Describe an occasion when you spent time by yourself IELTS Cue Card

Describe an occasion when you spent time by yourself IELTS Cue Card


Describe an occasion when you spent time by yourself

When was it?

Where was it?

Why were you alone?

What did you do?

How did you feel about it?

NOTE – The examiner gives you one minute to plan your answerand to help you prepare for the topic, the examiner provides you with a pencil and a notepad. You’ll have to answer the questions given on the topic for one-to-two minutes.

Sample Answer 1


We occasionally prefer to spend time with our near and dear ones; however, sometimes, circumstances do not allow us to do so. Recently I have had such a situation.

When was it? Where was it?

On my last birthday, I had to celebrate alone at my home.

Why were you alone?

My birthday falls in February. During that time, all of a sudden, the 2nd wave of corona pandemic made inroads, and the local administration didn’t have any other option but to announce the lockdown.

My family members were on vacation, which I could not join because of my exams. Due to the lockdown, they had to stay at the hotel for a few days, and I was alone at home on my birthday.

What did you do?

Firstly I had a video chat with my family and friends. After that, I baked the birthday cake by watching a video on Youtube and spent half of the day on that.

After that, I watched a movie, and I walked on the terrace at night.

How did you feel about it?

In the beginning, I felt terrible because I had always celebrated my birthdays with pomp and show, but this time the adverse circumstances did not allow me to do so.

But later on, I enjoyed spending time by myself because it allowed me to know myself in a better way, and it made me realize the importance of family and friends in our lives.


Here are some examples of follow-up questions that the examiner might ask during your speaking part 3 related to the cue card “Describe an occasion when you spent time by yourself.

Q1.Why spending time alone is difficult?

Spending time alone becomes challenging because we require the unconditional love and unabated support of others to handle our conflicts adroitly. So loneliness makes us feel low on confidence and energy.

Q2.How does technology help in spending time alone?

These days technology helps us connect freely and easily with no geographical barriers. Moreover, by utilizing modern, sophisticated technology, we can connect with our near and dear ones and get their unstinted support in case of unforeseen contingency.

 Q3.Is the percentage of people spending time alone increasing?

The trend of living life with freedom is gaining momentum in the modern era. Due to this reason, there is a substantial rise in the number of people who wish to live alone.

Q4.How to handle stress while staying alone?

It is better to remain busy because when we are free unwanted thoughts come into our minds. An active person only gets time to do overthinking and stays happy.

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