Speaking for IELTS – How to answer questions about the future in the IELTS speaking test.

Speaking for IELTS – How to answer questions about the future in the IELTS speaking test.

How to answer questions about the future in the IELTS speaking test.

 

The Open Road

In one common question type in the IELTS speaking test, you are invited to speculate about the future.  A useful strategy you can use when answering this type of question is to comment on the current trend, and then assume that it will continue. In other words, you can extrapolate [mathematical term] into the future

For example

[How do you think the traffic will change in your home town in the future?]

Well it’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future [haha], but as you know, it’s been getting worse for the last 10 years, and this is probably the result of steady economic growth.  If this continues, it does seem likely that the traffic will continue to get worse, as more people will be able to buy cars and motorbikes.  I think we can expect total gridlock within 10 years or so.

Gridlock - high band score lexis for the IELTS speaking test

Gridlock - high band score lexis for the IELTS speaking test

Or   

[Do you think going to the cinema will become more popular in the future?]

I don’t really know, but perhaps the current trend will continue – what I mean is [that] going to the cinema has become more popular over the last decade or so I think it’s likely that cinema going [paraphrase] will also continue to increase in popularity.

If you’re serious about succeeding in IELTS, learn how to speculate about the future.

 


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