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When you had to do something in a hurry

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 554 with Model Answer:

Describe an occasion when you had to do something in a hurry.

You should say:
  • what you had to do
  • why you had to do this in a hurry
  • how well you did this
and explain how you felt about having to do this in a hurry.

[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:

First of all, thank you for this interesting topic. One memorable occasion when I had to do something in a hurry was when I had to catch a flight to attend an important family event. The situation demanded quick and efficient action to ensure I reached the airport on time and didn't miss the flight. This experience taught me the importance of time management and the ability to handle pressure effectively.

I had to pack my bags, arrange transportation, and reach the airport within a limited timeframe. Additionally, I had to ensure I had all the necessary travel documents, such as my passport and tickets, ready to avoid any last-minute complications.

The reason behind the urgency was that the family event was of great significance, and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to be present and support my loved ones. The event was time-bound, and any delay in reaching my destination would have meant missing out on important moments and valuable time with family members.

Considering the urgency of the situation, I managed to prioritize my tasks and handle them efficiently. I quickly packed my essentials, double-checked my travel documents, and arranged for a taxi to take me to the airport. I kept a close eye on the time and ensured I didn't waste any precious minutes. Thanks to my preparation and swift actions, I reached the airport well before the boarding time and successfully boarded the flight.

While the rush and pressure of doing things in a hurry can be stressful, I felt a sense of determination and focus during this experience. I recognized the importance of the event and understood that time was of the essence. Although there was a bit of anxiety initially, I channelled that energy into ensuring I completed the tasks efficiently. In the end, the satisfaction of making it to the airport on time and being able to attend the family event overshadowed the initial stress.

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