Latest IELTS Cue cards

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WHAT IS A CUE CARD?

In the IELTS speaking test, the candidate is required to speak on a topic for about 1 to 2 minutes. The pattern of IELTS exam is designed to check the understanding level of English. The important thing to keep in mind that the topic given in IELTS speaking test cannot be changed. With the speaking topic, 3 to 4 cues are provided which helps candidates to answer the question to the point.

Cue card 2021 list from Jan to April 2021

1

Describe a skill that you can teach other people

  • What it is
  • How you learnt it
  • How can you teach others this skill
  • How do you feel about this skill

2

Describe a time when you needed to use your imagination

  • When it was
  • When you needed to use imagination
  • How difficult or easy it was
  • And explain how you felt about it

3

Describe a special hotel you stayed in

  • Where it is
  • What it is like
  • Why you went there
  • And how you felt about it

4

Describe a person who wears unusual clothes

  • Who is he
  • How do you know him
  • What kind of clothes he wears
  • Why do you consider that his clothing choices are weird

5

Describe a time when you had to wait in a long line

  • When it was
  • How long the queue/line was
  • What it was about
  • How you felt about waiting in this long queue or line.

6

Describe a short trip that you often take but you do not like

  • Where you go
  • When you go there
  • Why you go there
  • And explain why you do not like this trip

7

Describe a place(/person/home) you like to visit but you don’t want to live there? 

  • What place is it
  • When do you visit that place
  • How you feel about it
  • Why you don’t want to live there

8

Describe an interesting conversation that you had

  • Who you had it with
  • Where did you have it
  • What was the conversation and why did you have it

9

Describe an unforgettable bike(bicycle) trip

  • When it was
  • Where you went
  • What happened during the trip
  • How you felt about it

10

Describe a computer/phone game you enjoy playing since your childhood

  • What the game is about
  • When you started playing it
  • How often you play this game
  • Why you enjoy playing it

11

Describe a time when you were really close to a wild animal

  • What it looked like
  •  Where you saw it
  •  What it likes to eat or do
  •  Why you like it

12

Describe your favourite weather

  • What kind of weather it is
  • When this weather usually occurs
  •  What you usually do during this weather
  •  Explain how this weather affects you
  •  And explain why you like this type of weather

13

Describe a part of a city or a town you enjoy spending time in

  • Where it is
  •  What it is like
  • What do you do there?
  • And explain why you enjoy spending time there

14

Describe a famous person that you are interested in

  • Who this person is
  • How you know about this person
  • What sort of life they had before they became famous
  •  How this person became famous
  • And explain why you like this person

15

Describe a time when your computer broke down

  • You should say
  •  When it was
  • What you were doing
  •  What you did about it
  •  And how you felt about it

16

Describe a polite person whom you know

  •  Who is the person
  •  How you know him/her
  •  And explain why you think this person is polite

17

Describe a thing you bought and you are happy about

  • Explain why you bought it
  • Why you selected this product
  •  From where you purchased it
  •  And explain why are you so happy about it

18

Talk about a time when you gave advice to someone

  • Who you gave advice to
  • What the advice was
  •  Why you gave the advice
  • And how you felt about the advice

19

Describe something important that has been kept in your family for a long time.

You should say

  • What is it
  •  When your family had it
  •  How your family got it
  •  And explain why it is important for your family

20

Describe an occasion when you ate a kind of
food for first time

  • When you had it
  •  Where you ate it
  •  What it was
  • And how you felt about it

21

Describe a goal you want to achieve in the
future or Describe an ambition that you have had for
a long time

  • What the goal is
  • What would you do to achieve it
  •  When will you achieve
  •  Explain why you want to achieve it

Cue card 2020 list from September to December 2020

22

Talk about a toy you liked in your childhood

  •  What was the toy
  •  Who gave it to you
  • How often did you play with it

24

Describe a time when you forgot something
important

You should say

  • When it happened
  •  What you forgot
  •  What was the result of your forgetting
  •  Why it was important

25

Describe a line that you remember from a poem or song

You should say

  • What it is
  •  What poem is it from
  •  How you know about it
  •  How you feel about it

27

Describe a person who you think is very open

You should say

  • Who this person is
  • How you know this person
  •  Why do you think this person is very open
  •  And explain how you feel about this person

30

Describe an energetic person that you know

You should say

  • Who this person is
  •  How you know this person
  •  Why you think this person is energetic
  •  And explain how you feel about this person

28

Describe an old friend you got in contact with again

You should say

  • Who he or she is
  •  What he or she is like
  •  How you got in contact
  •  And explain how you felt about it

29

Describe a family which you like and are happy
to know

You should say

  • Who they are
  • Where they live
  •  How you know them
  •  And explain why you like them

23

Describe a country where you would like to
work for a short time

  • Where you would like to work
  •  What kind of job would it be
  •  When would you like to go
  •  Why you want to work there

33

Describe an expensive activity that you enjoy doing occasionally

You should say

  • What it is
  •  Who do you do it with
  •  Why is it expensive
  • And explain how you feel about it

34

Describe an area of science that interests you

You should say

  • What it is
  •  How you learned about it
  •  Why are you interested in it

31

Describe a time you saw children behave badly in public

You should say

  • Where it was
  •  What the children were doing
  •  How others reacted to it
  •  And explain how you felt about it

32

Describe a conversation topic you were not interested in

  • Who you talked with
  •  When you had the conversation
  •  What the topic was
  •  And explain why you were not interested

26

Describe a tradition in your country

You should say

  •  What it is
  •  Who takes part in it
  •  What activities there are
  •  And explain how you feel about it

49

Describe something or someone that made a lot of noise

You should say

  • Who or what made the noise
  •  What was the noise like
  •  What did you do when you heard the noise
  •  And how you feel about it 

35

Describe a prize that you received

You should say

  •  What it was
  • When you received it
  •  What did you do for it
  •  And explain how you felt about it

47

Describe a film/movie that made you laugh

  • What is the name of this movie
  • When did you watch it
  • Who you watched it with
  • Why it made you laugh

36

Describe a time when you first talked in a foreign language

You should say

  • Where were you
  •  Who you were with
  •  What did you talk about
  •  And explain how you felt about it

41

Describe an intelligent person you know

  • Who is the person
  • What does he do
  •  Why do you think he is smart
  •  How do you feel about him

38

Describe an event you attended in which you didn’t like the music played

You should say

  • What the event was
  •  Where you were
  •  What the music was like
  •  And explain why you didn’t like the music

39

Describe an ambition that you have for long time

You should say

  •  What it is
  •  What you did for it
  •  When can you achieve it
  •  And explain why you have this ambition

40

Describe a time when you changed your opinion

You should say

  • When it was
  •  What the original opinion was
  •  Why you changed it
  •  And explain how you felt about it

42

Describe a photo of yourself that you like (or you have taken)

  • When it was taken
  •  Where it was taken
  •  Who took it? or How you took it
  •  Explain how you felt about the photo

45

Describe a book you read that you found useful or Describe an exciting book you read

  • When you read it
  •  What type of book is it
  •  What is it about
  •  Why did you find it useful

43

Describe a person who helps others in his or her spare time

  • Who this person is
  •  How often this person helps others
  •  How this person helps others
  •  Why this person helps others
  •  How you feel about this person

37

Describe a good decision you made recently

You should say

  • What it was
  •  When you made it
  •  What the result was
  •  And explain how you felt about it

44

Talk about a prize you want to win

  • What prize it is
  • How do you know about it
  •  What will you do to win it
  •  Why do you want to win

51

Describe an old person you know and respect

  • Who he or she is
  • How you know this person
  • What he or she is like
  • And explain why you respect him or he

46

Describe a time when you received good news

  • What was it about
  •  Who told you the news
  •  When you knew it
  •  How you felt about it
  •  Why do you think it was good

48

Describe an occasion when you wasted your time

You should say

  • Where you were
  • When it was
  •  What you did
  •  And explain why you think it was a waste of time

50

Describe an old person you know and respect

  • Who he or she is
  • How you know this person
  • What he or she is like
  • And explain why you respect him or he

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