Describe an ambition that you have for long time

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe an ambition that you have for long time.

You should say
What is it?
What did you do for it?
When can you achieve it?
And explain why you have this ambition?

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


  • Ambition means a strong desire to do or achieve something.
  • I think everyone should have some purpose in life because the goal always motivates a person to do the hard work.
  • Sometimes people fail to achieve their goals, but he/she should try again and again to achieve success instead to give up.

What is it?

  • I also have many ambitions in my life, and I succeed in completing some of it, but I faced failure many times.
  • Here I am going to talk about an ambition that I have for a long time, and that is I want to open a boutique.

What did you do for it?

  • Many things are required to open it, such as knowledge of clothes, designing, stitching and many more things.
  • I am making lots of effort for two years and face many problems.
  • The first problem that I face initially is a course certificate. If a person wants to open a boutique, then he/she has to complete a fashion designing course/ stitching course.
  • I also started a fashion designing course one and a half years ago, but I had to leave this course because my mother suffered from some health problems.
  • After two months, I again joined this course and completed it with good grades.

When can you achieve it?

  • There are many more things required to open the shop, such as place, money and stuff.
  • I am making many efforts to manage all the essential items, and I hope to open my boutique in the next month.

Explain why you have this ambition?

  • I have such ambition because I want to design designer clothes and sell them at a very affordable price so that everyone can buy them.



  • I have had ambitions in my life.
  • Some I have achieved and some I have failed to achieve.
  • I have always felt the reason for my failure to achieve a goal has always been associated with my lack of motivation.

What is it?

  • So, today, I want to talk about ambition that I am really motivated to achieve.
  • The ambition is to settle in Canada.

What did you do for it?

  • I think it all started about five years ago, when one of my close friends, Ravi moved there.
  • Before that, I was completely unaware about life in Canada.
  • His words have built a fairytale image of Canada in my mind.

Explain why you have this ambition?

  • He told me about the difference in the quality of life between India and Canada.
  • The healthcare and the education system in Canada are miles ahead.
  • There is no corruption; there is very negligible crime, and more than anything else, there is value for labour.
  • Then, Canada’s weather is also to my liking, as I hate the heat.
  • I sweat profusely during the summers in India, and it makes not only makes me uncomfortable but also others around me.
  • Canada’s summers are also quite cool.
  • I also have a habit of googling pictures from Canada, and the beautiful landscapes have only strengthened my resolve to settle in Canada even more.

When can you achieve it?

  • That is the reason I am taking the IELTS exam today.
  • You can see that my English is not great, but I have worked really hard to improve my English for the past few months.
  • It was not easy.
  • I have developed the habit of watching English movies and reading English newspapers for developing my English.
  • I also try and talk with all my friends in English and even ask them to do the same.
  • I know only practice makes perfect.
  • I have also done research on the course and the university I want to apply to.
  • Even if I fail today, I will try again- because I am really motivated to fulfil this ambition.

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 an ambition that you have for long time”.

1. What kinds of ambition do people have?
I think ambitions vary with age. In school, student’s ambitions are to get into a good college or a university. Some youngsters with a creative mindset also dream about becoming a successful celebrity or a successful singer. As people finish their education, the ambition is to get a high-paid job in a reputed firm and then after children, children’s ambitions become the parent’s ambitions too.

2. Why should parents encourage children to have ambitions?
I think ambitions give direction to children. It makes sure they are dedicated and less likely to fall off the track. Moreover, if children are ambitious, they are less likely to fall down on failing. They are always willing to try again.

3. Should parents interfere with their children’s ambitions?
I think if parents interfere with children’s ambitions, it would create a feeling of resentment among the children for the parents. It would have disastrous long-term consequences for their relationship. I think parents should be supportive of their children’s dreams, but they can encourage them to keep backups and not put all their eggs into one basket.

4. Is there any difference of the ambition of grown-ups and that of children?
I think grown-up’s ambitions are much more realistic than children because they know that life is full of problems and hurdles. Children, on the other hand, sometimes have very unrealistic ambitions. Children also don’t get much disheartened on failing to achieve their goals, while adults sometimes even go into a depression on failing.

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