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When you started using a new technological device

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 393 with Model Answer:
Describe a time when you started using a new technological device (e.g. a new computer or phone).You should say:
what device you started using
why you started using this devicehow easy or difficult it was to useand explain how helpful this device was to you.
[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:
I have a habit of checking up on the latest technologies from time to time in order to just keep myself informed. Of course, not that I find all types of technologies useful, as far as my needs are concerned, but when I came to know about “digital security system” about a few years ago, I thought that I could surely use that technology to protect my home someday when I buy my own home.

But, for better or worse, I didn’t really need to wait for my own home in order to use that technology as …

Something you liked which you bought for home

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 385 with Model Answer:
Describe something you liked very much which you bought for your home.You should say:
what you boughtwhen and where you bought itwhy you chose this particular thingand explain why you liked it so much.

[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:

I have never really been one of those “family” persons who understand the household need of a family, especially, when it comes to buying anything. But, still, I take my chances and buy things from time to time, just like I did about a few months ago, which I not only liked but also, I think, made my “fussy” mother proud.

This thing, which I really liked and still like very much now, is a sandwich maker machine. Now, I don’t really think that the idea of buying a sandwich maker would ever come to me if I hadn’t visited a very popular tourist spo…

Describe a website you use

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 367 with Model Answer:
Describe a website you use that helps you a lot in your work or studies.You should say:
what the website ishow often you use this websitewhat information the website gives youand explain how your work or studies would change if this website didn't exist.

[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: 
We should absolutely thank Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist at CERN, for inventing the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989. But, we should also be equally thankful to the websites like “youtube.com” which have made the efforts of people like Tim Berners-Lee even more revolutionizing and remarkable. But, here, I would like to talk about youtube.com, saving Mr Tim Berners for another time.

Talking about youtube.com, it is one of the most popular video search engines in today’s world which attr…

A piece of clothing that you received as a gift

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 365 with Model Answer:
Describe a piece of clothing that you received as a gift.You should say:
what it waswhen you received itwho gave it to youand explain if this gift was important to you.

[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:
In my “not-so” short life, I have received several gifts from my family, friends and relatives, and all of them seemed to be special in one way or another. Today, I would like to talk about one such gift, a ‘pair of jeans”, which was important to me.

Not sure, why people still call it a “pair of jeans” even though it is just one “piece of clothing”, but whatever we choose to call it, I really liked my jeans pant when my uncle offered it to me as a gift after graduating from my high school about 15 years ago. By the way, it was a rather unexpected gift from my uncle as he was …

Describe something you bought but did not use much

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 362 with Model Answer:
Describe something you bought but did not use much.You should say:
what it waswhere you bought it fromwhy you bought itand explain why you didn’t use it that much.

[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 don’t usually like to buy so may things unless I know for sure that I need them or will use them. But, there had been some occasions, when I have bought a few things, which eventually were left “unused” for the most part. Today, I would like to talk about one such item, which I didn’t use much, after buying it.

It is a regular mobile phone which I bought about 2 years ago from a local electronics shop in my hometown. By the way, the smartphones were already in the markets at that time, but still, I chose to buy a regular phone, primarily because I wanted to spend more time readin…

Describe a tall building in your hometown you like or dislike

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 360 with Model Answer:
Describe a tall building in your hometown that you like or dislike.You should say:
where this building iswhat it looks likewhat it is used forand explain why you like or dislike 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 1: 
There aren’t exactly too many tall buildings in my hometown, as far as I know, but there are a few of them which, I think, deserve some attention. Here, today, I would like to talk about one such tall building in my hometown which got my attention.

The building is conveniently located at the heart of my hometown, close to a major intersection, which can be easily accessed from all directions. The building is 25 storeys tall, with a size of about 14,000 square feet on each floor, which is built with all kinds of modern building materials, including fine limestone g…

When you had to go to a hospital or see a doctor

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 358 with Model Answer:
Describe a time when you had to go to a hospital or see a doctor. You should say:
what was wrong with youhow you felt at that timewhat happened at the hospital or doctor's chamberand explain what treatment you were given to help you get better.

[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:
It is not really any fun to fall sick. Even more frustrating can be the fact that you actually have to wait to get an appointment with a doctor who you can trust with your health. But, this is life, and we have to run to a doctor, whether we like it or not, just like I also had to see a doctor for my cough problem about a few years ago during the wintertime.

It’s not like I had fallen sick and had to visit a doctor for the first time in that winter. In fact, I have had a cough problem a number of ti…

Something you bought and was happy about

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 357 with Model Answer:
Describe something you have recently bought and felt happy about.You should say:
what you have boughtwhy you have bought ithow much it cost youand explain why you felt happy about 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 1:
There are things, which we buy because we need them and there are things, which we buy, not only because we need them, but also because they make us feel happy. Today, I would like to talk about something, which I recently bought and felt really happy about it.

It is a brand new smartphone, which I bought about a few months ago. I bought it at a discounted price, which came with all the latest tools and technologies, in order to ensure the best services. The smart device has a very unique and shiny navy blue colour, and it is about 7 inches in size. Unlike my old …

Describe your idea of a perfect home

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 356 with Model Answer:
Describe your idea of a perfect home.You should say:
where it would behow big it would bewhat it will look likeand explain why it would be the perfect home for you.

[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:
To tell the truth, the idea of a perfect home has eluded me for a long time because the idea doesn’t stick in my mind for too long. If I have one idea today, it is replaced with another the next day. But, still, I will try my best to describe my perfect home today without sounding too much “incoherent”.

My perfect home should be preferably located in the countryside and close to a tulip garden. It should be a duplex home with at least 4 rooms on one side of the building while the kitchen and living room should be located on the other side. Each room should be at least 350 square fe…

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 achievedwhen you have achieved itwhat was difficult about achieving itand 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 …

Describe a shop that recently opened in your hometown

IELTS Cue Card/Candidate Task Card 348 with Model Answer:
Describe a shop that recently opened in your hometown/area.You should say:
what type of shop it iswhat type of people go therewhat it sellsand explain whether you will shop there or not.

[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:
I live in a rather small town. So, whenever there is a new opening of anything or any new activities in my little old town, I come to know about them one way or another. Today, I would like to talk about one such new opening of a new shop in my area.

It is a “super shop” (some people would prefer to call it a “grocery store”), a self-service store, offering a wide variety of food and household items, organized into different departments. They named the shop as “At your service” which has an opening hour from 7 am to 11 pm. I would consider the new shop as a l…

Describe an invention that has changed people’s life

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 341 with Model Answer:
Describe an invention that has changed people’s life.You should say:
what it iswho invented itwhen it was inventedand explain how it has changed people’s life.

[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: The use of the Global Positioning System, also known as GPS, has become so common in our modern life that we sometimes even forget that it exists. This invention and technology, I believe has changed people's life to a great extent.

This is a relatively recent invention that helps to pinpoint any specific location with the use of satellites. It helps people determine a location, find a place they are looking for, monitor movement and interestingly enough measure time. We use it in our everyday life and our smartphones are constantly using it.

The masterminds of this invention are –…

Describe a useful plant you know about

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 340 with Model Answer:
Describe a useful plant you know about.You should say:
what it iswhere it is availablewhat it looks likeand explain how this plant is useful.

[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.]

Describe your idea of starting a new business

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 338 with Model Answer:
Describe your idea of starting a new business in your area.You should say:
what business it will behow you have got this ideawhat preparation and planning it would requireand explain whether you would personally start it or not.

[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: Well, I am planning to start a business in our town and I think this is a good business idea for anyone to start in our area. I will finance the business while one of my cousins would look after it. The business idea is that we will start a store that will sell cosmetics and perfumes along with some other necessary household items. Initially, it would be a small store and I hope someday it will grow big. 
I have completed my graduation a few months ago and I am searching for a suitable job. In the meantime, I want to st…

Describe a popular sport in your country

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 334 with Model Answer:
Describe a popular sport in your country.You should say:
what it iswhat equipment is needed for that sporthow is it doneand explain why it is so popular in your country.

[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: Saudi Arabia is the land of diversity and people remain busy round the hours for their respective business. But people also take part in recreational activities as well. The number of sports is limited here and thus football has become the most popular form. In the recent past years, football has replaced all the other forms of outdoor sports and now the team is internationally recognized. I think this candidate task is a nice one and I am glad to deal with this one. I will describe the sport now.

Describe something you remember from your school or college

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 333 with Model Answer:
Describe something you remember from your school or college days.You should say:
what it iswhat actually happened how you felt about itand explain why you remember this event.

[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: Thank you for this nice cue card topic. When I was a student of Hong Kong International School, located in Repulse Bay, I made an intentional mistake and was punished by the teacher. This is really a memorable event for me. And I did not think that the teacher will notice the matter. But unluckily he noticed and I got the punishment. This is a great cue card topic and it helps to remember me my school days in Hong Kong and here goes the detail description of the entire event now.

Occasion when you couldn't pay for something you wanted

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 328 with Model Answer:
Describe an occasion when you couldn't pay for something you wanted.You should say:
what you wanted to pay forwhy you were not able to paywhat you didand explain how you fell about the situation.[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:
My recent trip to India was interesting and provided me with some of the memorable experiences of my life. I went there with my family and visited almost all the notable tourist spots. But I could not pay for after dining at a local restaurant. It was a troublesome matter for me and my family. But somehow I managed to control the situation. This is a nice candidate task card and I will describe the event by answering the questions. I feel lucky to have the card in my share.

A popular musical instrument in your country

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 327 with Model Answer:
Describe a popular musical instrument in your country.You should say:
what it ishow it is playedwhat sort of music can it playand explain why is it so popular in your country.[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 notable number of musical instruments are popular in India and flute is one of them. It is a cylindrical tube with holes in the tube for passing air which actually creates the tune. The use of flute has long been present in the history of Indian music and almost all the music composers apply it while music composition. There are various types of flutes are available and India proudly owns a couple of greatest flutists.

Describe something you do to help others

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 308 with Model Answer:
Describe something you do to help others.You should say:
what you dohow long have you been doing ithow you started doing itand explain why you think this is helpful for others.

[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:
I actually provide technological support to people and some people have opined that it has greatly helped them. To make it clear, I help other people with their needs related to computer and technology. Actually, I am not quite enthusiast doing it and not sure how much it helps others, but for this cue card topic, I would like to talk about it.

I live in a joint family in India. And thus the number of family members is more than the other ordinary families. So, most of them are in need of various types of supports and I try to help them when they fall in trouble with t…

A sport that you would like to learn

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 307 with Model Answer:
A sport that you would like to learn.You should say:
what sport it ishow you would learn ithow difficult you think it would be to learn and explain why you would like to learn this sport.

[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:
There are a good number of indoor and outdoor sports are available. And the preferences to sports are different based on people’s choice. I love to take part in indoor sports and considering to learn table tennis. This is a charming sport and requires a special set of skills and movements to master the skills and play it. Thank you for the question and I will describe it now.