IELTS Cue Card


The examiner gives you a Speaking Part 2 IELTS Cue Card. (This a physical card which you can touch and pick up)

Cue Card

Describe a city you visited that you liked.

You should say:

  • what city it is
  • when you went there
  • what you did there
  • and why you liked it.
  • The examiner will say: Here is your topic – you have 60 seconds to think about your answer. A pencil pen and paper will be provided for you.
  • You have to speak for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • After you give your answer. the examiner might ask 1 or 2 roundings out questions about your Part 2 answer, and then, Part 3 will begin.

Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Test exists in order to test your English Fluency, and it’s important to understand now that ‘Fluency’ is not speeding!

“Fluency”┬áis your ability to communicate comfortably and clearly for an extended period of time. In the context of IELTS Part 2, this means speaking for the full two minutes about a single topic in a smooth, natural-sounding way. If this is one of your biggest problems, then I’ve got you covered. I have included some Fluency-Booster techniques at the end of this section to help you take your English fluency to a high-band level.

IELTS Speaking Part 2: cue cards always ask you to describe something from your life. Fortunately, there are a limited number of things IELTS Part 2 will ask you to describe. These include: Describe a situation, a person, a place / a location, an object/ an item.

  • TIP – You have one minute to prepare, Write two or three ideas you could talk about.

IELTS Cue Card Topics

Cue Card 1: Talk About an Item

Talk about an item that you bought but rarely use.

  • Describe an item.
  • Where and when did you buy it?
  • Did you actually need it? Why?

Cue Card 2: Describe Something New You Like

Describe something new you like doing in the evening.

  • How often you do it?
  • How long you spend doing it?
  • And say it you think most people would enjoy doing the same thing or not, and why?

Cue Card 3: Describe Something You Think is Exciting.

Describe something you think is exciting.

  • What’s reason it makes you excited?
  • What other feelings that thing can give people?
  • And say how it compares to other things that people usually find exciting?

Cue Card 4: Tell me About that Thing Excited You.

Tell me about that thing excited you.

You should include:

  • How often you do that thing?
  • Where you do it?
  • Who you do it with?

Cue Card 5: Describe a Friend You have Known for a Long Time.

Describe a friend you have known for a long time.

You should talk about:

  • How long you have known them?
  • What’s reason you met them, personality and character?
  • What you have in common?
  • and say what you like doing together.

Cue Card 6: Describe a Mistake You Made in Your Childhood.

Describe a mistake you made in your childhood.

  • Which type of mistake?
  • When and where you made it?
  • How did you feel at that time?

Cue Card 7: Explain Your Cooking Experience.

Explain your cooking experience.

You should say:

  • Why is it important?
  • Do women cook better than men?
  • Basics of good cooking.

Cue Card 8: Talk about the Job you are Currently Doing.

Talk about the job you are currently doing.

  • What’s reason you choose it?
  • Skills needed for a job?
  • Negative aspects of that job.

Cue Card 9: Talk about your Hobby.

Describe talk about your hobby.

  • Why is your favourite hobby?
  • Any advantage you have from it?
  • Is it a group hobby?

Cue Card 10: Talk about the Best Film you Watched this Year.

Talk about the best film you watched this year.

You should say:

  • Who did you see the film with?
  • What was special about the film?
  • How did you feel after the film?

Cue Card 11: Describe the Journey you made Recently.

Describe the journey you made recently.

You should say:

  • How did you travel?
  • Why did you visit?
  • What you liked and disliked about it?


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