IELTS Cue Card: Describe a prize that you would like to win

Describe a prize that you would like to win

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 236 with Model Answer:

Describe a prize that you would like to win.

You should say:
  • what the prize is for
  • how you know about it
  • what you would have to do to win it
and explain how important it is to you to win this prize.

[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:
Prizes are always inspiring and help people to perform better than the current level. I also dream of receiving a prize for my academic excellence. The prize is known as the President’s Merit Award for academic excellence and distributed among the students who have a high performance on their academic activities.

I am an undergraduate student of architecture at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman , commonly known as UTAR in Malaysia. I am studying Foundation in Arts – Graphic Design, Multimedia and Architecture. Here I am undergoing courses about graphic design, architecture and multimedia. The courses are a bit difficult for me as I am not from the arts background. So, initially, it became difficult for me to get through the courses. But gradually I started understanding them and now I have understood the courses very well than any other students. Thereby, I am planning to get the President’s Merit Award this year and there are chances for me to win the award.

When I got admitted in the university, I did not have any idea about the award at all. Suddenly one day, in my architecture class, the teacher was describing his success and how he got the President’s Merit Award from the same university a couple of years ago. I got interested in the award and asked him to describe in detail. Then he told me and the entire class about the award. This is one of the most prestigious awards for the students and only those students could achieve it who have a higher academic excellence. Besides, he also described the benefits of achieving the award. All of the students in the class were amazed at the description of the award. The president of the country distributes the award among the best students. It is a great chance to meet with the president and also opens the potential of future success. When a student is awarded with the President’s Merit Award, s/ he is respected in the society.

Winning the prize is not a matter of joke. It requires seriousness for the potential candidates. Usually, the students having a strong academic background are eligible for the award. But students who are performing better than the average scores also could apply for the award. But the institution authority confers the award to those who have some outstanding score in their academic activities throughout the academic year. They, in fact, do not need to apply for the award. I think I have to apply for the award as the initial scores of mine are not up to the mark. Thereby, the authority will not select me for the award and instead I have to submit an application. Then I have to study hard to win the prizes. Usually, I waste most of my time on social networking sites and often I go out with my buddies to pass leisure hours. But if I want to win the prize, I have to be sincere with my studies and also have to give up wasting times unnecessarily. I am irregular to my class as well and have also to change the habit. I know, it is difficult for me to change my usual lifestyle, but surely I will do it for the betterment of my future.

I was unaware of the prize but when I came to know about it, I intend to win it. Now it has become important for me. Usually, the President’s Merit Award winners are considered special in everywhere and in the case of career, they are prioritised. To build up a career has become a difficult task in Malaysia for the growing population and migration. I have a plan to establish an architectural firm in the later phase of my life and initially I will learn everything about the subject. If I could get attached to any reputed architectural company, it would help me to move ahead with confidence. But if I do not have any academic distinction, I would lose the eligibility to be hired by any reputed company. Besides, I also need the award to prove my excellence on the subject and having the President’s Merit Award is really a great issue for any student, especially who is non-native in the country. So, considering all the aspects, it is highly important for me to win the President’s Merit Award.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a prize that you would like to win." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards topics as well: 

  • Describe a short term goal you have. 
  • Describe a competition or event when you won something. 
  • Describe something you want to win. 
  • Describe a wish you have. 
  • Describe something you want but have not got yet.