IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card
Describe a time when you did a lengthy calculation without using a calculator.
You should say:
When was it?
Where was it?
How did you?
How did you feel about 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.
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Here I would like to share one such incident when I was in great trouble as I couldn’t handle the calculation because I was not using a calculator.
When was it? and Where was it?
I vividly remember when I was in grade 10th, my school organized scholarship tests since I was among the top performers in the classroom, so I didn’t practice much or even read the instructions for the test.
Actually, I was in the habit of using a calculator from class 8th onwards, and I was very poor at mental mathematics.
How did you?
I was having a very tough time because every time I was solving these questions, it took me a long time to solve, and still, I could not get the correct answers because my answers did not match the given options as most questions were MCQ based.
I was not left with much time to complete. As a result, I could have scored better in the test. In contrast, my friends who had learnt the tips and tricks and practiced mental mathematics were able to perform far better than me.
It was more like a lesson for me not to be dependent on machines all the time, which is why I joined some sessions afterwards to improve my mental math skills.
Today I can handle most calculations orally, and that was the situation where I couldn’t use the calculator to solve a sum.
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 did a lengthy calculation without using a calculator”.
We will update Follow ups ASAP.
requiring someone or something for financial, emotional, or other support.
It’s hard to find people these days who are good at mental mathematics because a vast majority are completely dependent on machines for calculations.
showing or feeling slight anger; annoyed.
I got extremely irritated because I couldn’t even solve 15 questions in one hour.
by means of speech; verbally.
Today I can handle most calculations orally.
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