IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Rule in School

Often growing up we do get nostalgic about school, miss our school days. The fights, teachers and our friends. We do get reminded of our lively days. This time we are looking at a sample IELTS answer that takes us back to our school and reminds us of the rules that we used to have in our schools. The different reactions to the rule in school and your take on the one that you disagreed with.

You have 1 minute to prepare notes.

Describe a rule formed in your school that you agree/disagree with. You should say :

  • what was the rule?
  • for whom was the rule applicable?
  • why did you not like the rule?

Also, explain how do you think the same thing could have been achieved without the rule.


Schools have always been the institution of teaching discipline and hard work and mine was the epitome of it. I studied in a convent school and there were many rules which we had to adhere to. But, after a change in our principal, a new rule was established which stated that any student who is late for school would not be allowed to attend the first three classes. On looking back at the rule, I can understand the reason for its severity. Students would have surely and they did avoided being late.

However, during that time, when the rule was beginning to apply, there was a lot of hustle and bustle in the school. Many students of the primary classes on getting late had to stand outside and wait for the first three lectures to complete. There were even cases when the children who got late were bullied and I can clearly remember one case. A child of fourth grade was late and when he reached the class, he was teased by his peers for a week. It led to his health deteriorating and his parents had to complain.

On the other side, many formed friendships with their late comers and so they came purposely late.

The intentions of the rule, in my opinion, were good but could have been implemented other wise. Students getting late could have been recorded and actions taken on them for being late for three consecutive days. In this way, we could have avoided the bullying and the extreme laziness which the rule brought along.


epitome – a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type.

adhere – believe in and follow the practices of.

hustle and bustle –  A large amount of activity and work, usually in a noisy surrounding.

bullied – use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force them to do something.

deteriorating – become progressively worse.

intentions – a thing intended; an aim or plan.


IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Food Bank

The audio has been taken from BBC 6 minutes English. You can even download the audio from the given link –


Answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS

  1.  How many British people are estimated to have used food banks?
  2. In which year did the financial crisis took place in Britain?
  3. In which year were the cut offs to the welfare system made?
  4. What is the phrase being used to talk about underemployment?
  5. Which phrase is used to mean “unlimited access”?
  6. What is the meaning of limited stocks?
  7. Which term is used to refer to people who want something for nothing?
  8. Which term is used to refer to a food in a can that needs to be only heated?


  1. 500,000.
  2. 2008
  3. 2013
  4. zero-hours contracts
  5. open door
  6. shortage of goods
  7. scrounger
  8. tinned ready meals


IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Teenage Brain

The audio has been taken from BBC 6 minutes English.

You can download the audio from the below link –


Answer the following questions in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS

  1. What is a sweatshirt with a hood called?
  2. What part of the brain is connected with basic emotions?
  3. Which term describes the situation when you have to stay at school after the day to do some extra work?
  4. What are sudden changes of mood called?
  5. What are the chemicals in the body that stimulate cells and organs into action?
  6. What is the age when we start becoming adults?
  7. Which part of the brain kicks you to taking risk?
  8. Which part of the brain stops you from taking risk?
  9. What is the synonym of “slows down”?
  10. What is the other way of saying clever?
  11. When someone copies a style in an exaggerated way to make others laugh, what is it called?
  12. Which phrase is used to say that you are talking evil or threatening about someone?


  1. hoody
  2. limbic system
  3. detention
  4. mood swings
  5. harmones
  6. adolescence
  7. limbic system
  8. pre-frontal cortex
  9. inhibit
  10. brainy
  11. parody
  12. to demonize