IELTS Writing Task 1 - Maps Example Essay 1

In this post, we will look at a Writing Task 1 Academic map essay example from the IELTS writing task 1 Academic Test. Students often ask if the questions are repeated year after year and the answer is no, but the type of map, process, graph or chart can be.

There are so many questions written each year, you may find you practice answering various questions on different topics. It is best practice to learn how to answer each one of the various types of writing task 1 questions, from bar charts, line graphs, maps, process etc.

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Take a look at the IELTS Writing Task 1 Academic essay example below >>

*This map question and answer were provided by a student. IELTS Achieve did not design this  question*


The two maps below show an island, before and after the construction of some tourist facilities.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

The images show the changes on an island by building amenities for possible vacationers.

Overall, the island changed rapidly, as before development, the island was empty, with a beach and scattered palm trees. After the island had been developed, there were many new buildings, roads and a pier added, in order to attract tourists.

At first, the island was roughly 250 meters wide with a small beach located in the west. There were also areas for vegetation that were scattered around the area. Over a period of time, many facilities were constructed to make it more appealing to tourists. The accommodation units were built just beside the beach area and also in the middle section of the island. There were also footpaths constructed to help people to navigate the island smoothly.

After further development, tourists could swim at the beach located in the west of the island. A restaurant was built in the north of the island and just below a reception area was added. There are also vehicle tracks that connect both facilities. A pier was also constructed in the southern part of the island where sailboats can moor. Lastly, the eastern part of the island was not developed.

Word count - 200 / Band score 8


  • Task Achievement - The answer provides a paraphrased question, to begin with, followed by an overview that gives the reader key information.    
  • Coherence and Cohesion - The answer has been divided into clear logical paragraphs.      
  • Lexical Resource - There is evidence of paraphrasing, synonyms and some less common words. 
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy - The answer has no grammatical errors. The sentences are mainly made up of multiple clauses and have a variety of structures. 

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