Describe a very difficult task that you succeeded in doing as part of your work or studies.

Describe a very difficult task that you succeeded in doing as part of your work or studies.

You should say:

  • What task you did
  • Why this task was very difficult
  • How you worked on this task
  • and explain how you felt when you had successfully

Sample answer:

Today I’m going to talk about the time I managed to finish a very difficult task at work.

Two weeks ago, while I was on a trip with my friend, I got an email from my boss saying that
I had to accomplish some task in one week. The task was to compose band 8.0 sample
answer for several IELTS speaking practice test. At first, I thought it would be a piece of
cake because I had done this kind of thing before. But after spending a few minutes
rethinking, I quickly realized that it was the deadline that mattered the most. Normally, I
would need one week to finish one test. This time, with the total number of four tests, I was
only given 7 days, which meant I had to work four times as hard as usual. The next day, I
came back home from the trip with a bundle of nerves.

It seemed even worse when that task was not the only one I had to deal with. As an English
teacher, every day I got tons of essays to correct. That is not to mention, preparing lesson
plans for the next day had already cost me a lot of time every day. Therefore, the biggest
difficulty I faced was the deadline panic. The scarcity of time and deadline pressure really
drove me crazy and I even had a few sleepless nights.

Finally, when the clock struck 11:58 p.m on the deadline date, I did manage to submit the
task to my boss with everything done properly. At that very moment, I did nothing but
breathed a sigh of relief. The most precious lesson I learnt from this is probably how to
manage my time efficiently.