Describe a time when you had to wait in a long line IELTS cue card

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when you had to wait in a long line.

You should say
When was it?
What was it about?
How long the queue/line was?
How you felt about waiting in this long queue or line?

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 and follow up questions to describe a time when you had to wait in a long line IELTS cue card:

Model Answer 1:

When was it? and What was it about? 
Well, nobody likes to stand and wait in queues but, still There are always long queues at railway station, airports and other places and let me share my experience of being in a long queue to buy groceries. It happened in during the lockdown. AS you know due Covid-19, there was a complete lockdown all over and only the essential services were available for limited hours during a day.

How long the queue/ line was? 
As a result, there used to be long queues of buyers at grocery stores. One day, I had to stand in this queue and I can never forget this terrible experience. This queue was more than 100mtr long as we ha maintain social distancing. Every person l the queue was standing while maintaining a social distance of 6 feet.

Usually, people start to interact with others in queues to spend time but to the gap but here it was not possible due to the gap. Unfortunately, it was a hot summer day and it was really uncomfortable to bear the heat standing in the queue. One hour passed and still there were many ahead of me. I was trying to spend my time playing games on m mobile but soon my mobile battery got flat.

How you felt about waiting in this long queue or line?
I felt really boil but I could not leave the queue. Finally, after two hours I reached the counter and purchased essentials. I was lucky because l was the last person to be served and those who were behind me has to come again the next day.

Overall, it was a time when I had to stand in a long- queue.

Model Answer 2:


  • Everyone does not like to be in a long queue because it frustrates people and takes away productivity. 
  • I wouldn’t say I want to wait for a long time for a person or thing. 
  • Today I will talk about a time when I had to stay in a long line for a train ticket. 

When was it? and What was it about? 

  • It happened about two years ago. During summer vacations, my family made a plan to go to Shimla.
  • We all were very excited and also packed the necessary things. 
  • I went to the railway station to book the tickets because the online service was not working.

How long the queue/ line was? 

  • When I reached the station, I saw 30 people already standing in the queue, and I was on 31 positions. 
  • The ticket officer was working very slowly and took 10 to 15 minutes for each ticket. 
  • I stood for approximately more than two hours because the officer took 20 minutes extra to drink tea. 

How you felt about waiting in this long queue or line?

  • I felt despondent, hungry, and tired. 
  • I thought management at the railway station was quite poor because they had only one ticket counter, if they made two ticket counter, they could easily manage the crowd and save people’s precious time. 

Model Answer 3:


  • There are many times when I have waited in queues.
  • Actually, waiting in queue is pretty normal in India because of the enormous population.

When was it?

  • But one time I can never forget is the time of demonetization.
  • In 2017, the Indian PM declared that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes would not be legal tender from the next day onwards.
  • This was done in a very confidential manner as the purpose was to tackle the black money in the market.
  • As such, the news was only privy to a few government ministers and officials when it was announced.
  • Also, to maintain secrecy, the new notes were sent to banks at the last minute.

What was it about?

  • Because of this, there was a severe shortage of notes in banks for the next few days.
  • People stood in lines to get their old notes replaced.
  • Every day, people were allowed to replace only up to Rs 2000.

How long the queue/line was?

  • The lines were huge.
  • I remember reaching the bank at nine o clock in the morning and still being about the queue’s 50th person.
  • My turn came after nearly 2 hours.
  • It was very irritating to stand in the queue.
  • But I could understand the reason why the government took such a step.
  • So, I complained about standing in the line, but I appreciated the step the government took deep down.
  • Unfortunately, I had to this 2-3 times that week.

How you felt about waiting in this long queue or line?

  • The first day, I didn’t imagine that it would take so long.
  • But the next day I was prepared, I took a water bottle and my headphones.
  • I listened to music while I waited to pass the time.

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 had to wait in a long line”.

1. What do people like to do while waiting in line?
There are many things that people do while waiting in line. Some people like to listen to music, some play mobile games, and some people just like to talk to others.

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