Cue Card # 6: Describe a feature of your personal character

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 6

Describe a feature of your personal character.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • whether it is a positive or negative feature
  • if it a common feature among others

and explain why you like or dislike it.

[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:
I’d like to appreciate the opportunity you have given me to talk about a feature of my personality. I think it’s a bit difficult to talk about such a feature as I find it a double-edged sword! If I say something very nice, it might sound that I’m showing off. On the contrary, if I criticise myself too much, it would be like I am trying to be more modest than necessary. Well! I will try.

I am dedicated to everything I like and enjoy. If I like a particular subject, I invest a great deal of commitment to truly learn and grasp it. If I admire a task assigned to me, I totally devote myself to this task and work till I finish it with perfection.

You might ask what do I do if something is important but I don’t like it at all! Well, in that case, I do not neglect the responsibility, but I do not feel the passion to complete it or attain excellence. Nevertheless, I do it anyway.

I would say that this has been proven to be a positive feature so far for me. Due to my complete dedication to the things I love, I have achieved many breakthroughs in my life. To illustrate an example, I got admitted to NIIT, a computer training centre, during high school. My father wanted me to learn the basics of computer, and after getting admitted to this institution, I found that computers are very interesting and offer so much more than I could imagine doing. I totally committed myself to learn as much as I could. Sometimes, I spent more than 8 hours a day in front of a computer to learn about it. Within a year, I become an advanced computer user and learnt to write programming codes in C and C++. I had been able to create a small software in the next few months and that was a great achievement, I guess.

I would not say that this is a rare feature. People excel in areas that they feel passionate about and dedicate time to achieve success. I am like many others in this regard and can dedicate myself to things I feel enthusiastic about.

I like this feature in me. This is a quality that drives me to learn something more dedicatedly and do something extraordinary by pushing myself beyond my comfort zone. Once I relish something, I try to excel in it. Thus, so far I have acquired some skills that have already been proven to be very handy. I believe that all of us have hidden potentials and to bring out the best, one must have a solid plan and work really hard to achieve it. Dedication to my work often helps me meet tough deadlines. I am really proud to have this feature in my character.

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