IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # National Day

You should spend 20 minutes on this task.

Describe a national day in your country.

You should say:

  • what day it is
  • how is it celebrated?
  • what the historical significance of this day is

and explain how you feel to this day.


India is one of those countries that has fought a long battle against colonization. After around, 200 years of domination and a long struggle against British power and other social impacts, India gained its freedom on 15 August 1947. But, on the very same day, the partition of India and Pakistan also took place. On the day of our freedom, our first Prime Minister raised the Indian flag in Red Fort.

Since then we have been celebrating our Independence day on 15 August. On this day, customarily, the prime minister of our country, raises the Indian National Flag in Red Fort. Independence day is a gazetted holiday in our nation and all the schools, colleges, banks and other institutions celebrate it with pomp and show. The organizations have a flag hosting ceremony wherein, the highest ranking person hosts the flag.

As a country, the Prime Minister raises the flag and gives an address to the nation. On this day, parades and cultural events take place in Red Fort by students from different parts of the country. In the northern and the central part of our country, most people fly kites.

This day is quite special for me. It reminds me of the various freedom that I enjoy in my life. It brings a sense of pride in me and I feel amazing. On this day, when I notice the Indian flag being hosted almost everywhere, it just gets back to me the vigour with which the Indians must have fought to make sure that I enjoy my freedom. Independence day reminds me to fight for my freedom and independence. It tells me that focus and determination can set one free.


IELTS Cue Card Sample Answer # Disappointment

Disappointment in life is a part of life and no one has ever been through life without having any disappointments. This time we are looking at a cue card where you need to talk about something that disappointed you.

Talk about something you were disappointed about.

You should say:

  • what it was about
  • when it happened
  • why it disappointed you

and explain how you felt about it.


We have shifted our roots to buying online rather than going offline with friends and buying things. For a long time I had been skeptical about buying things online, but after a few purchases, I once ordered a phone from Amazon. It was my first phone from my salary and I was very excited about it. The company did an amazing delivery and the phone reached to me before the expected time.

I had ordered a Motorola G4 and was expecting to be able to use it for better clicks and my writing. But, it seemed that the phone came with a bit flaw. It had heating issues and the phone used to hang up in every fifteen minutes. Frustrated and agitated I decided on returning the phone. I had bought the phone on 15 June 2015 and returned it on 18 June. My expectations were that the phone would be returned by 25 and then I will buy a new one for myself.

But, somehow it did not happen. I did return my phone but did not get any refund. Initially, I had asked for a cheque and it got delivered to my old address from wherein I could not pick it and the processing began again. It was only after 5th July that I could get my money and hence a phone.

It was truly a very irritating and more disappointing one because I had some plans with my phone and wanted to execute them, but because of phone and money problems, things got messed up.


Disappointments are a part of life and I have realized it by now. There have been many times when I have been disappointed because of various things. But, I think the biggest disappointment for me till date has been my failure of being not able to buy a Macintosh. I remember planning for a cheap laptop and maybe a DSLR to start off. But then my love for Macintosh pitched in and I started working for it.

I remember doing extra shifts for my laptop and working even on weekends and long weekends. It took me around 5 months of hard work after which I was able to save money for Macintosh. But, when the time arrived, it so happened that I could not get a major amount of money that I had saved for it and I lost hope. When that happened, I could no longer buy Macintosh for myself. I thought it is not a major thing, but with passing time I did realize that it was important for me.

The one thing that disappointed me the most was initially when searching for Macintosh in my city, I could not find them. However, after some time when the money was gone, there were a lot of places that displayed it. It was only after seven months after buying a DSLR that I was actually able to feel good.


IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Prize

Describe a prize you won:

You should say –

  • what was it?
  • what you had to win it?
  • how many other competitors were there

and explain how you felt after winning?


Toastmasters has become an integral part of my life and going to its meeting is a beautiful time spent. The organization organizes few competitions every year and among them, I took part in the evaluation contest. In the contest, there was a speaker and I had to evaluate him on his speech, giving him ideas on where the speech can be improved. There were 16 participants and three judges.

I remember I had a  work priority on the day and I was juggling between the competition and the workplace. And when it was my turn to speak I missed it. They were gracious enough to let me speak at the last. Once my evaluations were over, the results were announced and I had come at the first place.

The feeling was amazing because I had never given evaluations before and it was my first experience. The best part was the feedback that I got from the audience and the speaker. The speaker felt he had never received a better evaluation and the audience wanted to listen more. For me, the prize had become secondary in front of the feedbacks.


IELTS Cue Card Sample Question # Invention

Curiosity is the mother of all inventions. It is these innovations that help the human race to move forward, make changes and do things differently. For instance, the invention of electricity brought about humongous changes in the life style of human beings. This time we are looking at a cue card that talks about an invention that changed the people’s life.

Describe an invention that changed human lives. You should say –

  • what is it?
  • who invented it?
  • when was it invented?

also explain, how did it change human lives?

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Every big invention always touches upon human lives and brings about changes. Be it, personal computers, wheels, electricity, aeroplane, the history is filled with the stories of great inventions. I would like to talk about the printing press. German Johannes Guttenberg invented it in the fifteenth century. The printing press uses a mechanised way of transferring ink to the movable type. This movable type process exponentially increases the speed of printing books.

It ultimately led to the rapid and widespread dissemination of knowledge for the first time in human history. Bible was the first book to be published using the Guttenberg printing press. It was the mass production of Bible, that actually led a lot of interpretations about it. For the first time in history, a scientist could easily convey their inventions, leading to a scientific revolution. Also, the literacy rate in adults increased leading to a more knowledgeable society in large. Students began to learn better and grasp concepts better than others.

Some people believe that it was the printing press that actually led to the industrial revolution, the rise of nationalism and much more! It actually did change the way people lived.

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