A speaking section in the IELTS exam is the easiest one if you have understood the whole structure of it. But for this section, make sure you understand and practice to get used to how to frame the answer to score good marks in this section.
For this section in the IELTS exam, you only get 15 mins and in this, you need to express yourself on the topic given to you and answer the follow-up questions. Along with the topic given to you, you will be getting follow-up questions to answer, once you have finished talking.
Here, in this section, you will be made understood about how to prepare the answer in practice sessions and in the main exam through providing you how to answer the cue card topics.
So, let’s look at the sample IELTS cue card topic “Describe a long Car Journey you went on’ and how you can answer it.
Points to Remember for the IELTS Exam Speaking Section Cue Card Topics
If you think that the speaking section only evaluates your English Fluency, then we would like to clarify that it is only one aspect of it. Along with this, you are evaluated in other aspects as well. The other components that you are assessed are:-
- Use of a wide range of grammatical range
- Use of vocabulary
- Use of idioms
- Focus on pronunciation
- Voice modulation
And the things you should avoid while you are answering the questions are:-
- Don’t Memorize
- Avoid Using high Vocabulary
- Don’t speak in one monotone, use voice modulation
- Don’t use fillers like, Umm, Ahh, take pauses instead.
How to Answer Cue Card Topics in the IELTS Exam?
To express yourself on the given cue card topic you should prepare the answer by dividing it into 3 parts:- Introduction, Main Body and Closure. While practising you should keep these points in mind and try making improvements with each of the practice sessions you take. If you miss out on these points, you should repeat it again and include these points in your description as these are of utmost importance.
Introduction – Describe a Long Car Journey You went On
When you are collecting all the points to speak in an introduction you should start with how you feel about travelling. Then talk about where you went, was the destination your favourite or what was good about that place.
IELTS Exam Cue Card Topic Answer Module
“I am a traveller and an explorer. I am very fond of travelling and travelling is like a stress buster for me. Travelling for me is a way of venting out all the gloomy feeling, I am not able to express. This is a technique of catharsis for me. I like solo trips but trips with my friends have been the best till now. I enjoy it a lot when I go out with my friends. So, here I will quote an incident where I went on a long drive with my friends in the car. Not only am I fond of Traveling, but I am also fond of driving and I consider myself to be a good driver. This was a sudden plan for a long drive, that we all friends decided in a time span of 15 minutes.”
Main Body of IELTS Exam Cue Card Topic Answer Module
For the main part of the cue card answer, you have to describe the scenario. Why can you keep your answer around the questions ” What you did at this place”, “ Who you went there with”.
Main Body- Describe a Long Car Journey You went On
“It was a sudden plan but we ended up visiting Jaipur. As we haven’t been to Jaipur earlier, this long drive came out to be a good adventurous journey. We all took snacks in between to eat and after we reached the place we were of the thought “What to do now”. But as we were all friends, we came it through and decided on a plan. We went roaming here and there. In Jaipur, We spent all day roaming and enjoying most of it and creating memories.”
Closure – Describe a Long Car Journey You went On
To close your description, you can explain why you went on that journey by car.
“ There was no particular reason why we went to Jaipur, I was with my friends so I didn’t care where we were heading to. As long as I was creating memories with them, it was fun. We didn’t decide the destination, and we were going with the flow. This was not the first time that we went on a long drive without any destination. We all prefer these kinds of drives and when we plan our journey, we end up fighting on various topics like” Where to Go”, “How to go” and “ What all things to pack”. So We prefer not to plan and just sit in the car and start our new journey and decide while we are on the road.”
Follow Up Questions for Cue Card Topics
As briefed earlier in this section, You will get follow up questions after you end your answer. In follow-up questions, nothing is guaranteed, but usually, you get generic questions and sometimes you get specific questions related to what you said in the description.
So, here are a few follow-up questions that you can get to answer. And keep in mind that if you have memorized another person’s answer then it will be difficult for you to answer these questions, so it is advised to give your individual answer without memorizing other persons.
Follow up questions:-
- Why do you like Solo Trips?
- What’s the difference between men’s and women’s preference for cars?
- What are the differences between bicycles and private cars?
- Will you prefer a booked car or you borrow from your friends and why?
- When you plan such a trip what factors do you keep in mind?
Speaking test in IELTS is an easy section once you learn how to structure your answer and what things to avoid. Examiners do not assess you only on the basis of one component but there are other components as well, that are explained above. Try the structure of the cue card topic:- Describe a long car journey you went on, as described above.