IELTS Speaking: Most common cue card topics 2024

This is a list of most common cue card topics that were given to IELTS candidates in the speaking test.

Cue card topics 2021

  1. Describe someone who knows a lot about something
  2. A rule formed in your school that you agree/disagree with
  3. Describe a person you work/study with
  4. Describe something you bought recently and you are happy with it
  5. A foreign city you’d like to visit
  6. A plan you’ve been making for long but it didn’t work
  7. Describe a place where people go to spend leisure time
  8. Talk about a friend who cleverly solved a problem
  9. Talk about a language lesson you enjoyed
  10. Describe a good news that you have heard recently about your relatives
  11. Describe recent changes in your life
  12. Talk about your ideal home
  13. A garden you visited as a child
  14. Describe something that you taught to your friend/relative
  15. A special cake you had
  16. A time when you teamed up with an old person
  17. Describe an interesting conversation you had with a stranger
  18. A healthy lifestyle that you follow
  19. An occasion when you helped someone
  20. Describe a person who took a decision for you recently
  21. Describe a time when you visited new school/home
  22. A time when you had to use your imagination
  23. A moment you laughed a lot
  24. Describe a website you have used recently
  25. Describe an interesting person from other country
  26. An organization you’d like to work for
  27. Your perfect holiday destination
  28. Describe a place that is not frequented by people
  29. When someone gave positive comments to you
  30. A book that has influenced you
  31. Describe a visit to a place that is not famous
  32. Describe a special cake you made for someone
  33. A group of people that made you smile
  34. A small business you’d like to start
  35. Describe a shop recently opened in your area
  36. Describe something you got for free
  37. A plant that you find useful
  38. A person who helped you in your studies
  39. Disagreement with a decision someone made
  40. Your favourite item of clothing
  41. Good news about a person you know well
  42. Something you’re planning to do but haven’t done it yet
  43. A gift that made you happy
  44. A happy married couple
  45. An English lesson that has influenced you
  46. Something you got for free
  47. Facilities you want in your hometown
  48. Talk about your favourite sport
  49. An invention you find very useful
  50. A big company/organisation near you
  51. A businessman that you admire
  52. A person’s service in a restaurant
  53. An expensive hobby you can’t pursue daily
  54. Swimming pool(Speaking Sample Answers)
  55. Describe your favourite song
  56. My first mobile phone
  57. State of Public Transport
  58. Describe a subject you enjoyed studying at school
  59. Talk about a time when you searched for some information on the internet
  60. Talk about a beautiful city
  61. Describe a decision that you made
  62. Talk about a skill that takes a long time to learn
  63. Describe something interesting that your friend have done
  64. 2021 Series
  65. Important Event
  66. Describe your dream House
  67. Describe a famous person you would like to meet
  68. Describe a time when you got into trouble
  69. Describe a building with architectural interest
  70. Describe a piece of modern technology that you own
  71. Describe a job that you hope to have
  72. Talk about an event when you were congratulated
  73. Describe someone you know who is a good cook
  74. Describe something useful that you learned from a member of your family
  75. An interesting animal in your country
  76. Talk about a season that you enjoy
  77. Describe an open- air or street market which you enjoyed visiting
  78. Describe a song that you like
  79. Describe an unusual meal you had
  80. Talk about a book that you liked
  81. Describe a sport you have seen on tv and would like to try
  82. Talk about a tv series that you remember
  83. Talk about a river or lake in your country
  84. Describe a comic actor who is popular in your country
  85. Design a building you visited and liked
  86. Talk about a talkative person that you liked
  87. Describe an important decision/choice that you made in your life
  88. Talk about a speech which somebody delivered and you heard 
  89. Describe a foreign country you have never been to.
  90. Describe a subject taught in your school.
  91. Describe your dream college/University.
  92. Tell about a time when you had to write a lot
  93. Talk about something important you lost in the past
  94. Talk about a leisure activity you have done with your family
  95. Describe a happy day you would like to have
  96. Describe an interesting conversation you had with someone you did not know
  97. Describe something useful you learned from a member of your family
  98. Describe something useful you borrowed from another person
  99. Describe any practical skill you have
  100. Talk about a recent experience when the internet solved your problem
  101. Talk about a time when you didn’t share a truth with your best friend
  102. Describe a historical period/time you want to know more about
  103. Describe a thing that has become a matter of status nowadays
  104. Describe a plant that you find useful
  105. Describe a rule that you did not like in your school
  106. Describe something you own which has important to you
  107. Describe a famous person whom you admire
  108. Describe a common dress that females in your country wear
  109. Describe a club you organized or involved in it
  110. Describe something you bought but did not use much
  111. Describe an outdoor activity that you did for the first time
  112. Describe an old object which your family has kept for a long time
  113. Talk about an instance when you were cheated, or somebody lied to you, or didn’t tell you the complete truth
  114. Describe your favorite movie
  115. Describe an occasion when the vehicle you were traveling in broke down
  116. Describe an old person you met who has inspired you
  117. Describe an impressive advertisement you remember well
  118. Describe a person you know whom you think is well-dressed
  119. Describe your favorite way to relax
  120. Describe a TV series you like
  121. Describe a good law in your country
  122. A Season you enjoy
  123. Describe an important plant in your country
  124. Describe a foreign cultural festival that you like
  125. Describe someone who knows a lot about something
  126. Describe the job/ career you have or hope to have
  127. Describe a piece of modern technology that you own
  128. Describe someone who learned a foreign language
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CUE CARD – Describe an interesting song

Speaking -Part 2 (Cue Card)

Describe an interesting song
You should say:

    • Who the song is ?
    • What story does the song tell ? / What it is about ?
    • Whether the song is popular ?
    • And, explain why you think it is interesting ?
Sample Answer

Music is one of the most beautiful forms of art, and I listen to it whenever I am feeling the blues. Today, I am going to talk about a motivational song that I love listening to, whenever I am thrown by failures in life. The song’s name is believers, by the worldwide famous band Imagine Dragons.

The song really helps me get through the impossible days when it is really hard for me to get out of bed and kick off my day. It gives a very inspirational message about the failures of life and urges one to push one’s limits and go beyond them. It empowers me to rise like a phoenix from the ashes and keeps me going even at my worst. This song put forth the never give up attitude in life even when everything appears to be the end of the world.

The song is quite popular across the globe and definitely forms a part of every individual’s playlist, especially the young blood. Like many other youngsters, I also listen to this song to work my way out through the hurtful days of life. Thanks to one of my close friends Niya, who suggested I listen to this song when I was going through some personal mid-life crisis.

I was emotionally tormented by the loss of a family member and felt emotionally drained and mentally exhausted. At the time I also was not able to cope with the work and thus, my work-life balance was not very good as there was a lot on my plate. It was at that time, that I started listening to this song and overcame my demons. This song is meaningful in a lot of ways, as it is inspired by the band’s own personal struggles that they went through before actually gaining popularity in the mainstream.

Thus, this is a song that I found particularly interesting.

 Speaking -Part 3 (Follow up questions)
Here are some examples of follow up questions that examiner may ask during your speaking (part 3) related to cue card ‘Describe a person you only met once and want to know more about.

Q1. Why are many music competitions popular in India ?

There is a myriad of music competitions that are widely popular as they are really enjoyed by people from across the remotest corners of the country. Singing shows such as the Voice, Indian idol, and Voice Global are some of the very popular music competitions that people like to watch. It is because of these public platforms that a lot of talented individuals are getting an opportunity to display their singing talent.

Q2. What kinds of music do young people like ?

I think young people like listening to a lot of pop and hip-hop music followed by some rap music as well, which is slowly taking over the music industry. Young bloods these days want to listen to something they can relate to and not something that is superficial and fake. Thus, these are the kinds of songs that young people like listening to.

Q3. What kinds of people like to listen to traditional music?

I believe with the advent of western music, we have somehow managed to suppress our traditional music forms, and thus, a very handful of individuals enjoy traditional songs and these are generally the locals of a particular community who are true to their roots and promote their traditional music.

Q4. Why do you think old people like old songs ?

I believe that old person like old songs because they do not relate to the songs that are presently in trend. Moreover, the old songs remind them of their era and their time when life was supposed to be very simple, unlike the modern competitive world. The old songs have slow beats and are full of life with a deep sense of meaning to it. They feel very connected to it. Therefore, old people like to listen to old songs.

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CUE CARD -DESCRIBE A JOB YOU WOULD NOT LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE

 

Speaking -Part 2 (Cue Card)

DESCRIBE A JOB YOU WOULD NOT LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE 

You should say:

  • What is the job?
  • How you heard about it?
  • Why you don’t want to do it?
  • How you feel about the job?
Sample Answer

There are extremely few jobs available due to increased competition and growing employment crisis. No task is simple to complete; all tasks demand arduous work.

While some individuals have a dream job, others may not prioritize that. One such job role that I would never do is customer executive. But I find it too challenging. It appears simple, but I don’t think so. These experts handle a variety of tasks, such as taking phone calls, responding to inquiries from clients, and helping with problems that clients may be having. They seem to be under a lot of pressure to respond quickly, have nice conversations, show empathy, and figure out the right answers when they need them. Most importantly, most employers seek out workers who can work nights because of the nature of the jobs.

Another gap is that working at night becomes risky, especially for girls. The day is more exhausting when headphones are worn. A cousin of mine works as a customer service representative. One of my cousins works up to 10 or 11 hours a day as a customer service executive. Sundays are not his off days. They actually don’t get many holidays in a given year. He reveals that they have daily goals to meet and that their pay will be withheld if they don’t. One cannot ultimately look up to this profession for future growth because only a small number of employees in this sector get promotions. I would prefer working as a web developer.

 

Speaking -Part 3 (Follow up questions)

 

Here are some examples of follow up questions that examiner may ask during your speaking (part 3) related to cue card “Describe a job you would not like to do in the future .”

Q1. What kind of jobs do young people prefer?

Answer. The employment market in India is changing quickly, and there are a number of new career possibilities that are being developed to meet the interests and skill needs of young professionals. Young Indians can pursue a number of profitable and exciting professional pathways, ranging from cybersecurity and renewable energy to digital marketing and data analytics

Q2. Some people will lose their jobs because of technology, how to deal with it?

Answer. Since we are the ones creating the technology, I don’t think we can blame it. If someone feels that technology has replaced them in their line of work, they should enhance their skill set and investigate alternative career platforms.

Q3. Will you settle down in another country?

Answer. Yes, I will, given that I land a decent job in a developed nation. I would seize the chance with both hands.

Meaning Sentence
Arduous Difficult and tiring The task was more arduous than we imagined.
Crisis Time of intense difficulty or danger Employment crisis increased during lockdown.
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CUE CARD -DESCRIBE AN ACTIVITY YOU DO TO KEEP FIT

Speaking -Part 2 (Cue Card) DESCRIBE AN ACTIVITY YOU DO TO KEEP FIT

You should say:

  • What the activity is
  • When and where you usually do it
  • How you do it
  • Explain why it can keep you fit
Sample Answer

Well, there are numerous activities that can help a person remain fit. Personally, I consider running to be the activity that has helped me to stay in shape. Moreover, in addition to it intake of a nutritious balanced diet with adequate sleep also holds a lot of importance.

There is a beautiful park near my abode, I make it a point to run for about 30 minutes twice every day, that amounts to an hour daily. Once, in the morning hours before the hustle and bustle of the world around and next 30 minutes during the evening hours after I return from my office. It’s a great way to increase my strength and flexibility, hence allowing me to stay in shape.

Furthermore, I Try to have a balanced diet. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are included in my diet. Also, I try to avoid carbonated drinks and processed food items. Moreover, sleep is way more important for health and well-being. Getting enough sleep of about 7-8 hours is a must to stay fit and healthy.

All in all, maintaining a balance between running, eating healthy meals and sleep energizes me, also helps me stay focused, increases my concentration, motivates me and finally allows me to stay fit and active all day long. It has impacted my life in a positive manner, and all these factors play a vital role in maintaining my overall health and fitness.

 

Speaking -Part 3 (Follow up questions)

 

Here are some examples of follow up questions that examiner may ask during your speaking (part 3) related to cue card “Describe a person who likes to talk a lot.”

Q1. What do old people in your country do to keep fit?

Answer. Physical activity is a must for every age group but when we take into consideration the fitness of elderly people then some sort of physical activity , in the form of yoga, meditation or brisk walking should be done by them in order to stay active ,free from all diseases and last but not the least it aids in keeping their joints healthy.

Q2. Besides exercise what else can people do to keep fit?

Answer. There are myriad of activities that people can do to maintain their mental as well as physical fitness. The activities include eating a balanced diet, avoiding fast food, taking multivitamins regularly, reducing screen time and much more.

Word Meaning Sentence
Abode A place where someone lives or a temporary stay. It was very difficult for me to find my friend’s new abode.
Carbonated drinks Drinks that contain carbon dioxide gas at high pressure, making them fizzy. I always crave a carbonated drink after my morning walk.
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