In the IELTS Speaking test, you will be given exactly 1 minute to prepare yourself to talk about a particular speaking topic and this topic is called the IELTS Cue card or Candidate Task Card. The instructions to guide your talk are written on a card given to you by the examiner. Your talk should last for approximately 2 minutes until the examiner asks you to stop. The examiner will ask one or two questions at the end.
The cue card questions task lasts for 3-4 minutes – including a preparation time of 1 minute. During the one minute that is given to you in the IELTS speaking exam to prepare you are expected to put down your thoughts and points and then start speaking. You do not have time to write the whole speech down so practice to be articulate and put your thoughts in proper order and not mess up the number. Read through expected cue cards and sample answers as they give you ready points and leverage over time.
Describe a Good Decision that You recently Made
You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish. There are certain prompts and cues for answering this cue card. They are:
- What it was
- When you made it
- What the result was
- And explain how you felt about it
Given below is a model answer for reference.
Introduction – Describe a Good Decision that You recently Made
Undoubtedly it is true that decisions play a vital role in our lives. One right decision makes life: on the other hand, one wrong decision can spoil one’s future. The Corona Pandemic has slowed down life considerably. In fact, during the first few days after the lockdown was announced, everyone took it very seriously. People stayed home and stayed safe but the sudden standstill to the lives of the people was also harming everyone in some way or the other.
What was it?
The decision was about the study of all children of society during the lockdown. We all know very well that for security reasons, the government had to close all education institutes. This affects children’s study. So I suggested one thing to all parents of our society, that was to start tuition classes to continue children’s studies.
When you Made It?
I made this decision in the first month of the lockdown. All supported my decision. I requested those persons who are well educated to teach children, and luckily all were ready to do it. Now they teach all subjects to society children from 10 am to 2 pm.
I also arranged sitting arrangements so that they can study without any tension.
What was the Result?
I feel thrilled as I see everything is on the track as I decide. Children are studying properly, and their parents are pleased and satisfied. My decision not only helped the children but also gave the educated people in the community to do something instead of staying home and waiting for the pandemic to end.
It cannot be reiterated more but do not underestimate this test as it really is not as easy as it seems. Many earlier students have complained that they had approached the IELTS speaking test with the intention of winging it on the spot but they ended up fumbling in between or stopping without the examiner telling them to as they ran out of content to say.
Generally, you need to speak until your examiner tells you to stop. On average the time is around 3-4 minutes. Practice speaking about any topic of your area of interest that you can pick and speak for as long as you can. Time yourself to see if you can speak for at least 4 minutes before you run out of things to say.
During the one minute that is given to you in the IELTS speaking exam to prepare, you are expected to put down your thoughts and points and then start speaking. You do not have time to write the whole speech down so practice to be articulate and put your thoughts in proper order and do not mess up the number. Read through expected cue cards and sample answers as they give you ready points and leverage over time.