Describe a time when you forgot something important

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when you forgot something important.

You should say
When it happened?
What you forgot?
What was the result of your forgetting?
Why it was important?

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 Answer


  • I think there are many situations in my life where I have forgotten something. 

When did it happen? And What you forgot?

  • Today, I’d like to talk about an incident when I forgot my documents, and it led to an unnecessary delay in my passport application. 
  • I had recently applied for a new passport as my old one had got expired. 
  • The process of getting a new passport usually takes a month; it starts with filling an online application. After that, one has to visit the Passport office for document verification. Finally, we get the passport after police verification. 
  • I got the appointment within a few days of filling my application form, so I started to collect all my documents like birth certificate, mark sheets, and address proof. 

What was the result of your forgetting?

  • My appointment was scheduled for 9 in the morning, so I collated all my documents into a folder the night before the appointment.
  • While I was putting the documents together, my mother called me for dinner, and I forgot to include my birth certificate in the folder.
  • I did not realise it until the next day when the passport officer asked me about it. 
  • I started to panic, thinking I have lost my birth certificate. Then I called my mother at home and asked her to look for it inside my bedroom. 
  • She found it on my study table, and I got a sigh of relief.
  • I requested the officer if I could go back home and bring my birth certificate, but he did not give me permission and told me to schedule the appointment for another day and make sure I bring all the documents next time.
  • Finally, I reached home, but to my dismay, there was no appointment available for the next month, and I cursed myself for forgetting my birth certificate.

Why was it important?

  • I needed the passport urgently to book my IELTS exam, but because of this issue, I had to postpone my plans.


  • I have finally received my passport now.
  • I have also learned an important lesson that I should never forget important things.

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