The average speaking time should not be less than 1 minute and not more than 2 minutes, exceeding the time instructed by the examiner to stop. When you get a cue card and how cue cards work will be discussed in this blog.

The topic discussed in this blog is, Describe a time when you changed your opinion. This topic is a probable IELTS exam question.

IELTS Exam Speaking Test Format

The Speaking Test takes between 11 and 14 minutes and consists of an interview between a qualified and accredited interviewer and the test taker.

General questions about themselves and a variety of familiar topics such as their home, family, career, studies and interests are answered by test takers. (Minutes 4-5)

You are given 1 minute by the examiner to prepare yourself to talk about a particular subject for the IELTS Speaking portion of your IELTS test. This subject is going to be called a cue. The topic of the cue card and directions on the subject are written as a reference.  Here is a sample that you can refer to;

Introduce – Describe a Time when You Changed Your Opinion

Begin by establishing and introducing the theme of what you are speaking of. How would you do this?



I believe it is very difficult for certain people to change one’s mind.

But I think it’s a lot better than being stuck and being stubborn and obstinate.

I have changed my opinions on numerous things.

I don’t do it quickly, though.

When’s that been?


Only when I am confronted with, or I come across an argument that I find factually accurate and that contradicts my previous convictions, do I change my opinion.

The importance of history was a view I modified a few years ago.

What was the Opinion in the Original?

Giving an example is a great way to instil interest and cover speaking time.


I believed deeply in my youth that learning history was a waste of time.

It doesn’t teach us anything, and it simply takes time away from really useful subjects like science and math.

But my history teacher opened my eyes to the marvellous world of history when I reached 10th grade. She linked each historical incident to the current situation. She told us how policymakers and administrators could help navigate a specific situation by reading history or analysing history.

If we pay attention to history, we will lead to plenty of better lives.

She has also shed light on our shared Indian practises and their historical roots.

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Why has this Opinion Changed?

It made me aware that rituals for satisfying elders are far more than just simplistic practises followed.

For example, water is preserved in copper vessels as the copper ions dissolve in water and purify the ions. Some traditions actually have scientific backing.

Explain How You Felt about it and Your Current Feelings

My interest in history and my opinion about history being useless to have changed with each lesson.

Now, rather than condemn historical education, I support it ardently.

Prepare for Follow Up Questions

Here are some examples of follow-up questions that you might get asked during your Part 3 speech by the cue cards related examiner for “describe a time when you changed your opinion”.

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  1. Do Kids Like Changing their Minds?

I assume they do, but for them, it’s difficult. Children are more emotional than adults, I believe, and this means they develop an emotion-based opinion. In turn, emotional decisions are very difficult to change and when we change them, it damages our ego.

  1. Why Are People Changing Their Views?

When they find conflicting facts against their previously held belief, people change their views. They suffer from guilt if they do not change, and so, although they will resist at first, they slowly change.

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  1. Who are Teenagers Looking to for Advice?

I assume that young people primarily turn to family or authority figures, such as teachers and school counsellors, for guidance. Some young people often look to their counterparts for advice. Who they turn to for advice depends on the subject involved and the importance of decisions in their lives.

Key Pointers

Fluency and coherence refer to the ability to speak with regular levels of continuity, rate and effort, and to shape coherent, linked speech by linking ideas and language together. Speech rate and speech continuity are the main measures of fluency.

You must prove your coherency. Logical ordering of sentences; consistent marking of stages in a discourse, plot or argument; and the use of coherent devices (e.g. connectors, pronouns and conjunctions) between and within sentences are the primary indicators of coherence.


Other Topics

Some other Cue cards that may be asked in the IELTS include –

  • Describe a prize that you received
  • Describe a time when you first talked in a foreign language
  • Describe a good decision you made recently
  • Describe an event you attended in which you didn’t like the music played
  • Describe an ambition that you have for a long time

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