IELTS has 4 sections:- Reading, Listening, Speaking, and writing. You have in total 2 and a half hours to complete it. So you have to time each and every section. For the speaking section, the time given is 15 mins. You need to practice a lot to express all the things you want to say about the topic in 11-14 mins. If you think that’s easy, then we must tell you it is not. Many times there are topics that give you no content. So here is the topic that we will cover for you today, one of the Cue Card topics “Describe a situation or a time when you helped someone”. Practice more and practice hard.

Tips for IELTS Exam Speaking Section

To achieve the desired score in the IELTS exam you need to do smart work along with hard work. If you don’t use tricks then you may fall behind in time. Thus, while you are preparing for your IELTS exam, you will be acquainted with so many smart tactics for each of the sections. These smart tactics are used to increase your speed for the exam. So go through the tips given below for the speaking section:

  • Listen to the question carefully
  • Don’t use big or unfamiliar terms
  • Focus on using a broad range of grammatical structures.
  • You can take a pause to think
  • Avoid using fillers like: Like, You know, umm, well
  • Don’t speak in a monotonous tone, use voice modulation
  • Don’t Memorize Answers because the questions are subjective that is unique to individuals

IELTS Cue Card Topic- Describe a Situation or a Time when You Helped Someone

Here is the structured answer, that you can refer to while you are preparing for the IELTS Speaking test:-

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Introduction – Describe a Situation when You Helped Someone

How you open up your 15 mins answer matters a lot in this test.

“According to me, helping is one of the core values that a person should have. Humans as the name suggest, have been known for their helping nature and hence, we all should be helpful wherever possible. I don’t wait for someone to ask for help from me, rather whenever I see a person in need of help, I am the first one to extend a hand. The person whom I helped was an old person, who was sitting all alone in the park staring at the tree. The park was full of birds chirping and children giggling while they played.”

Main Paragraph – Describe a Situation or a Time when You Helped Someone

Here, you need to describe it all. You can continue describing the whole incident that took place. Elaborate on how did you help that person, what kind of resources you need for the help, How did you come out of your comfort zone to help the other person. If you had fear of the thing from which you saved the other person, then you should go ahead with mentioning it.

IELTS Exam Cue Card Answer

I found this odd thing while he was staring at a tree, the odd thing was, he was continuously staring without blinking every second. I noticed it for a few minutes then sensed something fishy. I planned to talk to him so I went close to him. I started a conversation with him, and as I asked him about where he lived. He was totally blank. I realized that he was lost, a thought clicked in my mind about Alzheimer’s disease, and I called the police at the place. The police took over from there to help the old person, find his home.

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Closure – Describe a Situation or a Time when You Helped Someone

After describing the whole incident, you should come to how both the players, that is, you and the person being helped, felt in the situation.

IELTS Exam Cue Card Answer

“ I felt proud of myself that a person needed help and without his request, I was able to help him. I kept taking follow-ups with the police and got in touch with the old person’s family. They thanked me and it was an overwhelming feeling. The old man was so happy to be reunited with his family, and till date, he expresses his gratitude to me And I am still in touch with him. It was such a nice feeling knowing that I saved a family separation”.

Followup IELTS Exam Cue Card Questions

After you have completed your answer, there will be few questions in the examiner’s mind. After you have finished there will be follow-up questions that would be asked from you, so you have to be prepared for it as well. Keep you calm during the follow-up questions and before just shooting your answer listen to the question being asked. Few questions that can be asked from you as follow up questions are –

  1. How can you say that it brought a change in your life?
  2. Are people helpful nowadays?
  3. Can people trust others easily in current times?
  4. What emotions did you feel during the whole incident?
  5. What do you think is the reason behind people’s not helping behaviour?
  6. How can we make people help the other person?

These are a few questions that can be asked. But don’t forget that the question range can exceed it depending on the examiner’s willingness to know more about the incident. So while answering these questions make sure that you answer them confidently.


A speaking section has the same weightage as the other section, but the time given for it is only 15 mins. So you need to practice really hard to cope up with this section. Subjective questions are asked in this section like ”Describe a situation or a time when you helped someone”. To answer this question you need to cater to the main 4 questions:- “Who was the person”  “What was the situation?” “How did you help them?” and “How did you feel after helping them?”. After describing these you will get a few follow up questions from the examiner.

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