Describe a time when you needed to use your imagination

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when you needed to use your imagination.

You should say
When was it?
When did you need to use imagination?
How difficult or easy it was?
Explain how you felt 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.

Model Answers and follow up questions to Describe a time when you needed to use your imagination with IELTS cue card:

What is imagination? 
The action of forming images, or new ideas of external objects not present to the senses. It is considered as such because it involves thinking about possibilities(a thing that may happen or be the case). 

Model Answer 1:

When it was?
Well, imagination is a beautiful thing. We all use creativity in our day to day progress. I want to talk about a situation when I used my Imagination two days ago the marriage of my friend. 

When you needed to use imagination? and How difficult or easy it was?
I have knowledge about dress designing and stitching so Last year in November, I designed and stitched my dress. 

It was a long gown. I watched three videos of gowns and combined in a single dress. 

I looked gorgeous, but I worried about people thinking sometimes people make laugh on someone’s clothing. 

So I wore it two days before, and looked myself in the mirror and imagined how I would look on the wedding day and I saw, everyone praised my dress and requested me to design their clothing. 

Explain how you felt about it.
I felt very happy because the things I imagined were happening in reality and I stitched four dresses after the function that people liked very much. 

Model Answer 2


  • There are many situations when ingenuity has helped me tackle difficult situations.

When was it?

  • A few months, I had gone to Jammu for an examination.
  • But, because of the fog, my train back home got cancelled.
  • So, I decided to travel back by bus.
  • The bus dropped me at my city’s bus station at about 2 AM.
  • I told my parents that I would be coming by bus, but because I had left my flashlight on, my phone battery had died on my phone.
  • So, I couldn’t call my parents to pick me up when I reached the bus station.
  • And because of the fog, my parents couldn’t estimate when the bus would reach my home city.
  • So, I was forced to walk back alone at night.

When did you need to use imagination?

  • At this time, I saw some strangers walking towards me.
  • I felt that their intentions were not right, and I was anxious.

How difficult or easy it was?

  • At that moment, I used my imagination and took out the phone and started talking loudly on the phone.
  • I knew that my phone was dead, but they didn’t know that the phone was dead.
  • As they came closer, I started saying that I am just around the corner.
  • As they heard this, they moved back, and I used this opportunity to run a nearby 24/7 store.

Explain how you felt about it.

  • Once inside, I borrowed the phone from the sales clerk and called my parents to pick me up.
  • The whole time my heart was beating very loudly.
  • It was a terrifying situation.
  • On seeing my father and mother, I finally took a huge sigh of relief.
  • My father told me that he was really proud of my presence of mind, and a lot of people told me that they wouldn’t have been able to think on their feet as I did.

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 needed to use your imagination”.

1. Do you think adults can have lots of imagination?
I don’t think imagination depends upon age. Both children and adults can imagine things. The only thing is that children are not restricted by real-world knowledge in their imagination. So, children can sometimes imagine completely impossible things.

2. Do you think imagination is necessary for scientists?
I think all scientific discoveries are about looking at something from a new or different perspective. So, imagination is certainly important for scientists. Many would have seen an apple fall from a tree before Newton, but he was the first one to relate it to a force.

3. What kind of jobs need imagination?
I think the biggest field with needs imagination is science. Then, another field in which I think is being a fantasy author. A fantasy author basically puts down his imagination on a piece of paper. I think some of the famous fantasy authors like Tolkien or JK Rowling are some of the people with an endless imagination.

4. What subjects are helpful for people’s imagination?
I think literature can be very helpful to develop imagination. I remember reading Alice in Wonderland was so exciting. It was my first time reading a fantasy novel, and I just couldn’t put it down. After reading each chapter, I used to think about what would happen next, and that in turn, was nothing but exercising my imagination.

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