The IELTS speaking part involves a series of cue card questions and it requires an individual to think of the best answers that they could present in front of the examiner.

There could be “n” number of questions that could be asked in the examination from an individual for this part. And all they have is a minute to think about the best possible answers to preset their examiner with. For that, one needs to study extremely hard and search as many topics as they can for the paper.

Today, we’ll be talking about one such question and its best possible answers that you can make use of in the examination. This question is – “Describe a time when you were in trouble”

Cue Card Questions and Sample Answers

The IELTS speaking part consists of a lot of cue card topics. To answer such questions like the one given above, one must keep in mind the following points:

#1. What type of trouble it was?

#2. How did you get yourself into it?

#3. How did you handle it?

Describe a Time When You Were in Trouble – IELTS Cue Card Sample One

Life is extremely difficult for some people and oftentimes, people land themselves into some kind of trouble – coming out of which seems impossible or extremely difficult.

Today, I’ll be sharing my story where I landed myself in one such trouble and I was unable to remember the lines I read on books against a particular question.

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What Type of Trouble It Was?

Last December, I had to appear in the semester examinations of my college and it was difficult for me to cross the barriers as the questions were extremely hard for me to answer. It was a literature examination and I had to answer some of the extremely critical questions about the history of English literature.

All the questions in the examination were about the writing style, plots, relation with the history of the modern days, and many more. I had studied so much for this exam and was extremely well-read and prepared for all the types of questions that could be asked in the examination. To my surprise, almost all the questions were out of the syllabus and it caused great trouble to all the students, especially me.

How Did You Get Yourself Into It?

I still remember that I was not well before the examination but tried my best to cover each and everything that was possible for me to do. I failed to communicate with my friends or classmates because of which I was completely unaware of the texts and suggestions for the exam. The course was titled – English Literature-Contemporary & Old Texts. The course material was there with me but I was not sure of how to study and what all things do I had to cover back then. So, it was difficult for me to decide what to do or how to do it, and I was in great trouble in the exam hall.

How did You Handle It?

I tried my best to answer all the questions that were there in the exam paper. I tried to relate the events together and there it was when I was able to answer most of the questions. I was so scared after seeing the paper but when I tried my best to take out the possible answers to all the questions after relating all the events – I was able to do it and I did that at that time and answered at least 42 questions out of 50.

After the examination was over, I went out and cross-checked everything with my teachers and classmates and that’s when I realized that 40 out of those 42 were absolutely correct. I was extremely happy. Though couldn’t manage to get an A grade that time but I was satisfied with the B that I got.

IELTS Speaking Cue Card Sample Topics 2021

Describe an advertisement that you remember

Describe a special day that made you happy

Describe a product made in the region you come from

Describe a person to whom you admire

Describe an application that is made on artificial intelligence

Describe an interesting conversation with someone

Talk about an unforgettable bike trip you had

Describe a time when you were encountered with a wild animal

Talk about a meal you enjoyed

Talk about a pandemic you witnessed

Describe an interesting ritual of your country

Describe a time when you had to wait long in a queue

Describe a time when you made a promise to someone

IELTS Exam Cue Card Sample Topics 2021

Describe an aquatic animal

Describe a time when you needed to use your imagination

Describe a special hotel you stayed in

Describe a short journey you often take but did not like

Describe an exhibition you often visited

Describe a person who wears unusual cloth

Describe an interesting conversation you had with someone

Describe a place you like to visit but do not like to stay there

Describe a time when you were in trouble

Describe a time you helped someone

Talk about a situation when you had to stay indoor

Describe a dream you want to fulfill

Describe a polite person you know

Describe an incident that changed your opinion

Describe an old person you know

Describe a Time When You Were in Trouble РIELTS Cue Card Sample Two 

Sometimes, it is that no matter what you do or how hard you try to make things work out in your favour – they just don’t. And then all you’re left with is either regret or some great harm that you have to bear.

One such similar thing happened with me last to last year. Today, I’ll be sharing that with you to let you know all about it.

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What Type of Trouble It Was?

It was Friday that day and I was supposed to attend office before 9:00 A.M. for an extremely important meeting but I was late. It was not my fault but the unwanted traffic congestion that made me late.

What happened that day was that I had an extremely important meeting in my office and as a manager, I had to be there to talk to that party which was coming in our office with such a big contract. I woke up at 6 A.M. and it usually takes me an hour to reach my workplace every day. So, by 7:45, I was out of my house. But the traffic that day – Oh My God! It was horrific. It took me more than 2 hours to reach my workplace that day.

And as I had expected, the meeting was over and the party had gone out without signing the contract with us.

How Did You Get Yourself Into It?

I worked as the manager for a local medical company dealing with importing some foreign medicines into India. On that day, an important meeting was slated to be held where some big shots were about to appear with their proposals to work with us jointly in the market.

It was my duty to prepare a presentation for our clients but due to the great traffic of Delhi, I could not reach the venue in time and the party went without signing the contract with us.

It all happened because there was an accident between the two buses and because of that the entire road was blocked and it took about two hours to clear the obstacles and make the road suitable for vehicular movement.

How Did You Handle It?

The parties who came to attend the meeting left the venue before I reached the office and everyone was unhappy with me and they blamed me for the failure of such a big contract. So, I decided to go to the parties’ office and described to them the reason for my being late and presented a presentation to them. They really liked my presentation and were so happy that they agreed to give us their contract and the next ten contracts as well.

Conclusion

Many times, we have to face situations where things seem so difficult and it all looks like a kind of puzzle – coming out of which is extremely difficult. But at such times, all we need to do is stay calm and think positively so that we can think about a great and easy solution for it.

So, the next time you’re face-to-face with any such situation, all you need to do is to be calm enough so that you can find a solution to it. Similarly, whenever in the examination if you’re asked such kind of cue card questions, just take a minute and think calmly to find out the best solutions to it.

Also, if you want to know the answers to more such possible questions, check out other blogs on our site.

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