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Describe a difficult decision that you once made [Cue Card]

In Describe a difficult decision that you once made IELTS Speaking cue card, you’ll be asked to speak about a hard decision that you made in your life. You should say:

☑️ What the decision was?

☑️ When you made the decision?

☑️ How long did it take you to make the decision?

☑️ Explain why it was a difficult decision to make?
NOTEYou have one minute to think about what you are going to say, then you’ll have to talk about the topic for one-to-two minutes. A paper and a pencil will be given so that you can make some notes if you wish.

For easier understanding, I have divided this IELTS Speaking Cue Card Describe a difficult decision that you once made into three parts – IntroductionQuestions, and Conclusion.


Human life is a long series of decisions that seems to have no beginning or end. So today, I would take this opportunity to talk about one such decision which put me in disarray.

What the decision was?

Probably the most difficult choice I had to make in my young life so far was whether to study Engineering, or opt for a Law school.

When you made the decision?

I made the decision around four years ago after graduating from high school.

When I was a child I had a multipolar view about my future. Sometimes, I wanted to become a pilot, then there was a phase I wanted to become a politician.

In short, I was undecided !

How long did it take you to make the decision?

I took a whole lot of time… nearly a month to make that decision, if I am not wrong.

The reason why it took this long is because, I wanted to be 100 % sure. Each decision, of course, carries certain consequences with it that are both good and bad.

So I asked my family, friends, and relatives. But their different perspectives added fuel to the fire. It made me even more confused.

Explain why it was a difficult decision to make?

I always felt close to machines, but I also wanted to have some impact in my work, and we had a long tradition of legal jobs in my family.

The pressure was high, and everyone tried to convince me to study law–for obvious reasons (better salary, easier school, prestige of the job, family legacy, etc.).

But I felt that legal profession wasn’t my true calling, and that I should follow my heart in this case.

Hence I decided to go against my relatives, and opted for studies in an Engineering program at U of T.

It wasn’t an easy decision, considering everything.


At the end of the day, however, we should follow our own dreams, and not the dreams of our relatives, or of anyone else.

After all, we own our decisions.


Following are the probable set of IELTS Speaking Part-3 follow up questions that could be asked in Describe a difficult decision that you once made cue card:

What decisions do people generally make in their daily life?

Decision making is an everyday process. For example, which TV service do I use and then once it’s hooked up, which channel will I watch? Do I want a regular coffee or a coffee drink? What should I wear to work? Which route do I take to get to work? Do I “like” a friend’s post on Facebook?. Mathematically, It’s established that the average adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day.

Which is easier, making a decision by oneself or making a decision after a group discussion?

I think decision making should be limited to self. Because only we are responsible to our life. Though, we can ask close-knit connections for their views, so that we should not miss out on anything.

Why are many young people unwilling to listen to their parent’s advice?’s possibly due to generation gap that young people does not pay heed to their parent’s advice. I have seen many youngsters who think that their parent’s ideology is irrelevant today. Luckily, I does not fall into that category.

Why do middle-aged people tend to second guess their decision?

I think second guessing is most visible in middle-aged people because they have to make largest set of decisions – about them, their children and their parents.  This makes insecurity, anxiety and lack of self-confidence in decision making quite prevalent.


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