IELTS Cue Card: Describe a feature of your personal character

Describe a feature of your personal character

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 199 with Model Answer:

Describe a feature of your personal character that you find important.


You should say:
  • what it is
  • why is it important to you
  • What difference it makes in your life
and explain why it is important 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:
Human beings are subject to imperfection. They will not be perfect despite numerous attempts. This is natural. But they might be able to own some special qualities which make them great. I am humbly proud of my honesty. This is the only feature that I find important in me.

Honesty is a great virtue and everyone is almost known with the saying that honest is the best policy. Yes, undoubtedly the saying is true for all. If people could remain honest during the lifetime, they will be rewarded in the long run. To be frank, I have been enjoying a pleasure that cannot be expressed in language. The honesty inside me leads me to do everything with due sincerity and perfectly. For being honest, I am adored by everyone and especially by my colleagues. Since my early childhood, I have never got involved in any dishonest act and thus everyone respects me.

Honesty is globally respected. In each of the sectors of life, people need honesty. The number of dishonest people is on the rise and thus it has become a rare virtue in the present days. So, when I found that everything is becoming corrupted, I should walk in the opposite track. I got the learning from my parents, especially my dad, a former police official here in Singapore. He advised me to be honest in every sphere of my life and I would be successful. How right he was! By dint of my honesty, I have overcome all of the troubles of my life so far. I have a good job at a local real estate call centre with some standard benefits. My parents, neighbours, colleagues and friends love me. But if I did not own the virtue, I think I would be treated like the other people. Besides, my honesty makes me feel better. I get encouraged from my inner self to perform the works more efficiently. Besides, I am following the advice from my parents. For all these reasons, I think it is important for me.

After adopting the policy to remain honest in the rest of my life, I have gained much. Firstly, I gained the job currently I am performing in, I gained the love of my surrounding and overall the blessing from my parents. I have experienced that the people with dishonesty are shining in their life and life is a luxury for them. But my shabby life is enough for me and I am satisfied with what I earn in honest ways. My neighbour (I do not want to expose his name) once was poor and now he has built a huge residential complex on his land next to ours. But he is not respected in the society as everyone knows that he gained wealth by dishonest means. Even he does not receive the importance as I get as a junior from the others. Honesty has brought a sense of self-dignity to me. I feel glad when people greet me and adore my virtue. I take humble pride in those greetings. This has changed my thoughts about life and living.

Honesty is a divine gift and it is not placed upon anyone. So, I think I am divinely blessed with the virtue. This is a unique feature of mine that has made me popular among everyone. I have got my job only for my honesty. When they asked me about my academic background, I did not hide anything to them though they called for someone with a shiny academic career. Moreover, I am able to impress people with my speeches as I am a trustworthy person to all in my locality. Almost everyone knows me for my feature of not lying. Besides, when I sit at the store with my father - the retired government official, people make crowds in our grocery store to collect their daily necessaries as we always provide the exact measures. No dishonest means are followed here. Honesty has made everything for me. I have a happy family, better career and hopefully a bright future. Everything has been possible for my honesty. Thereby, honesty is truly important to me.