IELTS Speaking Test 8

There is no standard answer for Speaking exam so please use this as a reference


Describe something you did in your life that was a success.

You should say

– what you did
– when you did it
– what difficulties you faced
– and how you felt when you were successful


It’s useful to have an idea of a success in your head, otherwise you will have to rack your brain for ideas when you see the cue card. If you can’t think of anything, make something up! But make it believable!

Think about your education. Think about sports, hobbies, music. Think about your childhood. At some point in your life, you have made some sort of achievement and you should be proud of it. Once you have thought of something, start making notes on the points above. How can you give a vivid description of what you did? How can you explain when you did it, and what the difficulties were? How can you describe your feelings?

Sample Answer

Two years ago, I felt quite unfit and so I decided to make some changes to my lifestyle. I set myself a big goal, which was to run a marathon. At the time, it seemed like an impossible goal, but I knew that I could do it if I set my mind to it. Back then, I could only run about one kilometer without stopping, but I set out to improve that, little by little. One day I would run a kilometer, and then next I would run a kilometer and a half. I measured my progress with an app on my phone, which helped me to track my progress.

Beginning in March, 2015, I continued running longer and longer distances until I completed my first half marathon in August. I felt really proud of myself, and was convinced that I could complete the full marathon. However, I got sick and lost a lot of fitness during September. By the beginning of October, I was only a few weeks away from the full marathon and I had still never run more than half the distance! Still, I didn’t panic. My goal was not to run a marathon in a good time, but just to finish. I knew that I could do 42 kilometers, even if it took me all day! In end, I completed my marathon. It hurt more than I imagined, but I also felt prouder than I ever had before.

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