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When you asked for an extension of time

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 419 with Model Answer:

Describe a time when you asked for an extension of time to complete something.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • what the task was
  • who you asked for the extension in time
and explain why you needed more time to complete it.

[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:
As a university student, I needed to ask for an extension many a time to finish my homework or assignments because of wasting my time in doing unnecessary things. Today, I would like to talk about one of those times when I needed to ask for an extension.

It was during the final year of my university studies when I was struggling to balance my student life and the life outside of it. Yes, my final year at the university was hectic, to say the least, since my course load was a bit too much for me to handle.  Of course, I could delay my graduation a bit, but I didn’t like the idea since I wanted to get out of university as soon as possible and get a good job.

Even though I somehow managed to complete the study and course works for the subjects, which I was taking during my last semester, I was limping with my final year project.

By the way, initially, I didn’t think that my final year project was so difficult or it would take so much of my time, but I was proved dead wrong since I was struggling to prepare just the “definition of terms”, let alone finishing my case study for the project. Of course, I tried to finish the works as quickly as possible, but it wasn’t just easy to apply all of my knowledge that I had learned over the years as a university student. So, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to finish my final year project on time, I had no other option but to ask for an extension from my project supervisor. He granted 2 weeks' extension and that was a big relief for me.

Anyway, I needed to ask for the extension, mainly because I started the project rather late. In fact, I underestimated the level of complexity of my final year project.  I needed the extension also because I needed to spend a lot of time in studying the regular semester courses which were rather difficult.

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