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Describe a dream you remember well

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 319 with Model Answer:

Describe a dream you remember well.

You should say:
  • what type of dream it was
  • what you thought about this dream
  • how you felt about the dream

and explain why you remember this dream so well.

[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:
A couple of months ago, I had a dream at night, and it was about missing a train that I was supposed to catch. It could have been a banal dream, just like other dreams that I dream and forget, but since I thought about it deeply and tried to relate it with my life, I thought it meant something. It was a kind of dream that gives you a feeling that it was almost real.

I felt that the dream was something indicative to me because I could remember every detail of the dream and tried to find the reason for it. But I could not get the meaning right. Later I thought that it could be a sign of my negligence to study properly. I thought so because I believe that dreams are often reflections of our thoughts and actions. As it bothered me a bit, I started focusing on my academic studies more seriously as I wanted to make my parents proud as well as score high in my final exam.

It was a kind of mixed feeling for me as I thought about the dream. In fact, for the past few months, I had not been concentrating on my academic studies as seriously as I should have. So, when I had the dream, I started feeling guilty. It was my subconscious mind that told me to concentrate more on my academic studies to reach my goal.

In the dream, I saw that I missed my train as I was a bit late to reach the station. As soon as I reached the station, the train started its engine and began to move. I tried to catch the train, ran for a while but could not get close. In the dream, the event gave me a melancholy feeling as I was supposed to take that train and go to a place where my presence was important. Since it was a very lucid dream and made me thought about it a lot, I still remember it clearly.

Model Answer 2:
Thank you very much for this interesting candidate task card topic. A couple of months ago, I had a dream, and I cannot term it a good dream. In fact, it was a very bad dream. It was about the death of a dear friend whom I like a lot. However, it was merely a dream, nothing more than that.

When I woke up in the morning, I felt really sad. I felt a sense of emptiness inside me even though the feeling remained just for a minute or so. It was like a nightmare to me and I felt a rush to drink a lot of water as I was thirsty. I also thought about our life and death and that was a bit melancholic for me. However, I recovered soon and tried to think rationally. Next morning, I called this friend and I was relieved to hear his voice. This assured me that I had nothing to worry about.

I had experienced some bad events including the death of two relatives before I had this dream. So, I guess, I had been thinking about our life and death back then, and the dream was a result of these thoughts. Moreover, I was a bit depressed back then. So, my subconscious mind clutched the matter, and accordingly, the event appeared in my dream.

This is not the type of dream I often experience. The clarity and experience of the dream seemed so real. I was caged with sadness and could not sleep well the whole night; it was such impactful. Also, it all happened during a time when I was not having a good time. It made things worse, I believe. For all these reasons, I can still remember it so well.

Idea generation for this Cue Card topic:

"Describe a dream you remember well." 

Dreaming is natural for us, and people often dream when they are asleep. So, the way to answer this cue card task and the response might be different for each individual. Just try to remember something you dreamed of and describe it here. Describe as if you are telling a story to someone you know.

Here are some of the hints for the IELTS test takers to answer this cue card topic in other ways.

1. I can clearly remember a dream in which I was the king of a large kingdom. It was a strange and unique dream as I had never witnessed anything like that in my dream before. I guess I experienced the dream because back then I read a couple of storybooks in which the main characters were kings, queens and such powerful persons. I thoroughly enjoyed being the king in my dream. But alas! it was merely a dream.

2. I fell in love with a beautiful lady whom I admired so much. She also was deeply and madly in love with me. Gradually we got married and had a happy family with a couple of kids. Suddenly I was petrified that the house I used to live in was empty, and all of them were suddenly gone! I was shocked and so sad. I could not find them anywhere. Then I woke up to realise that it was just a dream!

3. I usually don't dream about my exams and college, but the other day, I had a wonderful dream just about it. In real life, I am not so good at Physics, but in my dream, I found that I scored the highest mark in college and won a prize for that. Everyone was congratulating me on my brilliant success. I also could not believe it. Suddenly I came to reality and realized that I was dreaming. I wish it was true in my real life as well! 

4. I had a nightmare last week, and it was about terrible-looking dogs that were chasing me and trying to bite me. I am afraid of dogs and try to keep away from them as I had a frightening experience with the dog-bite in my early childhood. In the dream, I was running to save my life but I could not run fast. I felt so helpless in the dream. The situation and the experience were horrific. Finally, I woke up from sleep and found myself sweating profoundly.

5. I went on a nice trip with my friends to a great location in Bali, Indonesia. We had camped there and did many enjoyable activities. Everyone present there was glad and had a remarkable trip indeed. But it was just a dream that I still remember. I have shared this dream with a couple of my close friends and they have agreed that we will make this trip to Bali someday, just the way it was in my dream.

6. Thank God for saving my life as I was driving a car over 140 km per hour, and found that the brake of the car was not working. Luckily it was just a dream. It was almost impossible for me to stop the car in my dream no matter what I did, and whichever tricks I tried. After the dream was over, I realized that I had been playing the racing game a bit longer than I should have!

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