IELTS Cue Card


There are four parts of the IELTS test: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. These parts are further divided into various tasks. And the IELTS cue card is just another part of the IELTS speaking test. This part of the speaking test is about 2 to 3 minutes long. The candidate has to describe the topic given on the task card.

What is IELTS Cue Card?

The IELTS cue card is second part of speaking test in which test taker is given a task card and then they have to speak on it for 2 minutes.  

The IELTS cue card test is also officially called IELTS task card. Basically, the candidate receives a task card in this test. The cue card will come with a topic and suggestions on what to say about the topic. 

The candidate will have about 1 minute to form their response and after that, the candidate has to speak for up to 2 minutes on the topic. 

Once the 2 minutes are up, the IELTS examiner will ask a question or two on the same topic and then move to the third part of the speaking section. 

Moreover, the candidate may also make notes on what, and how they are going to talk about the topic. 

IELTS Speaking Section

The speaking section of the IELTS exam checks the test taker’s ability to speak in English. The test will be about 11 to 14 minutes long, and during the test, the candidate will be discussing various topics with the IELTS examiner. 

The candidate will take the IELTS speaking test in a quiet room so that they can speak without being disturbed. Since it is a speaking test, the IELTS examiner also examines the accent of the candidate, and so is better able to score the candidate. 

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IELTS Cue Card: An Overview


IELTS Cue Card Topic List

The IELTS cue card or task card contains only one topic and the candidate cannot change the topic. They have to speak on the topic in the given time limit. 


In the image above, only some of the IELTS task card topics are covered. Actually, there are a lot of topics on which the IELTS task card may be based on. The bottom line is, the candidate needs to speak their mind on the topic and form a sensible response. 

How to Prepare for IELTS Task Card?

  • Keep focus on the main topics
  • Bullet points are for help only not the topic itself
  • Organize your thoughts better by taking notes
  • Use complex words only if it feels necessary
  • Try to pronounce sentences clearly
  • Don’t answer in too short sentences 
  • Try to answer all the questions that the examiner asks 
  • Avoid answering in one words

What is cue card in IELTS?

The cue cards in IELTS are used to measure the speaking ability of the candidate. The candidate has 1 minute to form a response and then they have to speak on the topic given in the IELTS task card for about 1 or 2 minutes. After the time is up, the IELTS examiner further asks the candidate some questions on the same topic. 

How to answer cue cards in IELTS?

To answer or describe the cue cards in IELTS, the candidate should first start thinking clearly about the given topic. If required, the candidate may write down some notes to form a better response. 

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Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati’s specialty lies in Canadian immigration matters along with crafting helpful, user-oriented content.

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