Describe a decision you disagreed with – IETLS Cue Card Sample


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Describe a decision you disagreed with

You should say:

  • what the decision was 
  • who made that decision
  • if you told this person that you disagreed 
  • why you think it was a wrong decision

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It was a few years back when I was still in college that I was offered an opportunity to go on a voluntary trip to X, the most worth-living city in our country. I was over the moon when first hearing the news but all my anticipation and happiness fled away when my parents flatly rejected the idea. I was dumbfounded since my time and effort spent on the preparation for our project wasn’t about to be paid off. However, I was old enough to know better than making a fuss about it at the moment; instead, I gave myself time and peace before reasoning with my parents. It came as no surprise to me when they took their all-time-favorite excuse that I was too immature to take care of myself and that there were plenty of untrustworthy people willing to take advantage of me out there when I was unaware. Much as I tried to assure them how well I would manage to stay safe and help other underprivileged people, I just couldn’t get through them. As a result, I had no options but withdrawing from the project with regrets. However, I wasn’t able to hold a grudge against my parents for long because I understood they were just overprotective and genuinely concerned about my well-being.


Offer/ give/ provide an opportunity

Be over the moon: to be very pleased

Anticipation (n): a feeling of excitement about something (usually something good) that is going to happen

Flatly (adv): in a way that is very definite and will not be changed

Come as no surprise to someone: will not be surprising [for someone] to learn [something]

Underprivileged (a): having less money and fewer opportunities than most people in society

Get through (phrasal verb): succeed in communicating with someone in a meaningful way

Withdraw (v): to stop taking part in an activity or being a member of an organization; to stop somebody/something from doing these things

Hold a grudge against someone: to stay angry (at someone or something)

Overprotective (a): too anxious to protect somebody from being hurt, in a way that restricts their freedom

Genuinely (adv): in a sincere and honest way that can be trusted

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What skills are necessary when making decisions?

Off the top of my head, there are quite a few skills which should be made use of when we make a decision. The first one is that we should have a clear vision of what the future is like before a decision is reached. To be precise, we must weigh the pros and cons as well as the worst-case scenarios of each option. Secondly, it ought to be noted that judging our own ability correctly is another skill which is usually ignored. We should be aware of our strengths and weaknesses before deciding whether to take risks or not.

Do parents in your country allow their children to make important decisions about the future?

Usually, parents are really influential when it comes to big decisions in a person’s lifetime. Since they have previous experience, they often impose their thinking on their kids and sometimes urge them to follow their advice. However, the final decision usually depends on the children themselves. This is simply because they are the ones who will take responsibility for their actions.

Do you think that parents should make important decisions for their children?

It’s true that parents have previous experience and they often impose their thinking on their kids and sometimes urge them to follow their advice. However, the final decision should depend on the children themselves. This is simply because they are the ones who will take responsibility for their actions. So, a father’s or mother’s role here is to inform the young of the consequences they have to bear if a certain decision is made.

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