cue card # describe a time when you were late

IELTS cue card


Describe a time when you were late for something important.
You should say:

• When it was ?
• Why you were late ?
• How you managed the situation and explain how you felt about it ?

Sample answer

late Time

Usually, I am quite punctual. But, one day I was really late for an important appointment. Today I will talk about that incident.

Two months ago, I appeared in the IELTS test. My speaking exam was scheduled on the 13th June, Monday, 9:00 am. I was supposed to report at the test venue, hotel JSR continental, Dehradun, at 8:30 am.

It rained heavily on Sunday evening and the weather forecast predicted incessant rain for a few days. Considering the bad weather, I set the alarm for 6:00 am and went to bed early. I was feeling very nervous and I couldn’t sleep well. Despite that I woke up on time. After getting ready, I left the home to catch the bus. When I reached the bus station, to my surprise, there was no bus and many commuters were stranded.
It was quite chaotic as nobody knew the reason why buses were not plying as usual. It was 7:50 am and I was still at the bus station. My anxiety was increasing enormously because there was no other mean to reach Dehradun from my village. Fortunately, a bus arrived and we boarded the bus. It took a lot of time to reach Dehradun as there was a head-on collision of a truck and a car on the main road. Looking at the site, I understood the reason why buses were running late.

Finally, I reached the center at 8:55 am. I explained the situation to the center manager and requested him to allow me to appear in the interview. He was very understanding. Later, I was given the permission to give the interview. Even though I was very late but I didn’t lose hope. In the end everything worked out well. I did my best. I thanked god for everything and went home happily.


IELTS Band 7 Dehradun