21. IELTS Speaking sample -
Describe a time when you forgot something important
This cue card is related to “Time description” topic and asking you to “Describe a time when you forgot something important.”
Another related IELTS Speaking sample cue card is to “Describe a time when you borrowed something“, and asking some questions related to this topic.
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Describe a time when you forgot something important.
You should say:
- – when it happened
- – what you forgot
- – who you were with
- – what was the result of your forgetting
- – and explain why it was important.
Describe a time when you borrowed something.
You should say:
- – what you borrowed
- – who you borrowed it from
- – what you used it for (how it was useful to you)and explain why you borrowed it.
Band 9.0 Sample Answer Ideas.
• I think there are many situations in my life where I have forgotten something.
• Today, I’d like to talk about an incident when I forgot my documents and it led to an unnecessary delay in my passport application.
• I had recently applied for a new passport as my old one had got expired.
• The process of getting a new passport usually takes a month, it starts with filling an online application. After that one has to visit the Passport office for document verification. Finally, we get the passport after police verification.
• I got the appointment within few days of filling my application form, so I started to collect all my documents like birth certificate, mark sheets and address proof.
• My appointment was scheduled for 9 in the morning so I collated all my documents into a folder, night before the appointment.
• While I was putting the documents together my mother called me for dinner and I forgot to include my birth certificate in the folder.
• I did not realise it until the next day when the passport officer asked me about it.
• I started to panic thinking I have lost my birth certificate
• Then I called my mother at home and asked her to look for it inside my bedroom.
• She found it on my study table and I got a sigh of relief
• I requested the officer if I could go back home and bring my birth certificate but he did not give me the permission and told me to schedule the appointment for another day and make sure I bring all the documents next time.
• Finally, I reached home but to my dismay there was no appointment available for next one month and I cursed myself for forgetting my birth certificate
• I needed the passport urgently to book my IELTS exam, but because of this issue I had to postpone my plans.
• I have finally received my passport now.
• I have also learnt an important lesson that I should never forget important things.
Another Band 9.0 Sample Ideas.
Today I am going to share with you the time when I forgot something important/ I (once) borrowed something useful.
It happened a few months ago when I had to attend an important exam for my accounting qualification.
The test strictly required candidates to use black ball point pen to write the paper.
I was sure that morning when I left for the exam that I had put two pens in my backpack.
However, I was not sure of their ink colors. So by the time I reached the examination hall, I quickly opened my backpack to check.
To my surprise, they were both blue pens. This could have resulted in my answer booklet being disqualified and I would have had to retake the exam.
Since the exam was held twice a year only, this mistake would not only have cost me valuable time but also a lot of money for the upcoming exams.
In panic, I looked around to see any familiar face to ask for help; however, I did not see anyone but the examiner. I took a deep breath and decided to ask him if he had a spare black pen that I could borrow.
Luckily, he did. He was willing to lend me one and did not forget to remind me about the regulation.
I was relieved and ready to sit my exam, thanks to a kind examiner.
disqualified: [verb] prevent somebody from doing something, because they have broken the regulations.
- Example: The police stopped the man in his car. He had been drinking and driving and he was disqualified from driving for 3 years.
upcoming: [adjective] something which is upcoming is going to happen soon.
- Example: Japan is preparing for the upcoming Olympic Games in 2020.
panic: [noun] a sudden feeling of fear.
- Example: As the fire spread through the school, the students ran out in panic.
breath: [noun] an amount of air which enters your lungs at one time.
- Example: He can count from 1 to 20 in one breath.
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