn’t enjoy my favourite thing (that is smoking), but slowly and slowly, I got used to it by keeping myself busy with other things like painting and taking photography.
Anyway, this success was very important in my life as it helped me become a more healthy and productive person. Besides, it also helped me reconnect with my family members like a responsible person. Finally, this success also helped me to save up some money which I was wasting in buying smokes for me.


Sample Answer 2:
The way we look at our success and the way people look at it always differ. We sometimes consider our small and personal achievements are great successes while to others; those might not be counted as successes at all. Thus we judge ourselves in a different angel than people do. However, some successes are exemplary and inspiring. The success that I achieved and would like to talk about is my involvement in a social welfare activity that I greatly feel proud of.

The local authority of our hometown once planned to build a multi-storied shopping mall in a public park. Some of us suddenly noticed that they have started cutting the trees and we later learned that they will build a shopping mall there. We instantly planned to protest if though we knew that it would be complicated issues and we have little power against the powerful authority that has planned to destroy the park and make it a profitable marketplace. We were initially 5-6 persons involved in the protest and we let the community people know about the mischievous plan the authority has taken. Later 20 more people joined our group. We went to the local authority, journalists; police station met local politicians and social workers and presented our view and abhorrent plan the authority has taken. Because of our protests, the tree cutting was halted. Later we found that more community people joined us and news has been published in the local newspapers regarding this issue.

The park was the only green place and recreation centre for the local people. People came there in the morning and evening to walk, run and do other short of social activities. Children enjoyed playing there and some social programs held there. A large number of birds stay at the trees of the park and destroying this park would have been a serious threat to our environment as there were more than 300 different trees there. It was not easy to fight with the powerful authority and we had to struggle a lot for more than 6 months. We finally went to court and got the decree against destroying the park.

This whole event occurred 5 years back when I was a fresh college student. I still consider my involvement to save the part as a great thing I did and being able to save the park and nature is a big success in my life. 


Similar Cue Card Topics

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

  1. Describe an achievement you have.
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  3. Describe a memorable event in your life.
  4. Describe an occasion when you were congratulated.
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