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Something that you have achieved and you are proud of

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 350 with Model Answer:

Describe something that you have achieved and you are proud of.

You should say:
  • what you have achieved
  • when you have achieved it
  • what was difficult about achieving it
and explain why you are proud of this achievement.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]




Model Answer 1:
I have always considered myself an “under-achiever”. Therefore, talking about my achievements doesn’t exactly thrill me much because I just don’t have many of them to talk about. But, I will still go ahead and try to find one to talk about that made me feel proud.

About 7 years ago, learning about computer repairing skills or getting a certification on this important trade skill wasn’t exactly an easy thing in my little old town, where I used to live, because there weren’t just many good IT or technical institutes there to teach the skills on a professional level. Of course, there were some recognized and good institutes in the big cities, but my parents weren’t exactly that much interested to leave me alone in those big cities as they were being a bit too much “protective” about their young son. Complicating my plan to get the certification was also the fact that there weren’t too many good textbooks on the subjects that were written in my native language. So, the only option left for me was to get enrolled at an ‘average’ IT technical institute in my little old town and buying a good textbook on the subject, written in English, if I was to really get a certification.

But, the problem was that my rather “mediocre” English linguistic abilities were not just good enough either to “decipher” all the necessary information by reading a book, written in English. Still, I went ahead and did all the necessary things to finally succeed in achieving my success.

Anyway, I was proud of this achievement, mainly because attending the computer classes during the late evening time, after finishing my regular high school studies and after travelling a distance, could be really physically tiring at times. Besides, I also needed to spend a significant amount of time in trying to find the meaning of many “technical terms” by digging into the dictionary, as my English language skills were not up to the mark back then. So, the whole thing was indeed challenging for me, and that’s why I was so proud of my achievement.



Sample Answer 2:
Before joining as a lecturer in Mathematics at a local college in Spain, I was unable to speak publicly. I felt embarrassed and thought about what people might think if I made mistakes and many more issues. But now, I am a good public speaker and have achieved the quality by lecturing in the classroom in the college.

I joined the college last March. Initially, it was tough for me to adjust to the situation. I was not habituated with the matter of speaking in public. My pupils used to laugh at me. So, I felt ashamed. With the passage of time, I have overcome the matter and now can speak fluently before the public. I can discuss any of the issues (though I do not have much knowledge about everything on the planet).

In the beginning, I felt ashamed. I actually cannot express my state of that time. I only thought about what people would think about the matter if I make any mistake. Besides, I also felt shy and did not have confidence in me. I lost words while speaking. A sense of shyness always hindered my advancement. But when I started lecturing at the college, gradually I developed. Al the hindrances vanished.

I am proud of this achievement because I can speak freely anywhere and at any time. Now, I am confident and can discuss even complex issues. I have learned using my intelligence and my communication skills have grown. Besides, I have also an enriched performance in all the other cases of my life. Considering all the grounds, I am proud of my skill.

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