IELTS Preparation

Time you were not allowed to use your mobile phone

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 349 with Model Answer:

Describe a time you were not allowed to use your mobile phone.

You should say:

  • when and where it was
  • why you were not allowed to use your phone
  • what you wanted to use your phone for

and explain how you felt about not being able to use your phone.

[You
will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one
minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes
to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

Recently, I went to attend a written test for a position in a multinational company. There I was not allowed to use my mobile phone. Though it was not necessary to ban the use of mobile phone in the exam hall, the authority did not take any risk of breaching the security. The test was held in the regional branch of the company here in Alice Spring in Australia. This is a beautiful candidate task card and I am glad indeed to have this card on my share. I will describe the event below.

Some of the applicants had tried to cheat using the mobile phones during the exam. It was a shocking matter for everyone. In fact, cheating in such a level was entirely unexpected from the authority. So, to prevent such situations, the authority disallowed using or carrying phones during the written tests. Consequently, I was unable to use my phone.

I needed to perform some calculations. The math on the question paper was complex and was given to assess candidates’ mathematical ability. And without using a calculator, this was impossible to perform the math. There were some complicated equations that required a calculator. At present, all the mobile phones come with a calculator and the smartphone have some more feature with the calculator. So, I needed to use the phone to have the calculation done automatically.

I was frustrated and irritated. In fact, I was being punished for the crime of some other people. But I had nothing to do. I did the calculation manually and that took much time for me. Luckily, I was able to do complete the calculation and answering the math was a must for each of the applicants. I could have saved my time if I could use my mobile phone.

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