Dinesh Pandiyan

updated on 06-03-2023


IELTS Speaking Cue Card Samples with Answers

IELTS Speaking Cue Cards

The Cue Card is the second task of the IELTS speaking test. In this task, you have to speak and communicate clearly based on the given IELTS cue card topic. You can prepare for 1 minute before starting to speak. Some candidates commonly mistake the alphabet 'q' for 'cue' card. Cue is referred to the topic given in the cue card.

What is a Cue Card?

"In IELTS Examination, you will be given an IELTS cue card, also known as a task card, which consists of 3-4 questions and instructions are provided to guide you through how to answer the questions". You do not have the option to change the topic, but you will be given 1 minute of preparation time to generate ideas to speak in an appropriate manner. You will get paper and a pencil to note down the points so that you can remember them while you speak.

In the IELTS cue card test, you have to speak for two minutes continuously until the examiner asks you to stop. The IELTS speaking part 2 duration goes about 2-3 minutes, including the 1 minute preparation time. You have to prepare and practice cue card topics well to prevent score deduction. 

List of Expected IELTS Cue Card Topics

We have provided different categories of IELTS cue card topics, below. These topics are frequently asked in the cue card test in 2021 and 2022. You can expect these topics in the IELTS Examination 2023. Practising the given cue card in your preparation can develop your speaking and articulation skills.



Cities/ Country


Daily routine




Family & Friends






Hometown / Home

Law and order 


Music/ Movies 



Famous personalities

Reading/ book 





Social media 




Travel/ transport


Goal/ prize 


These latest IELTS speaking cue cards help with your IELTS speaking preparation. We are updating the cue cards regularly. Most candidates benefitted from cue cards in 2021 and 2022. We hope you will get a better band score on the IELTS speaking cue cards in 2023.

IELTS Syllabus for Speaking Test

The IELTS speaking module is common for both Academic tests and general training tests. The speaking test will be conducted for 12-15 minutes in 3 parts. The sections are designed in a way to evaluate your speaking skills. The 3 sections are,

Part 1 - Introduction: In this speaking section, you will be introducing yourself to the examiner. The examiner might ask few additional questions to know more about you. This section extends for 4-5 minutes. 

Part 2 - Speaking cue card: In this section, you will be given a cue card topic and asked to speak on the particular topic for 3-4 minutes. This is a long-run speech, where you will be speaking without any examiner interpretation after 1 minute of preparation time. You have to cover all the questions given in the cue card.

Part 3 - Follow-up questions: This will be an interactive session, where the examiner will question you about the topic spoken in part 2. This session commences for 4-5 minutes.


On this page, you have got a list of "IELTS cue card" provided by IELTS experts. You can improve your English speaking skills with the help of our cue card samples. It can  prepare you for both individual long-turn test and in-depth discussion.


1. Do IELTS cue cards repeat?

Every 4 months, IELTS cue card changes. 50% of topics are replaced every April, September and December. 

2. Can I choose the cue card topic?

No, students cannot be able to choose the cue card topic for themselves. Examiner will give a cue card to the candidate to speak. So, it is important to prepare in all possible ways to crack the IELTS Speaking test. 

3. Which tense is used in the IELTS Speaking cue card?

Usually, in IELTS cue cards, the tense of the topic refers to the past. So, it would be better to speak in the past tense while describing the topic.

4. Is it OK to go off-topic in the IELTS speaking test?

Yes, it is okay. Your score will not be affected if you add more information that is not on your IELTS cue card. 

5. Can I retake IELTS Speaking only?

In whatever section, you feel that you scored less and want to retake. You need to retake the full IELTS examination (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), it is not possible to retake only one section. 

6. Is eye contact important in IELTS speaking?

The examiner will assess your English language proficiency and communication skills, not your physical gestures or body language. So, there is no need to maintain eye contact with an examiner and you can see wherever you feel comfortable while speaking.

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