The IELTS, also known as the International English language Test. IELTS Online Test is an English language exam that is required to be taken by international candidates or by all those candidates who wish to shift abroad temporarily or permanently. This exam is taken considering the fact that the aspirant wants to study or work in a country where English is the main language of communication. The most popular countries for these are –

#1. The UK

#2. Australia

#3. New Zealand

#4. USA

#5. Canada

There are various measures based on which this exam is taken, most importantly it measures the capabilities of the aspirants to communicate, converse, and properly read and write the English language for which they are deciding to move abroad and settle there.

There are major four basic English language skills that are being tested for this examination and these are –

#1. Listening

#2. Reading

#3. Writing

#4. Speaking

Now, let’s move forward to know more about this examination.

Also Read: How to become good in IELTS speaking task 2?

Can We Change Cue Cards in IELTS?

The IELTS Cue card is an integral part of the IELTS speaking examination. Out of the three tasks for which a candidate is judged for this examination, this is one of them that a candidate who is appearing for the test has to go through. This test requires a series of skills that an individual needs to develop over time to be able to tackle all those effects, the least of which includes him/her thinking on the spot.

For the cue card question, one is provided with a topic that usually contains one main question and along with that, there are 3 or 4 more questions guiding the individual on how to answer that one particular question asked in the beginning. In order to solve this question, the aspirant is provided with a time of one minute in which he/she has to prepare their answer for the test and appear for the test, afterward.

But is it possible that you can change the question for the cue card exam?

Let’s find this out.

Also Read: Section 4 Listening Tips that you should follow in the IELTS

Changing the Topic in IELTS Speaking

No, it is not possible for an individual to ask the examiner to change the topic for the cue card while they have appeared for the speaking part of the examination.

One has to prepare himself/herself for all the possible questions that the examiner could ask them, while in the test. These could be some really easy, interesting, yet common topics asked by the examiner. So, one needs to include them all while they are preparing for the test paper.

For example – If the examiner asks you, “Do you like art?” and your possible answer is – “No, I do not like art.”

This doesn’t mean that the examiner is going to change his question according to your preference, he/she will keep asking you questions on the same topic and your only duty at that point in time is to answer all the questions that you have been asked.

There could be various other common topics upon which the examiner could ask you such questions, and for that, you need to prepare yourself well for the examination.

IELTS Exam Preparation

For the IELTS preparation, one needs to check the IELTS course in order to appear for the IELTS online examination.

So, let’s just find out how one can prepare himself/herself for this examination:

#1.Understand the Test Format

Familiarise yourself with the format of the test by reviewing the test content, as well as the question and task types. Along with this, it is super important to read all the IELTS rules and regulations to know more about the exam.

#2.Sample Test

Another step is to practice as many sample papers as you can. This step is highly important for you to appear in the examination because sample papers help an individual to know about the different types of questions being asked in an examination and there is almost an 80% probability that out of these sample papers, one or two questions might come repeated in the examination as it is.

Therefore, the candidates are advised to practice as many sample papers as they can before appearing for the examination.

#3.Official Practice Test 

The Official practice test is an online practice test marked by the IELTS trained and qualified markers. This test helps an individual in preparing and understanding effectively all the areas where one needs to improve or focus on.

Also Read: Describe a Time When You Needed to Use Imagination: Cue Card for IELTS


now that you have understood everything about the cue card questions and the topics that could appear in your final examination in these sections, what are you waiting for? Just take your study material and start preparing for this test as all the tips provided to you in this piece of information are those that can enhance your IELTS speaking preparation to the next level.

Hopefully, you must have gathered a lot of information with the help of this piece of information and if you have any more doubts, just feel free to comment down below and let us know all about it. Also, for more information, check out our other blogs.

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