IELTS Cue Card: Describe a special occasion in your life

Describe a special occasion in your life

IELTS Cue Card Question 163 with Model Answer:

Describe a special occasion in your life.

You should say:
  • what the occasion was
  • how you celebrated it
  • who were with you in this occasion
and explain why it was special to you.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
Life is filled with occasions but most of them are ordinary. The event of having an iPhone is very special to me as I bought the device with my own earnings.

I am a college student and work at a call centre here, in Singapore. I live with my family and fortunately, I bear all of my educational expenses. So, it is a bit difficult for me to arrange such a huge sum of money to buy an iPhone. It took over 1000 $ to get the phone. Being a techno-centric teenager, I am fond of the latest electronic gadgets and accordingly try to have those in my collection. Despite my family being wealthy, I prefer to bear all my expenses and consequently did not ask for money to my parents to get the phone. So, when I bought the phone, it was a very special occasion to me.

After buying the phone I made the first phone call to my mom to let her know about the purchase. Then I made the very second call to my father and he was pleased as well about the event. I reached home with some traditional foods and fruits to celebrate the event. I am the youngest member in my entire family and I am learning and earning simultaneously. But working in a call centre as a part-timer is truly a hefty task. The call pressures were unbearable while the number of daysoff were limited. I had to undergo stressful situations. On the other side, it was difficult for me to save money for the phone after all the expenses. It took nearly seven months for me to arrange all the money for this iPhone 6. Besides, my parents were happy that their son has bought the phone with his own expenses. They were, in fact, very proud of me.

When I went home with the iPhone, I was surprised that there were many people to congratulate me. It was not the event that officially I became the owner of an iPhone 6 rather they came to inspire me on my success on saving the money to buy a pricy phone. I found my maternal and paternal uncles, aunties, some my father’s friends, and my grandparents. I actually was amazed at their felicitations for me. All of them praised me highly and blessed me too for the future success. It appeared that I am a kid of six years and they are advising me. I was glad, indeed, for their cordial appreciation to my attempt.

My father is a rich businessman in Singapore and one of the elites in our locality. He can do any legal thing whatever he wants and arranging an iPhone of latest model for his son (me) is a minor issue for a man like him. But I wanted to have the phone with my own earning. I am highly attracted to the electronic gadgets and try to keep in touch with them. But it appears shameful to me to ask for money to parents every time to get the latest version of those gadgets. So, I planned that if I save some money from my daily expense, I could get the iPhone 6 that I have desired for a long. Accordingly, I saved dollars for long seven months and finally my dream came true. I bought the iPhone 6 with my own money, my heard earned money. So, the event was very special to me


Model Answer 2:
Recently, I have completed my graduation from Mills College in Oakland. And it was a special occasion for me indeed. Thank you so much for the question. It reminds me of the hard work that I invested before the exam days. I will describe the events now.

It was the occasion of the graduation ceremony and I was expecting the day from long ago. In fact, I had been waiting for the day for some reasons. Without the graduation certificate, I was unable to apply for a suitable job for me. So, it was necessary for me to get the certificate and I was eagerly waiting for the day to arrive. At last, it came in my life.

I celebrated the day amid great festivity. I went early in the morning at the college wearing a special gown. Usually, the classes began about 8.00am and the examinations were held after a convenient time. But since it was a special day for me, I went so that I can prepare for any other thing. After the certificates were distributed, I took pictures with my friends. When the ceremony was over, I with some of my friends went to have some fun and foods. It was really a remarkable day in my life. To achieve the graduation, I had to undergo lots of sufferings and struggles. Therefore, it was a very special day to me.

The day began with meeting my friends in the college. Later, before the ceremony began, my parents arrived at the venue. The parents of other friends also arrived there. Everyone was happy to attend the graduation ceremony of their wards. So, it was a kind of nice get together too. My parents started socialising with the other parents while some of them appeared to be formerly familiar to my family. I spent my time with my friends as it was a kind of the last meeting with them except the intimate friends.

My graduation ceremony was very special to me for some certain reasons. The most important matter about the ceremony was the declaration of myself as a graduate. With the official declaration from the college, I became a graduate. In fact, I was trying to be self-reliant and seeking job opportunities for myself. But without being a complete graduate, it was not possible to get a full-time job. So, I was eagerly waiting for the day to arrive when I will be declared as a graduate. Besides, it was also the day when all my efforts of past few years were evaluated through the declaration and certificate distribution. Based on all the facts, the day had a special meaning to me. And I am proud to be a graduate.



If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a special occasion in your life." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics as well:
  • Describe something you have recently bought. 
  • Describe a device or tool you own. 
  • Describe something important you own. 
  • Describe something you bought for which you had to save money. 
  • Describe a happy event you can recall. 
  • Talk about a happy moment in your life. 
  • Describe a day you remember well. 
  • Describe something you did that others appreciated. 
  • Describe a technological device or tool you own.