IELTS Cue Cards

  • By Kanan Team
  • 03-08-2022
IELTS Speaking Cue Cards

The Cue card is the second task in the IELTS speaking test. You have to speak and communicate clearly based on the topic given in the cue card. The overall duration of the IELTS Speaking test falls between 11 - 14 minutes. It is also known as the individual long-turn test. 

What is a Cue Card ?

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

You will get 1 minute to prepare for the particular topic and questions given in the IELTS cue card. And, you have to speak for two minutes continuously until the examiner asks you to stop. This speaking test duration goes about 2-3 minutes and finally the examiner will give follow up questions based on the given topic.

List of Expected IELTS Cue Card Topics

You can find the latest IELTS cue card topics given below. Check each of the cue card model answers to improve your articulation and speaking skills. And, you can get used to the format of the speaking test.

These recent IELTS cue card topics 2022 help with your IELTS speaking preparation. It improves your speaking skills required for attaining a 7.5+ band score. We also update cue cards regularly. 


On this page, you have got a list of "IELTS cue cards" provided by IELTS experts. You can improve your English speaking skills with the help of our cue card model answers. Our sample answers 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 the 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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