IELTS Cue Card: Exam that was quite important to you

Exam that was quite important to you

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 221 with Model Answer:

Describe an exam that was quite important to you.

You should say:
  • what exam it was
  • how old you were when you sat for that exam
  • how long it took
and explain why it was an important exam for 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:
I am a student of graduate level and passing my third phase of this level in the University of Malaya. I am studying economics here and recently attended on my year ending exam. It was an important exam for me as the failure on the exam will not allow me to get promoted to the next phase.

Bachelor of economics is one of the most sought subjects in the University of Malaya and I am studying the course here for last four years. My final year is going on and by the end of this year, I will complete the course. This course is a bit tougher than the other bachelor course as the course deals with the fundamentals of economics. The course is divided into several phases and the topics turn tougher with the passing of one year or phase. So, in my third phase, it was a bit difficult for me to cross the barriers of the course. The course – Econometrics, was a bit tougher than the other courses and thus the university authority scheduled the course at the last day of the exam. Even, there was a day off for preparation of the course.

Now I am 22 years old and when I appeared on the course last December, I was 21. This is the average age for the Malaysian people to study in the universities. In my early days, people used to admit their kids into elementary schools when they were six or seven years old but now the scenario has been changed. Most of the people admit their kids at an early age when they are four or five. In fact, the citizens of Malaysia are tryi9ng to cope with the advancement of the world and thus they are admitting their children into schools and other educational institutions at an early age so that they could cope up with the changes of the modern life. Often I ponder about the issue and if I could sit for the exam again now, I could have done better in the score. With the passing of time, people become experienced and their mental faculty enriches and expands. So, if I could have sat again for the Econometrics now, I could have answered the questions in more productive manner.

Generally, the bachelor exams are held for four hours at a stretch and Econometrics was not an exception here. The exam was held for four long hours. Since my preparation for the course was not up to the mark, it was difficult for me to answer all the questions. Some of the questions were out of our syllabus and the students created chaos for sometimes with the invigilator present at the exam hall. When the authority acknowledged their mistake and assured that they would provide the marks against the questions, the situation came under control. The exam began again. The exam began at 12.00 pm and ended at 4.00 pm. The entire hours were struggling for me. It appeared that the theory of relativity started working for me. Frequently I was watching at my wristwatch and it appeared that time was not passing. Actually, it happens to everyone when they want the time to pass. At that moment, everything turns slower and the moments are irritating.

The Econometrics exam was important for me in several aspects. Firstly, it was the last exam of the year and if I fail in the exam, I have to retake the course again with my junior batch. This was really a shocking event for me that I would attend the exam with my juniors. Moreover, the failure on the exam will delay my promotion to the next and final level of the graduation. As a result, everything with me will be delayed. If I am late to complete my graduation, I will not be able to start my career early. Currently, the employment situation is Malaysia is well but it takes considerable times to establish someone into any specific position. So, I, in fact, was in a hurry to complete my bachelor of Economics. I did not have spare time with me to spend for the betterment of the course. I was trying to complete my academic activities as early as possible and thus the exam was of great importance to me.