Talk about a prize you want to win

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Talk about a prize you want to win.

You should say
What prize is it?
How do you know about it?
What will you do to win it?
Why do you want to win?

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


  • Well, everyone loves to win a competition.
  • I am also one of them.
  • I think that prizes motivate us to do more hard work to get more success.

What prize is it?

  • I want to win a chess competition at the national level.
  • I am fond of the chess game, and I participated in a chess competition during school time.
  • I won a match at the district level, but due to some personal reasons, I had to leave this game.

How do you know about it? and What will you do to win it?

  • I saw an advertisement for a chess competition in the newspaper, so now I again want to take part in a chess competition, and for it, I am ready to do lots of practice every day.
  • I also join a sports club where a teacher teaches me some new and useful tricks to win this competition.

Why do you want to win?

  • I want to play it for the international level for my country, so for that, I have to win the national level competition.



  • Everyone loves prizes, winning them makes one happy.
  • Prizes also motivate us to work hard and prove the fact that hard work is key to success.

What prize is it? and How do you know about it?

  • I have not won many prizes in my life but one prize I would like to get would be the first prize in marathon race which is held every year in my city.
  • The race is organized by Standard Chartered Bank.

What will you do to win it?

  • It is held to spread awareness about diseases like cancer and also to make people aware about the benefits of healthy living.
  • All the money collected from this race goes to a charity.
  • The winner of the race gets a cheque of Rs 1 Lakh along with a trophy, medal and a certificate.
  • The winner also gets a chance to represent the city in other marathon races held across the world.
  • Every year almost ten thousand people from our city participate in this race.
  • The race is held in the first week of November, normally the first Sunday.

Why do you want to win?

  • Last year one of my best friends won the second prize in the race.
  • He finished the distance of 42 km in approx. 3 hours.
  • After seeing him get the second prize, I felt motivated to participate in the race.
  • I am not a professional runner but since then I have started running.
  • Nowadays I can run 30 kilometers in approx. 2.5 hours and I am working on improving my time.
  • Hopefully I will be ready by November.
  • Preparing for this race has made me healthy and I have also learnt a lot from running.
  • If I do not win this year, I will keep trying until I win the prize.

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 “talk about a prize you want to win”.

1. What rewards can children get from school?
Children can get rewards in the form of certificates, medals, words of appreciation in the classroom or assembly or in the form of notes written to parents. Some other prizes that are given in schools are books, stationary, and gift vouchers.

2. Should parents push their children to get prizes?
I would say that parents should encourage their children to participate in competitions and give it their best efforts. They should make their children understand that if their efforts are sincere, the rewards will follow. Inculcating a sense of competition is important, but making children over-competitive, can have some repercussions.

3. Is it good for children to compete for prizes at school?
It is good for children to compete for prizes as it gives them an opportunity to test their abilities and skills. It also teaches them the importance of putting in their best efforts. Prizes can act as a motivation for many students to participate in competitions, and that, in turn, helps them recognize their talent.

4. What kinds of rewards can companies offer to their outstanding employees?
Companies can offer rewards to employees in the form of certificates, vouchers, bonuses, and other gift prizes. Some companies also offer gifts like holiday packages, etc.

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