Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 202- Describe an important message you received

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

Describe an important message you have ever received.

You should say:

  • when you received this message
  • who sent it to you
  • what was the content of the message

and explain why it was so important to you.


Model Answer 1:
We are constantly being bombarded with different kinds of messages in the form of emails and SMS, important or not-so-important, every day whether we like them or not. While some of those messages make us feel happy, the others sadden and demoralize us. Today, I would like to talk about one such important message, which I received about 5 years ago, that made me truly happy.

Again, it was about 5 years ago, and I had just finished my four years honours course in Management Information System from the university. So, naturally, the next course of action for me was to get enrolled at the university again and finish my post-graduation degree. But, the problem was that the results in my undergraduate degree were not good enough to seek further education as a post-graduate student at the same university except, of course, I had at least a couple of years of previous work experience at a pharmaceutical company.

So, the only option left for me was to “pray” in order to get listed on the "waiting list", for students like me to receive admission offers from the authority at a later time, should somebody change the “Management Information System” major and transfer to another faculty or department. So, anyway, my waiting period started, and all I could do was to pray for a call from my university authority. Luckily enough, I did receive a formal message in an email, a couple of weeks after the initial trouble, inviting me to get enrolled at my university to carry on my Master's degree in Management Information System.

The message was certainly important for me as it pretty much decided the course of my life and career for many years to come, by helping me become the person I am today, as I could not possibly excel academically as much in other educational fields as in the subject of my choice. Besides, it helped me stay in my home town and carry on with my higher education by remaining close to my elderly parents, which was absolutely important for me and my family.


Model Answer 2: 
With the wide-spread use of the cell phone, pager and the Internet, the message we send and receive has become an important part of our communication and we often get very important messages through those devices. One such important message that I received from one of my classmates, who informed me that our exam schedule has been revised and I would need to come from my hometown immediately to attend the exam. 

It was probably 2015 when I was a student in the 7th semester at my university, and one day we saw an announcement on the university notice board that due to unavoidable reasons the final exam would be postponed. It also mentioned that it would be around 7-8 days that the university would remain closed. Since this was a long gap, I planned to visit my hometown and went there the next day. I planned to stay there for about 5-6 days and then return to the capital city to attend my exam.

One day I got a message from one of my classmates, his/her name was David/Laura, and the message informed me that the university has opened all of a sudden and the exam would be from the next day! I was really confused and called him/her instantly and heard that this was a decision taken by the university, and the university has notified every student of this sudden change. He/she also told me that he/she tried to call me several times and my cell phone was turned off!

Then I realised that the university authority could not reach my phone because of the network problem, but the "text" from my classmate reached my phone. This was a very important message that I received since it informed me about a very important issue related to my exam schedule. If I had not got the message, there was a good chance that I would have missed the exam and that would have been a big problem for me.  

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