Describe an Occasion when you Got Incorrect Information

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe an occasion when you got incorrect information.

You should say:

When you got it?
How you got it?
How you found it was incorrect?
And 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 Answer 1:

We all rely on information to make decisions and navigate our daily lives. But sometimes, the information we receive is incorrect or misleading. This can be frustrating and disappointing as we realize that we have made a decision based on faulty information.

When you got it?
I remember an occasion when I got incorrect information about a smartphone. It was a few years ago, and I was in the market for a new phone. I had been researching online and narrowed my choices to a few different models. I was looking for a phone with good performance, a nice camera, and long battery life.

How you got it?
I got the incorrect information from a tech review website when I was reading an article that compared the different phones, and one of the features that were important to me was the battery life. The article said that one of the phones had a battery life of over 24 hours with heavy use. This seemed like a great feature, and I was excited to have a phone that could last all day without needing to be recharged.

How you found it was incorrect?
I found out that the information was incorrect when I bought the phone and started using it. The battery life was nowhere near 24 hours with heavy use. In fact, it barely lasted half a day before needing to be recharged. I tried adjusting the settings and turning off unnecessary features, but nothing seemed to make a difference.

And how you felt about it?
I felt frustrated and disappointed that I had gotten incorrect information. I had chosen that phone specifically because of its supposed long battery life, and now I was stuck with a phone that didn’t meet my needs. I felt like I had wasted my money and wished that I had done more research before making my decision.

Overall, getting incorrect information can be frustrating and disappointing. It’s important to double-check information and look at multiple sources before making important decisions.

Model Answer 2:


  • Sometimes, we are provided with incorrect information, and although such instances are rare, they can cause a lot of trouble.

When you got it? and How you got it?

  • I experienced a similar situation when my cousin was looking to be admitted to a college for Hotel Management.
  • Last year, after her class 12 results, we researched various colleges offering the course and settled on an institute in Dehradun.
  • However, the website provided a lot of misleading information about the college. Unfortunately, when we visited the college, none of the claims turned out to be true.

How you found it was incorrect?

  • The college was portrayed as a grand institution on the website, but in reality, it was nothing more than a small two-room establishment tucked away in the hotel’s backyard. We were shocked to see the stark difference between the website’s portrayal and the actual college.
  • To manage the situation, we immediately decided to cancel our admission plans and started looking for alternative options.
  • Eventually, my cousin changed her mind and decided to pursue a course in Mass Communication.
  • We found a university near our city where she got admitted, and she is now thriving in her studies there.

How you felt about it? and Conclusion:

  • It was a lesson for us to be cautious and verify information from reliable sources before making important decisions.
  • The experience taught us the importance of thorough research and not solely relying on online information when it comes to educational institutions.

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 occasion when you got incorrect information”.

1. What kind of professions are related to giving information to others?
Most professions have to give out some information, but the main professions are the media and the advertising. People working in these sectors have to give out information all the time.

2. What is the difference between giving information by phone and email? 
When information is given by mail, the person reads at his leisure, but on phone the recipient has to listen then and there. The info on phone is generally brief, but an email can be very elaborate. Email in generally more authentic because it is a proof of the info, but a phone call can be from some fake person.

3. How can people check whether a piece of information is correct or not? 
People can ask someone or check from various sources on the internet. But yes, one has to be sharp enough to make out which sites are authentic and which are not.

4. Do people trust the information online? 
Yes, people trust on the information online, but only if they know about the site beforehand. Otherwise they are skeptical and try to look for more sites which are authentic. People do not blindly follow any website.

Important Vocabularies:

1. Misleading

Giving the wrong idea or impression.

However, the website provided a lot of misleading information about the college.

2. Frustrating

causing annoyance or disappointment.

It was frustrating to find out that the phone’s battery life was not as advertised.

3. Disappointing

failing to fulfill someone’s hopes or expectations.

It was disappointing to realize that I had made a decision based on faulty information.

4. Adjusting

altering or moving something slightly in order to achieve the desired fit, appearance, or result.

I tried adjusting the phone’s settings to improve its battery life

5. Double-check

to check again in order to be sure.

It’s important to double-check information before making important decisions.

6. Portrayed

Depicted or described (someone or something) in a particular way.

The college was portrayed as a grand institution on the website.

7. Thriving

Growing or developing well or vigorously.

She is now thriving in her studies there.

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