IELTS Writing Task 1 – Maps Example Essay 3

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 map below is of the town of Garlsdon. A new supermarket (S) is planned for the town. The map shows two possible sites for the supermarket.

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

The map illustrates the two possible locations for a planned supermarket in the town of Garlsdon.

Overall, there were two prospective areas that were being considered for the construction of a supermarket intended for the 65,000 people of Garlsdon.

On the one hand, the first location is in the north-west part of the town just about 12 km to Hindon which has 10,000 residents. The said area is in the middle of the main road and the railway respectively. In addition, there are industrial factories located at the opposite side of the road going to Hindon.

On the other hand, the second site is situated in the town centre, which is a no traffic zone. This is between 16 km to Bransdon with a population of 15,000 and 25 km to Cransdon with a total of 29,000 inhabitants. The first location would be better for a large supermarket, as it has direct road and railway access, the second site is in the centre of the town, which has been labelled as a no traffic zone, this could make it difficult for shoppers to access. 

Word count 184 / 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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