IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Basic information on Cue Card

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Today, I would like to tell you about the basics of IELTS Speaking Part 2. It is also called as Cue Card in the IELTS test. In IELTS Speaking test, you will be provided a Cue Card and you have to speak on the given topic.

In this part, you have to deliver a short talk through which the examiner tests your ability to speak continuously for about 2 minutes. They also test your ability to organise your ideas and speak fluently and cohesively.

While forwarding you the cue card, examiner says the below text to you and this will indicate you that part 1 is over and it’s time to speak for the cue card.

“You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.”

Sample Cue Card
Describe a person you admire.
You should say:

  • who the person is
  • what he or she is like
  • how long you have known him/her

and explain why you admire him or her.

You have seen above that a candidate will be asked to speak on the topic such as “Describe a person you admire” and a candidate have to cover all the mentioned four questions in his or her talk.

At last, after you have been asked to stop talking on the card, examiner asks 1-2 questions to round-off this part 2 of the test on what you say on the topic.


  • Read the card carefully.
  • Make notes on each of the separate parts of the task
  • Talk about the topic in the task, answering the questions on the card
  • Stop talking once the examiner indicates that you should
  • Answer the follow-up questions the examiner puts to you


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