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IELTS Speaking Part 2: Cue card; describe a situation when you celebrated an achievement; with ideas, discussion, notes, model answer & part 3 questions

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Cue card; describe a situation when you celebrated an achievement; with ideas, discussion, notes, model answer & part 3 questions

This IELTS speaking part 2 topic is a very recent one that appeared in the exam, and it is quite an easy topic card to talk about. We often celebrate different achievements in our life to make it more special and memorable. The title of the topic card can be  ‘Describe a situation when you celebrated an achievement’ or ‘Talk about an achievement that you celebrated’. You will find some discussions, ideas, notes, a model answer, and some part 3 questions on the given topic card. Hopefully, this sample answers will help you to prepare for the cue card and some other cards as well.

Let’s have a look at the topic card first:

Quick Tips for answering this cue card topic:

Firstly, to answer this kind of topic card, you need to think about any achievements that are related to your life. You can, for example, think about:

A most important tip for you:

In most cases, we celebrate any achievement by throwing a big or small party. We need to think of something unique which can dazzle the examiner so that he/she can give you good marks. Always remember that examiners take many interviews each day and they are familiar with how candidates talk. Therefore, any unusual answer will make them interested in you. So, it is better to avoid ‘result celebration’ as many candidates before you might have already talked about them.

In this case, you can talk about ‘a job promotion celebration’ which is unexpected and different in general sense.

For this reason, I have given a sample answer on ‘a promotion celebration’.

Now, let’s arrange the topic card. Then, we can look into the model answer.

Here I present you some of the important points or notes which you can choose to answer this cue card:

Think about every point in the cue card and arrange some ideas quickly.

1. kind of the achievement and celebration: a promotion celebration

Let’s think that you have been invited to a celebration. Suppose that you’ve invited your friends, family members, and relatives to the celebration as this is a great achievement in your life.

2. The location of the party: your own house

Let’s say that it was a big house with a large garden area beside the house. Think about some points like big space, excellent decoration, outdoor place, fresh air, natural touch.

3. People who attended: your colleagues, friends, relatives, etc.

Let’s say that you invited your family members, some of your uncles’ and aunts’ families, your colleagues.

4. Description of what you did: Suppose, you didn’t just host the party. You did a lot of fun with your cousins and, at the same time, maintained the reception. You received special guests and talked to them as they wished you for your success. You also helped your cousins and friends in serving the food and drinks. You also took some photos and did some other stuff.

Did the notes help you?

Let’s have a look at the model answer:

Thank you for this topic card. I’m really delighted to have this card because just a couple of weeks ago I celebrated a special achievement in my life by arranging a party. I’m going to talk about it now.

It was my job promotion celebration. I work for a multinational company which works in several countries around the world. Recently, I have been promoted from Junior Account Officer to Senior Account Officer. I was hopeful about it as my boss informed me a couple of months ago about the possibility of getting a promotion soon. I was delighted when he gave me the news and wished me personally. I have a very close bond with my colleagues and my boss and I felt honored and delighted to get the news.

I got this promotion after attending a special promotion exam where I achieved the highest mark. There was also a survey on the 2-year performance in the Accounts Department which was conducted by the Headquarter of our company. I procured second place there too.  As a result, it was quite obvious that I would get my well-expected promotion and my colleagues told me to be sure about it. When I got my promotion letter I talked to my parents about throwing the party and decided that I would celebrate this achievement at my house. I contacted one of the local party organizing clubs and hired them to decorate and manage the party. I invited all my colleagues, my close friends and some of my relatives.

On the party day evening, I and my family members dressed accordingly and started waiting for everyone to join us. The party was arranged in the large garden beside my house. The garden area looked very beautiful for the decoration work. My parents love the green color very much and the place was decorated according to their tasteful choice. It also looked really natural. The environment of the evening was cool with a gentle breeze and it offered a natural view.

The people who attended the party were mostly familiar to me. Most of them were my close relatives like uncles’ and aunties’ families. I met some of my cousins whom I had met a long time ago. Many of them were of my age and we literally screamed when we met after such a long time. Nobody mind about it because my family was excited too. I also met many of my colleagues. Some of them were the senior people from my workplace. They gave a smile at me and wished me for the success and I nodded at them. It was a wonderful evening to meet all the lovely faces.

I did some important works as well as some fun at the party. I took pictures and selfies with my family members, uncles, aunties, their families, my friends and my colleagues at the selfie stand. I also helped the party organisers in serving food and drinks to the guests. I thought it was important to help everyone at the party. Most of the guests presented me with many gifts and wished me all the best for my new position. Some of my uncles, aunties and my senior colleagues gave me some important advice about my new job responsibilities. Overall, I enjoyed the party very much. I’ll surely remember it for a long time.  

Thank you.

Part 3 questions:

Here are model answers to some other topic cards for your preparation:

A sport or exercise that you do for fitness

Describe a handsome person you know

Describe someone you know who does something well

Describe a situation when you were late

Describe an important decision made by you

Describe the best gift or present you have received

Describe something that helps you concentrate 

Describe when someone gave you something you really wanted

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