Describe a time when you missed an appointment

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when you missed an appointment.

You should say:
When and where it happened?
What the appointment was for?
What happened when you missed it?
And explain how you felt about the appointment?

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 to Describe a time when you missed an appointment

Model Answer 1


Nowadays, most of the people are suffering from the problem that they forget things and work.

When and where it happened?

I usually remember my all thing, work and appointments but here I would like to talk about a situation when I forget my dates.

What the appointment was for?

I am suffering from hair fall problem so for that I contacted with a hair specialist who suggested me three months hair therapies and also warned me not to skip even a single therapy. I started this process November last year. I had to visit the doctor clinic twice a month.

What happened when you missed it?

I had continued it for three months but in January when the process was going to be finished and only one appointment was left which I forget about. I went to my friends home to attend her birthday party on the same day that’s why I forgot my appointment. Doctor called me on the next day and told me you had to start the whole process again and repay for it.

Explain how you felt about the appointment.

I felt despondent because it was a costly treatment and my parents scolded me for that. After that incident, I always set the alarm on my mobile phone, which reminds me of all my appointments and work.

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 missed an appointment”.

1. Which events in your country most people forget?
Well, it is tough to generalize that which events people forget, but I think most of the time people forget the birthday and anniversaries of their family members, relatives and friends.

2. Do you think it is a good idea to use electronic devices for putting reminders?
Nowadays, most of people are suffering from the problem that they forget the important dates and things because of their hectic schedule. So reminders are the best solution for it. People can set reminders on their tablets, phones and computers.

3. Do you use them?
Yes, I set the alarm for an all-important task like birth dates. anniversaries and regular duties.

4. How can modern technology help you keep good memories?
Modern technology helps us to keep good memories. Through the advance technology. we can set a reminder for special events. We can use mobile phone and cameras to capture special moments. and this is possible because of advanced technology.

5. Is human memory important nowadays?
Yes, human memory is as important as in the past. It is true that nowadays, human use more electronic equipment to remember things, but he/she still requires memory to learn something new.

6. Can electronic devices such as smartphones replace human memory?
No, as I said, human memory still very important as in the past because a human cannot learn anything without memory, so, electronic pieces of equipment cannot replace the human mind.

7. Is it essential to be punctual in your country?
I believe if you respect the time, it gives you many things like achievement, success. So it is vital to be punctual, and it is not only for my country but is essential everywhere.

10. Is it easy to make an appointment in India?
Yes, it is a not difficult task to make an appointment in India, but you have to be very punctual for it.

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