IELTS Listening Sample Questions # Teenage Brain

The audio has been taken from BBC 6 minutes English.

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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



IELTS Cue Card Sample Answer # Intellectual

An intellectual is a person who engages in critical thinking, research, and reflection about society and proposes solutions for its normative problems. Over a period of time, we meet people who are masters of their own fields or for that matter are all-rounders. These are often the same people who push the human race, the ones who come in our lives and teach us some valuable lessons. This time we are looking at a cue card that talks about a person you have encountered in your life who is the master of his or her field.

Describe someone who knows a lot about something. You should say :

  • who is the person?
  • how do you know him or her?
  • what did you learn from him/ her?

Also, explain why do you admire the person.


Over a period of few years, I have worked for various companies and in different fields. This has led me to know a multitude of people with varied interest. One such personality I chanced upon to meet was Abhinav. I met him during my stint at a Multinational company where we met over the group called Toastmasters. I had gone to attend a meeting of the club and heard him give an impromptu speech.

The speech motivated me to an extent that I joined the club. Over a period of time, he became my mentor in the journey of Public speaking. We came to know more about each other. It was through those talks that a realization dawned on me that not only was he an excellent speaker but also a really wise man. He had been through a lot in his life and yet chose always to be happy.

Over his journey, he told me about different things about public speaking. The quirks of writing complicated things in a shorter way, of giving a message and ensuring that people always have something to look forward to. He taught me the importance of words. How the same words can have an impact or be of no use.

The reason I really admire Abhinav is that he is one person who fought back his fears and won his battles. Coming from Hindi background he aced speaking in English and taught me the art of speaking well. He is the one person who in many ways taught that the best way of living life is to enjoy it, with all its problems and happiness.

Vocabulary :

multitude – a large number of people or things.

impromptu – done without being planned or rehearsed.

mentor – an experienced and trusted adviser.

quirks – a particular aspect of a person’s character or behavior.


IELTS Cue Card Sample Answer # Imagination

Describe a time you needed to use imagination

You should say:

  • what the situation was;
  • why you needed to use imagination;
  • what the difficulties were;

and explain how you felt about it.


I would like to talk about an extracurricular activity class that my father made me join during the summer holidays of class X. It was the first time I had to get out of my comfort zone and think beyond marks. We were a bunch of forty children and every day we used to have a different kind of activity. One such day, our teacher announced that we will be having a storytelling the class. In it, we were challenged to come on stage and make a story out of three words, she provided.

I was the last person to go for my story and my words were ball, pen, and books. We were supposed to speak for five minutes and I clearly remember standing one minute in absolute silence figuring out how to connect the three words and make a story. My story started off with a girl who was a cricket player and she is a bowler, her family did not support her much. So, when her parents asked her study, she would sit down and write stories about cricket or read books of renowned cricketers and then connected the ball, pen, and books in her life.

For that particular story session, I was standing there with my eyes closed and saying whatever came to my mind. Initially, the connection between the three was difficult for me to gras[. So, I picked up a word and carried on with the story. Once my turn was over, I opened my eyes and saw people cheering for me. I loved it. It was the first time someone told me that I must go on reading and be a storyteller some day. I was deliriously happy and extraordinarily excited.


I would like to talk about a time when I had to step out of my comfort zone to join a table topics contest which made me think out of the box and work flat to win it.

Toastmasters is an international organization and I had just joined when someone told me about a table topic contest. As part of it, each speaker had to come on stage and speak for 2 minutes on the topic provided by the contest chair. Each year the contest draws people from across all the clubs and it was really competitive and challenging for me. Therefore, when I was awarded the winner, I was deliriously happy.

The goal of the challenge was to speak for two minutes and potray the speech in a well-structured way. It is a competition, there were many other experienced people present and I was obviously terrified. What made me think too much about it was that it was spontaneous. So, the only thing that mattered was that moment and how well you can use it and explain your story. I woke up that day for the entire night and practiced around 100 table topics and by the end of 90th, I was broken down.

Although many congratulated me for the victory, I still believe that the moment I decided to go for practicing the 100 table topics, I had already won. The victory was just a cherry on the cake.


IELTS Cue Card Sample Answer # Garden / Park

Describe a garden / Park you remember visiting –

  • where it is?
  • what it looks like?
  • what people do there?

explain why you remember it?


Sample Answer:

I remember visiting rock garden in Chandigarh last year, with my family. The garden was so big and unique that I still remember it. It is sculpture garden and is completely built of industrial and home waste and thrown-away items. It was started by Nek Chand, a government official in 1957.

He used to collect the industrial waste and the other city waste and created the sculptures from them. The garden is regarded as a unique place and the perfect symbol of recycling.  The layout of the garden is that of a lost kingdom.  The moment one enters the garden, the small entrance doors which make the head bow, not only creative an ambience of royal but also impart humbleness. One has to pass through a verity of doorways, archways, vestibules, streets and lanes of different scales and dimensions, each one opening into a new array of display or courtyards and chambers lending an air of suspense and curiosity at every corner, at every turn.

An open air theatre and a vast pavilion with a center stage are the other highlights of the rock Garden where art and culture blend amidst rustic and exotic environs of the garden.

Most people go there to visit and see it, it is rather a tourist spot and lots of people come on daily basis.

I remember looking at the garden and being awed by the beauty the garden is made of. I mean no one can say that it is made of waste because they have been put to so great use. I think everyone must visit it during their life time.



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