IELTS Cue Cards


Describe a rule you had to obey when you were at school.

You should say:
  • what the rule was
  • if you agreed with the rule
  • why the rule existed
and explain what happened if students broke the rule.

Follow up question: How important is it that all students follow the rules at school? Why?


Sample Answer


Talk about a married couple you know well, who inspire you.

You should say:
  • who they are
  • how you know them
  • why they inspire you
and say what you think their secret to a happy marriage is.


Talk about a well-paid job that you think you would be good at.

You should say:
  • what the job is
  • what qualifications are required
  • why you would be good at it
and say if you think there would be any other benefits.


SAMPLE ANSWER


Describe your favourite building in your city / country.

You should say:
  • where it is located
  • why you like it
  • what it looks like
and explain what you can do / see there.


Sample Answer


Describe a garden or park you have spent some time in recently.

You should say:
  • what you did there
  • why you went there
  • what you liked most about it
and say how you first discovered this place.


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Describe an experience you had with foreign food.

You should say:
  • when you first ate it
  • where you ate this food
  • how you felt about it
and say if you liked or disliked it.


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Talk about time when you were very busy in your life.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • what you did
  • where you were
and say if you enjoyed that part of your life.


Describe a time when you had to arrive early for an event.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • what time you arrived
  • why you had to arrive early
and explain how you felt about the event.

Describe a time when you received something free.

You should say:
  • what it was
  • when and where you got it
  • why you got it
and explain how you felt about it.

Describe your favourite item of clothing.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • where you got it
  • how often you wear it
and explain why it is your favourite.

Describe an English lesson you had that you liked.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • what it was about
  • what happened
and explain why you liked it.

Describe a plan you have, but haven't done yet.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • when you plan to do it
  • why you want to do it
and explain why you haven’t done it yet.

Describe a work of art that you have seen and like.

You should say:
  • when and where you first saw it
  • what it looks like
  • why you like it
and explain how it makes you feel.

Describe a TV series you like.

You should say:
  • which TV series it is
  • who the main characters are
  • what the plot is
and explain what you like most about it.

Describe a couple you know who have a happy marriage.

You should say:
  • who they are
  • how you know them
  • what they usually do together
and explain how you feel about their marriage.

Describe an occasion when you bought a special cake.

You should say:
  • what the occasion was
  • why you bought the cake
  • who you ate it with
and explain why the cake was special.

Describe an invention that has changed people’s life.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • who invented it
  • when it was invented
and explain how it has changed people’s life.

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