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[7+] Describe a competition you would like to take part in IELTS Cue-Card

In Describe a competition you would like to take part in Cue Card, you should say:

  1. What kind of competition it is?
  2. What would you do in this competition?
  3. Why does this competition interest you?
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Here are the band 7+ sample answers to Describe a competition you would like to take part in IELTS Speaking Cue Card:

Sample Answer 1

Introducing a competition you would like to take part in

  • I have dreamed of participating in some international competition since childhood. Back then, I took part in various state-level competitions and had been quite successful.
  • So today, I would love to talk about my aspiration of participating in a world-level competition.

What kind of competition it is?

  • “Olympics” is what I’m talking about!
  • It is a major international multi-sport event normally held once every four years.
  •  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) organises the Games and oversees the host city’s preparations. In each Olympic event, gold medals are awarded for first place, silver medals are awarded for second place, and bronze medals are awarded for third place.
  • Unquestionably, it is regarded as the largest and most prestigious international competition in the world.

What would you do in this competition?

  • I would like to take part in Badminton. I know the basics of badminton well, and my fitness level and reflexes are quite good.
  • Moreover, I’ve been playing this game for the last 10-12 years.
  • I have played and clinched Gold twice at state level. So I am fully confident that with some hardcore practice, I can qualify for the Olympics.

Why does this competition interest you?

  • Taking part in the Olympic Games is every player’s dream, and requires huge amounts of determination and long years of training.
  • It is a kind of platform where only world-class athletes come and compete. That’s the reason why it’s been on my wishlist.
  • Moreover, if I talk about Badminton, Players qualify for the Olympic Games through their world rankings, based on their performances in such events as the Thomas Cup, the Uber Cup, the World Championships, Grand Prix events and other international and continental championships. 

Concluding the Cue Card

  • In the end, I would like to say that competitions play a huge role in motivating youngsters to perform and excel and offer a lot more reward than just the winning prize.
  • A sport like Badminton offers a chance for participants to gain substantial experience, showcase skills, analyze and evaluate outcomes and uncover personal aptitude.
  • However, the best part is competitions invoke the competitive spirit to adopt innovative techniques and develop new ideas.

Sample Answer 2

When I was in school, I participated in a variety of competitions. But today I’d like to tell you about a competition in which I’ve always been an audience member and would like to participate.

The competition I’m referring to is a Drawing contest. Every year, an art and craft show is held in my hometown. This was organised by the local Club in December. Other competitions such as mono-acting, poetry reciting, flower arranging, salad decoration, and painting were also organised.

Individuals were permitted to participate via schools that could send their pupils. My classmate took part in the tournament and won first place. The award was a wonderful trophy and a copy of Nobel laureate Rabinder Nath Tagore’s book “Gitanjali.”

Drawing and painting are two of my favourite pastimes. So I’d like to enter a drawing competition to show off my abilities. Because the organisers will provide everything, I only need to focus on displaying my creativity through sketches.

Finally, I’d like to say that this is a competition in which I would enthusiastically participate.

Video Credits: Taking part in Olympic competition by CBC Sports


Following are the probable Describe a competition you would like to take part in follow up questions that may be asked by the examiner in Speaking Part-3 of the test:

1. What kinds of people are competitive?

People who are very critical of themselves, and expect their best at all times are most competitive. These people set goals and strive for goals but in doing so are often trying so hard to finish the race that they don’t allow themselves to even enjoy the journey. People with a competitive personality often compare themselves to others, especially those whom they know personally.


I believe that everyone wants to compete and evaluate where they stand in comparison to others. However, other people are self-assured and desire to compete more frequently. Some people are unsure but are coerced into participating in competitions by their parents or teachers. Many people lose their competitive spirit because they are afraid of losing. Many people only realise their full ability after competing.

2. What kind of activities/competitions people like to take part in?

There are all sorts of activities people love to participate in. For instance, youngsters can be seen taking part in adventure sports like mountain climbing, Bungee jumping, Dirt biking etc. whereas, older people participate in subtle chess, poetry, reading, and writing competitions. In short, the answer to this question is more subjective in nature and depends on the type of personality.


People like competing in singing, dancing, drawing, sports, quizzes, and a variety of other activities. It all depends on what people are interested in. People who are interested in physical fitness, for example, may compete in marathons, weight lifting, or other sports.

3. What kinds of competitions are popular in your hometown?

My hometown is mostly famous for Kabaddi tournaments. Participants from all over the world take part in the game and show their skills. Besides Kabaddi, Cricket and Hockey are two other hyper-competitive sports that have gained massive popularity in my city during the last decade or so.


In my hometown, there are numerous tournaments. During the yearly environmental festival, there are competitions in various activities such as weight lifting, dance, painting, sketching, science presentation, essay writing competition, debates, and so on. Dog exhibitions and competitions are very popular in my hometown.

4. Why do you think there are many competition programs on TV today?

I think this is largely because people feel attached to the competitive programs. By watching contestants make poor decisions, viewers develop their own opinions or thoughts while studying them in different situations. That’s why the love of people generates high revenue return potential and production value. So I think every other producer is turning to reality TV shows nowadays.


For starters, people enjoy watching competitive shows, and the majority of these shows have extremely high TRP ratings. Second, these shows are less expensive to create and more profitable because producers earn money from text messaging and phone calls in addition to commercials. They don’t require as much planning or scripting as other shows, and they have a better probability of success.



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Rajit K.

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