Describe A time you missed an appointment – IELTS Cue Card Sample 87
Describe A time you missed an appointment
You should say:
- When was it?
- Why were you late?
- How did you feel about it?
- and say what happened as a result of being late.
Sample Answer 1
With lives getting extremely hectic and schedules getting frantic, getting late or missing an appointment has become quite regular. Something similar has happened to me a lot of times. However, talking about one of the recent incidents, I missed the dentist’s appointment last Thursday.
Until Wednesday night, the appointment was clear in my mind, and I knew that I had to visit the dentist the following day. However, the moment my day started, I got caught up in a plethora of meetings and assignments. In addition to this, I had to complete some home-related tasks as well. Enraptured in everything important, the dentist’s appointment completely skipped my mind until my sister reminded me of it.
The moment I realised I was late, panic mode kicked in. I went into a frenzy zone. Hurriedly, I tried finishing the task that I was in the middle of and got ready for the appointment. However, when I reached the clinic, I was already an hour and a half late.
As a result, the dentist had taken his lunch break. The receptionist asked me to shift the appointment to the evening. Unfortunately, I had other things scheduled for the day, so I had to push my appointment to the next week.
Sample Answer 2
However well organised I’m it sometimes gets late to reach my destination due to several external and internal factors. One such time when I was late in an appointment with my investors was a frustrating experience for me.
Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I had a burning desire to set up my own business. Therefore, when I was a senior student, to be given financial support to run my start-up, I had a pivotal date with numerous investors. I highly appreciated that appointment; therefore, I had worked against the clock and buried myself in a mountain of workload. I had to burn the midnight oil to complete my project, which would be shown to investors. When the day came, I felt dead tired. You know, I had to make every effort to get up, but it was still late 20 minutes when I left my home. Unfortunately, the road suffered from intensive traffic congestion, which is a common scenario in my city. I failed to use different kinds of transport from bus to taxi to escape this crowd. Finally, I reached the location 1 hour later than my scheduled time. While the investors showed their sense of anger, I experienced the feeling of panic, and I just presented my project with half a heart.
I was rejected, and I felt extremely disappointed. That was a painful experience for me, and since then, I’ve tried my best not to be late for any appointments ever again.
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- Well-organized (adj) having good organization; orderly and efficient
Eg: The Australian cricket team was well-organized.
- Knee high to a grass hopper (idiom) very small or very young
Eg: I have lived in Mumbai since I was a knee high to a grasshopper.
- Set up (phrasal verb) start a business
Eg: His uncle set up a business for him.
- With a view to doing something (phrase) with the hope of doing something in the future
Egief Minister called all the parties with a view to achieve a consensus on the new bill
- Pivotal (adj) extremely important
Eg: The budget introduced a pivotal change in privatization
- Against the clock (phrase) trying very hard to finish something before a particular time
Eg: The software team was working against the clock to meet their deadlines.
- Burn the midnight oil (idiom) to work until very late at night
Eg: Sita was given a huge assignment and she had to burn the midnight oil to complete it.
- Dead tired (phrase) very tired
Eg: Jane was dead tired after the delivery.
- With half a heart (phrase) With only a little or moderate amount of enthusiasm or interest
Eg: After his transfer to the new town, he worked with half a heart.