Describe A Time You Made A Decision To Wait For Something

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time you made a decision to wait for something.

You should say:

When it happened?
What you waited for?
Why you made the decision?
And explain how you felt while waiting.

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 1:

Well, when it comes to buying something people often get impatient. I too prefer to buy things instantly but here I am going to share my experience when I decided to wait.

Actually, a couple of years ago my old handset was troubling me a lot and I wanted to replace it with a new device. It was my dream to buy an iPhone for which I was saving for a long time.

When it happened? and What you waited for? and Why you made the decision?
One day I visited the Apple store where I checked out the latest handset with the latest features. With the help of the store person, I was able to decide which phone to buy.

I found iPhone 13 the best considering its feature after reaching home I shared my experience with my parents and arranged money to buy it the next day however later in the evening while watching tv I saw the advertisement about the launch of the iPhone 14.

The advertisement highlighted some of the unique features of this phone which impressed me a lot. So, I immediately visited the apple website to check more details the unique design of this phone is much better than the previous version and the camera quality is much superior to any other phone in the market.

So I also realized that after the launch of the iPhone 14 the price of the iPhone 13 will drop significantly so for the camera I decided to delay my plan and wait for the launch it was not easy to manage with my phone.

And explain how you felt while waiting and Conclusion:
Finally, when the phone was launched I was among the first buyers and I was on cloud nine to carry the best phone in the market and I had no regret and it happened.

Model Answer 2:


  • I am a very impatient person, and it is very difficult for me to wait for things.

When it happened?

  • But recently I waited to buy a mobile phone and it was one the longest times I had to wait for something.
  • My phone broke down 3 months ago and I had to buy a new phone.

What you waited for?

  • This time I was going to buy an iPhone.

Why you made the decision?

  • However, when I was searching online, I came to know that a newer version of the iPhone was coming out in one month.

And explain how you felt while waiting.

  • I asked my parents, and my parents told me if I could live for one month without a phone, they would buy me the latest version.
  • I thought it would be easy, but I was so wrong.
  • The one month seemed like a year.
  • I couldn’t talk to my friends or chat with them.
  • They used to call my parents if they needed to tell me something important but as my parents needed their phones, I couldn’t talk for long.
  • For the first two weeks I was very irritated and one or two times, I nearly broke down and told my parents to just buy me the previous model.
  • However, then I adapted.
  • Because there was no phone, I had a lot of free time.
  • I spent this time playing outdoor games with the neighbour’s children.
  • I actually started enjoying it and I started missing my phone less and less day by day.
  • If I had to talk to my friends, I just visited them.
  • I also came to the realisation that I had become addicted to my phone.
  • This wait was one of the best things to happen to me in my life.
  • My parents also told me that I had started spending more time with them.
  • I thought they might go back on their word but as soon as the new model was released, they bought me the phone.


  • Now I still use my phone but not as much.
  • I am not on social media all the time.
  • I do check it but occasionally.

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 you made a decision to wait for something”.

1. What do people in your country often do while waiting?
Nowadays most people spend time scrolling through social media applications on their phones while they are waiting for something. People like to be aware of the new trends and they also find such applications to be entertaining.

2. Why do some people like a slow-paced life?
I think some people just like to take things slow because they have a more relaxed and focused approach towards life. Unlike others they don’t want to be in a rat race of earning more and more money, instead, they prefer to live in the moment and discover life as it is.

3. Is being patient good for people? Why?
Yes, patience is a virtue that every person should have these days. Lot many times we see people losing patience on simple matters and becoming angry which does not bring good for anyone. Being patient helps people stay calm in difficult situations and stay in control of their emotions, whereas impatient ones can easily lose emotional control and get into arguments

4. Are people less patient now than people in the past? Why?
Today’s generation is definitely less patient as compared to people in the old times. With technological advancements, they have become accustomed to getting things instantly. For example, people can now book flight tickets, order food, or transfer money with just the click of a button. So, when they have to wait for something that would take more time than usual, it makes them really impatient.


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