People often tell me that a teacher has advised them to include a "future prediction" sentence in the conclusion for writing task 2.
Is this a good idea? My short answer is no, but I'll explain in detail.
I used to give this advice myself when I first started teaching IELTS. A future prediction seems like a nice way to end an essay, and it gives you the chance to write a conditional sentence e.g. If more people do..... in the future, we will all.....
However, I no longer give this advice. I now tell my students to write just one sentence for the conclusion (click here to see an example), and there are two main reasons for this:
- Most questions don't ask for a future prediction, so there is a danger that the examiner will see your "future prediction" sentence as irrelevant. In other words, the examiner won't be impressed, and the sentence won't help your score.
- You'll waste time that you could have spent on your main body paragraphs. Or you could finish your essay and spend time checking it.