IELTS Cue Card: Recent Cue Card Topics

Recent Cue Card Topics

The following Cue card topics are taken from the recent IELTS exams. It will help you to get an idea about the recently asked Cue Card Topics in the IELTS test. For the answer of any Cue card, click on the link provided below the topic. We would love to hear from recent IELTS test takers. If you have recently taken IELTS test, please add the Cue Card topic you were given in your exam in the comment section. We believe that Sharing is Caring!

Describe a prize you have won.

You should say:
  • what it was
  • what you had to do to win it
  • how many other competitors were there
and explain how you felt after winning it.
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Talk about something you were disappointed about.

You should say:
  • what it was about
  • when it happened
  • why it disappointed you
and explain how you felt about it.
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Describe a national day in your country.

You should say:
  • what day it is
  • how it is celebrated
  • what the historical significance of this day is
and explain how you feel about this day.
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Describe an interesting place in your home town.


You should say:
  • what it is
  • where it is
  • what it is famous for
and explain why this place is interesting in your opinion.
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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.
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Describe a rule you did not like in school.

You should say:
  • what it was
  • how others thought about this rule
  • have you ever violated this rule
and explain why you did not like this rule.
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Describe a difficult choice you had to make in your life.

You should say:
  • what it was
  • when you had to make it
  • how if affected your life
and explain why this was a difficult choice to make.
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Describe a garden you remember visiting.

You should say:
  • where it is
  • what it looks like
  • what people usually do there
and explain why you remember it.
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Describe a television programme you watched and did not enjoy.

You should say:
- what this TV programme was
- where and when you watched it
- what it was about

and explain why you did not enjoy it.
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Describe a day when you thought the weather was perfect.

You should say:
- where you were on this day
- what the weather was like on this day
- what you did during the day

and explain why you thought the weather was perfect on this day.
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Describe a writer you would like to meet.

You should say:
  • who the writer is
  • what you know about this writer already
  • what you would like to find out about him/her
and explain why you would like to meet this writer.
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Describe a festival that is important in your country.

You should say:
  • when the festival is celebrated
  • what people do during this festival
  • what you like or dislike about it
and explain why this festival is important in your country.
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Describe a time when you forgot something important.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • what you forgot
  • how you managed the situation
and explain how you felt about it.
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Describe a person who likes to travel by plane.

You should say:
  • who this person is
  • how you know this person
  • where this person travels to
and explain why this person likes to travel by plane.
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Describe a long walk you ever had.

You should say:
  • when this happened
  • where you walked
  • who you were with
and explain how you felt about this long walk.
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Describe an unforgettable advertisement (that you saw or heard).

You should say:
  • what kind of advertisement it was
  • what the content of the advertisement were (or what product or service was advertised)
  • where you saw or heard it
and explain why you think this is an unforgettable advertisement.
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Describe an important historical event in your country.

You should say:
  • when it happened
  • what happened
  • who the most important people involved were
and say why it is important to the history of your country.
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Talk about an important day in your life.

You should say:
  • when this day was
  • where you were and what happened
  • if you were alone or with others
and explain why this day was important to you.
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Describe an historical place you have been to.

You should say:
  • what kind of place it is
  • what it looks like
  • where it is
and explain how the place is related to history.
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Describe a house or apartment you want to live in.

You should say:
  • what it would look like
  • where it would be located
  • what facilities this would have
and explain why you want to live there.
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Talk about something you or someone you know collects.

You should say:
  • what you or this person collects
  • how the collection is stored
  • how quickly the collection is growing
and say what kind of person would enjoy collecting that thing, and why?
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Describe something enjoyable you can do on a computer.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • what equipment or software you need to do that
  • why and how often you do it
and explain why you enjoy doing this on a computer.
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Talk about a musical instrument you would like to be able to play.

You should say:
  • what musical instrument it is
  • what it looks like
  • what it sounds like
and explain why you would like to be able to play it.
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Describe your favourite place to eat out.

You should say:
  • where it is
  • what kind of food is serves
  • what the decor is like
and explain why it is your favourite place to eat out.
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Talk about something you like doing during the winter.

You should say:
  • what you do
  • where you do it
  • what clothes or equipment you need
And explain why you like doing it during the winter.
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Talk about a sport or exercise that you do for fitness.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • wow often you do it
  • why you do it
and explain how this activity or sport helps your fitness.
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Describe a situation when you were late.

You should say:
  • what the event was you were late for
  • what the reason was for being late
  • how you felt about it
and explain how you managed even after being late.
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Describe a person who you believe dresses well.

You should say:
  • who this person is
  • what kind of dresses he/she wears
  • how you know him/her
an explain why you think this person dresses well.
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Describe a place that has a special meaning to you.

You should say:
  • what kind of place it is
  • where it is
  • what it looks like
and explain why this place has a special meaning to you.
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Talk about a part of your city that is changing.

You should say:
  • where it is
  • how  it is changing
  • why it is changing
and describe how you feel about the change.
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Describe a TV or radio presenter you like.

You should say:
  • what program he/she presents
  • how often you watch/ listen to him/her
  • what s/he does or talk about
and explain why you like this TV or radio presenter.
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Describe a decision which you have made that you feel was wrong.

You should say:
  • what the decision was and why you made that decision
  • how long it took to realize that it was a wrong decision
  • why you think it was a wrong decision you made
and explain how you would alter that decision if you could.
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Describe your favourite means of transport.

You should say:
  • what is it
  • when and how often you use it
  • why you use it
And explain why it is your favourite transport.
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Describe your ideal home or place to live.

You should say:
  • where it would be
  • how big it would be
  • what it would contain
And explain why this kind of accommodation would attract you so much.
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Describe an item of clothing you purchased that you didn’t like.

You should say:
  • what the clothing is
  • where and why you bought it
  • what color and style it is
and explain why you didn’t like it.
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Describe an important decision you have made.

You should say:
  • what it was
  • why you made it and how important it was
  • whether it was a good decision or not
And explain what effect that decision had on you.
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Describe someone you know who is a good teacher.

You should say:
  • who this person is
  • how you know him/her
  • what kinds of subjects they teach
and explain why this person is good at teaching.
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Describe a photograph you have taken yourself which you particularly like.

You should say:
  • what the picture show
  • when you took it
  • why you took it
And explain why you particularly like this photograph.
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Describe an important technological advancement in your country.

You should say: 
  • what it is
  • how it happened
  • how long it took
And explain what effect it has had on people in your country.
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Describe your favourite way to relax.

You should say: 
  • what is it
  • how effective it is for you
  • when and how you relax.
and explain why you like this way of relaxation.
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Describe a relative/ friend/ family member who you think is similar to you.

You should say: 
  • who is he/ she
  • what he /she does
  • what others think about him / her
and explain how he/ she is similar to you.
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Describe an app you use in your mobile phone.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • how you use it
  • what benefits do you get
and explain why this mobile app is important to you.

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Describe a time that you and your friend had a disagreement.


You should say:
  • when this happened
  • who you disagreed with
  • what you and your friend argued about
and if you two solved the disagreement in the end.

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Describe a photograph you have taken yourself which you particularly like.

You should say:
  • what the picture show
  • when you took it
  • why you took it
And explain why you particularly like this photograph.
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Describe a situation when you had to be nice to someone you dislike.

You should say:
  • who this person was
  • why you do not like him/her
  • what happened
and why you still had to be nice to him/her.

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Describe someone you know who is a good teacher.

You should say:
  • who this person is
  • how you know him/her
  • what kinds of subjects they teach
and explain why this person is good at teaching.
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Describe a time when you got lost.

You should say: 
  • when and where it happened
  • who was there with you
  • how you felt when you got lost
and explain how you eventually found your way.
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Describe a job you would like to have.

You should say: 
  • what it is
  • why you would like to have this job
  • what skills you will need to do this job
and explain why you want to have this job.
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Describe something kind that someone did for you.

You should say: 
  • who this person was
  • where and when it happened
  • what s/he did for you
and explain how you felt about it.
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Describe a place you went to which was full of colours.

You should say: 
  • where it was
  • why you went there
  • what you did there
and explain why you think that place was made so colourful.
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Describe an unusual building you have visited.

You should say: 
  • where it is
  • what it is used for
  • what it looks like
and explain why you think it is unusual.
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Something you borrowed from your friends or family.

You should say: 
  • what it was
  • when you borrowed it and from whom
  • why you borrowed it
and explain why it was important for you to borrow it.
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Describe an important social change in your country.

You should say: 
  • what it was
  • how it happened
  • how long it took
and explain the effect it has had on people in your country.
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