IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Unlearned

Schools are considered the epitome of learning. It is in school that most of us gain education and make careers for ourselves. However, in recent times there have been serious questions about the education system and its impact on students. This time we are looking at a cue card that talks about the things that one can never learn in school.

Describe something that cannot be learned in school. You should say –

  • what is it?
  • why do you think it cannot be taught in school?
  • who is the right person to teach it?


School has been a very important part of my life and there is a multitude of things I learned during my school life. But, as they say, there can never be a better and bigger school than life. Schools definitely teach us the various subjects, the importance of languages, geography, and biology but what most schools fail to teach us is the right way of life.

The education system of my country has been such that we are taught right from the beginning that it is important to get good marks, but no one tells us why. Rather, the fact that all the questions being taught in school are of what and how with little or no emphasis on why! Sadly, this is one habit that an individual inculcates from the society he or she lives in. The right attitude can never be taught in schools as a child grasps more what he or she sees that what is being taught.

The best people to teach it would be the parents, but in case they fail, the responsibility goes down to teachers and then finally government. The society must be given shape such that children spend more of their time on learning rather than memorizing. The market must be built in a manner which allows even the average students to make the most of their lives.


IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Perfect Holiday

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. True it is in all sense. Work is definitely the most important part of our lives but only work often makes our lives dull and mundane. This is the reason most people take holidays, sometimes to spice up there lives and more often to

What would your perfect holiday look like? You should say –

  • where would it be?
  • whom would you go with?
  • how would you spend it?

also, explain, why do you think it would be perfect?


Holidays have been an important part of my life. Not only do I like giving it to others, I enjoy them for myself as well. They could be either group trips or solo trips. But, my perfect holiday would be on an all India tour all by myself. It has been my dream for a very long time to be able to travel across India and write down the stories of the country. Of meeting new people and getting to know their stories.

I would start off from my base location and move ahead towards the east. Traveling across all the east, and moving towards north, west and then south. It will be all an all travel to the different cities, the major festivals, major temples, and more importantly the common people of the place. I want to meet all those people and then interview them. Get to know their stories and write about it.

If I am able to do this holiday, it would be the best thing to happen to me. Not because, it will be a big one, but because it would be for me a dream come true. Knowing my country, and getting to know its past, present, and future is what makes this holiday perfect for me.


IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Boring Activity

There are so many times that we do certain things to make us happy. Sometimes, traverse the planet, sometimes go visit our friends, sometimes meet our family members. We try to do lot of activities to make sure that we have a great time. But, then there are some times when we fall in a trap. It could be a boring party or for that matter a boring activity you get assigned to. This time we are looking at a cue card that talks about a boring activity that you did.

Describe an activity that you found boring. You should say –

  • when was it?
  • where was it?
  • why did you find it boring?

also, explain, how do you think it could be made interesting?


Activities do bring out the best in me. I love all those activities where one has to interact with the other person or a group of people. Also, if an activity allows me to be creative, it really makes so much sense to me when compared otherwise. But, there are some that do bore me as well. I remember a few days back I went to a workshop for public speaking. It was taken by a toastmaster and had to be an all interactive workshop where one gets to find out how good or bad they are as speakers and then improvise on themselves.

Reaching the place, I met a very enthusiastic person but sadly when the workshop started, it was all presentation. The formal presentation, the do’s and the not to do. For a simple fact that it is important to have a connect with audience, instead of an example there was a line graph, which did bored me.

Towards, the  end of the workshop, many people came forward and appreciated the work that he did. The reason, I found the seminar too boring was probably because I had certain other expectations from it. Also, not being very academic I do not like much of lecture pattern. For me to be able to grasp something better, it is important to be indulged in doing it.

To make the presentation more interesting, he could have given us more examples, rather than just stating facts. Also, if one of us could have come forward applied his teaching right there, it might have worked other way round.


IELTS Cue Card Sample Answers # Special Day

We all have special moments in our lives and they often require us to work hard. Sometimes they are a bit expensive but there are some days, not even moments, which take our breath away. Like they say, the best things in life cannot be bought with money. So, are these special days in our lives, they are inexpensive monetarily and the most expensive emotionally, because they are the days that we cherish for our lives. This time we are talking about a cue card which asks you to tell about a special day in your life, where you did not spend much money.

Talk about a special day which was inexpensive. You should say –

  • what was the occasion?
  • where did you go?
  • who were you with?

also, explain, what made that day special?


Special days have great importance in all our lives, they make the boring and the dull and gloomy days pass by, all because of the hope for a special day. In the past few years, I have had many occasions where I felt my breath was taken away. The gratitude I felt for God and the people around me was immense. One such day was when I went to Shravenbelagola for a Jain festival.

The Jain festival happens once in 12 years and in it their God, Bahubali is showered with milk, water, and many other things. Lacs of people from across the country and worldwide come to pay tribute to the God. There are many media people from all over and it gets attended by politicians of my country.

I visited Shravenbelagola, which is 3 hours from Bengaluru, all alone. It had to be my first solo trip. Being in a completely new place, I initially was really scared, not knowing exactly where I would go or where would I stay. On the D-Day, however, I made friends, got to attend the event right from the top because of the passes they had, and free food, because it was a government event.

Coming back from the event, I saw people rushing and throwing each other to get to the top and I felt so special. It was that day I realized the importance of people in our lives. They make good things better and bad things good. Had I not made those friends, my trip may have been a failure.



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