Describe a decision made by others or someone that you disagreed with IELTS cue card

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a decision made by others or someone that you disagreed with.

You should say
What the decision was?
How was it made?
What you disagreed with?
And explain why you disagreed with it?

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answers to Describe a decision made by others or someone that you disagreed with IELTS cue card:

Model Answer:


  • We all have to make decisions from time to time.
  • Some decisions are agreed upon by all, whereas some decisions are not liked by all.

What the decision was?

  • Here, I would like to talk about a decision made by my two friends Raman and Sunder, when we were in 10th class.

How was it made? and What you disagreed with?

  • They decided to bunk school and went to watch a movie in a multiplex.
  • I disagreed strongly.

And explain why you disagreed with it?

  • First of all, the idea of bunking school did not seem right to me.
  • Then, going for a movie without parents’ permission was out of the question as far as my thinking was concerned.
  • I advised them to go for the movie on a Sunday, in the morning show, after our parents’ permission.
  • But they were adamant and were forcing me also to accompany them.
  • I was in a dilemma, as I did not want to disappoint my friends.
  • But my father is very strict.
  • I knew that he would be very upset if he found out and may even not talk to me for days.
  • I could not even bear to think of that.
  • So, I said a firm no to my friends and tried to dissuade them from bunking school.
  • They, however, did not agree and went for the movie.


  • I remember I felt very light at heart for not going with them.
  • I cannot even think of lying to my parents or hiding anything from them.
  • So, this was the decision made by my friends, which I did not like.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a time when you encouraged someone to do someone to do something that he/she didn’t want to do”.

Q1. What skills are necessary when making decisions?
Every person has to make decisions from time to time. A good decision requires both head and heart. Decision-makers need to ask themselves whether that decision makes sense, and also whether it feels right.
A good decision requires good insight into what all the outcomes of that decision could be. It needs rational thinking and a little ability to look into the future.

Q2. How can people improve their decision-making skills?
With experience, decision-making skills automatically improve. People have to keep in mind what all outcomes could be, and also be ready to face the consequences, whatever they are.

Q3. How do you think computers will change the way people make decisions?
Computers can change the way people make decisions, as now through computers; people can post their dilemmas in many forums and advise other people who have faced similar situations.

Q4. Do parents in India allow their children to make important decisions about the future?
No, parents in India generally like to make important decisions about the future of their children. They like to have their say when their child has to choose his/her future career, and also when he/she has to choose his/her, life partner.

Q5. Do you think that parents should make important decisions for their children?
I think parents should have a healthy discussion with their children when they have to make an important decision, and then let them have the final say.

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