Tough IELTS Cue Cards

IELTS Speaking can be very surprising with a lot of unexpected Cue Cards / Part 2 / Long Turn Card. This is a list for your practice.

1. Describe a historical place that you know about.

You should say:
    what the place is
    where it is located
    what is the historical meaning of the place

and describe your experience of the place.

2. Describe a foreign country you have never been to.

You should say:
    where the country is
    when you will go there
    why you would like to go there

and explain why this is a good country to visit.

3. A speech that somebody delivered and you heard.

You should say:
    who gave the speech
    what the topic of the speech was
    whether it impressed you or not

and explain why did you like / dislike the speech.

4. Describe a musical event in your country.

You should say
    what the event it is
    where it takes place
    what kind of music is played

and explain why you enjoy it.

5. Describe a positive change in your life.

You should say:
    what  the change was about
    when it happened
    describe details of the change happened

and describe how it affected you later life.

6. Describe a bad weather experience you have had.

You should say:
    what sort of bad weather it was
    when it happened
    where you were when it happened

and explain how it affected you.

7. A time when you were asked to give your opinion in a questionnaire or survey.

You should say:
    what the questionnaire/survey was about
    why you were asked to give your opinions
    what opinions you gave

and explain how you felt about giving your opinions.

8. Describe a worth watching theatrical performance.

You should say:
    what the play was about
    where it took place
    how was the acting and quality of the production

and explain why it was worth watching.

9. Describe a life changing experience you have had.

You should say:
    where it took place & who was with you
    what happened
    how it made you feel

and explain how it changed your life. 

10. Describe a traditional meal that you prepare in your country on special occasions.

You should say:
    when you eat that meal
    how you prepare it
    what ingredients are used to prepare it

and explain why you enjoy it.

11. Describe a difficult thing you did well.

You should say:
    what it was
    how you did it
    why (or how) it was difficult

and explain how you felt after you did it. 

12. Describe how you would organize a surprise party for your friend.

You should say:
    where would you do it?
    how would you do it?
    what arrangements would need to be done for the party?

and explain why would you do that.

13. Talk about a funny incident that happened to you.

You should say:
     what it was
     why  it was funny
     who was there with you

and what you remember most about it.

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14. A new law you would implement where you live to make it a better place.

You should say:
    what law it would be
    will it be easy to introduce such a new law
    will it be popular

and what the benefits of such a new law would be. 

15. Describe an unusual or interesting thing you did recently.

You should say:
    where did you do it?
    when did you do it?
    who did you do it with?

and describe why it was unusual or interesting. 

16. Describe a building / structure with architectural interest.

You should say:
    what is it
    what’s the historical significance of it
    why should we preserve it

and describe the building / structure in details. 

17. Describe a club you organized or involved.

You should say:
    what type of club it is
    what is your involvement there
    what do you do for it

and explain why it is important to you. 

18. Describe a place near a lot of water you enjoyed visiting.

You should say:
        where this place was
        who you went there with
        what you did there

and explain why you enjoyed visiting that place. 

19. Describe a small company in your hometown that you think is successful.

You should say:
    how you know it
    what they produce
    why you think it is successful

and explain how you think it became successful. 

20. Describe a television programme you watched and did not enjoy.

You should say:
        what this programme was
        where and when you watched it
        what it was about

and explain why you did not enjoy it. 

21. Talk about something that you have made by yourself (from wood, metal, paper or other material).

You should say:
    what you made.
    why you make it.
    how you make it.

and explain how you felt about it. 

22. Describe someone you know who made a wrong decision.

You should say:
    who the person was
    what the situation was
    what decision they made

and explain why you think it was the wrong decision.

23. Describe a foreign culture that you like.

You should say:
    what culture it is
    how you know about it
    what differences there are between that culture and your own

and explain why you like that foreign culture. 

24. Describe a TV or radio presenter.

You should say:
    who is s/he
    what program s/he presents
   how he presents the program

and explain why you like / dislike him/ her. 

25. Talk about an advice you gave someone.

You should say:
   what was it
    whom you advised
    how you did it

and explain how you felt about it. 

26. Describe a journey that took longer than you expected.

You should say:
    when you took the journey
    where you went
    how you went there

and explain why it took longer than expected.

27. Describe a time when someone helped you.

You should say:
   who helped you
    when it was
    why s/he helped you

and describe how you felt about it.

28. Describe an important decision that you might have to make in the future.

You should say:
    what the decision will be about
    how you will make your decision
    what the results of the decision are likely to be

and explain why it is will be an important decision. 

29. Describe a poisonous plant you know about.

You should say:
    what it is
    where this plant is found
    advantages and disadvantages of this plant

and explain how you know about it. 

30. Describe a foreign musical festival that you enjoyed.

You should say:
    when you enjoyed it
    where you enjoyed it
    who was there with you

and explain why you enjoyed it

Further Reference:

www.ielts.org

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