IELTS Writing Task 1 - Maps Example Essay 4

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 shows the changes in an American town between 1948 and 2010.

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

The picture illustrates the noticeable changes that happened to an American town from 1948 and 2010.

Overall, there are slight changes that happened in the town within the 62 years as some structures were removed, while there are many establishments that had been added.

On the one hand, in the year 1948, the town was surrounded by trees while residential houses can be seen from the west and east of the town. The local supermarket is situated in the west area and the church is located in the south near to the canal, while there are established factories that can be seen in the northeast region.

On the other hand, after 62 years, some of the residential areas were replaced by commercial buildings. The church was also removed and as a replacement, a sports stadium was created. In addition, a local airport was also established in the area where the factories were once found.  The canal was left untouched whereas, the supermarket was relocated to the area where once a small park was located.

Word count -  174 / 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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