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Describe the last time you were late for an important appointment.

You should say:
  • When did it happen?
  • What was the appointment for?
  • Why were you late?
and explain the results of being late for that meeting.

IELTS sample speaking answer | Describe a time you were late

Well I’m not usually late for appointments, in fact quite the opposite I’m usually very punctual and I don’t like it when people arrive late for appointments, but the last time … the last time I was late for an important appointment was … I guess about a month ago. It was, if I remember correctly, it was a Thursday morning and I was supposed to go to a meeting with another consultant to discuss a particular project that we were about to start working on. It was programmed for … I think about 8.30 in the morning, and one of the big problems was … there was a lot of rain that day the traffic was really bad.

It was a journey that I’d done several times before so I knew roughly how much time the journey took, and I planned it as I would normally. However because of the heavy rain and the heavy traffic it took a lot longer than normal. I think there were some road works and some construction going on at the time as well, and I ended up being approximately 25 minutes late for the meeting.

It didn’t really cause a big problem … the person that I was going to see had to rearrange their schedule a little bit, I had to wait approximately 30 minutes - so I had a cup of coffee - read a magazine - and then eventually we did do the meeting as normal and really the – the only kind of negative consequence was that it was a little bit inconvenient for the other person, but here that’s not a big problem, and at the end of it all we did the meeting - we discussed the things we needed to discuss, and we came up with the plan that we wanted.

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