IELTS Map Comparison with Band 9.0 Example.

Normally I don’t respond to people asking for free assessments, why should I?.However, I received an email yesterday from someone asking for assistance with a map comparison task so I thought I would make a post about this as I haven’t written about IELTS for a while now. So, I have analysed the task and added some comments to the original, as you can see there some issues with grammar and vocab and also with TR and cohesion and coherence. The response could be better organised and the information presented with more detail and in a more logical way. I also wrote a sample answer for comparison so you can see how I would do it.

I have included a structure below which you can use for every type of Task 1 question, with the student’s writing underneath and my sample at the bottom. I hope you can see the differences and use this in your own writing.

Task 1 writing structure

Paragraph 1 (introduction)

Sentence 1: paraphrase question

Paragraph 2 (overview)

Sentence 1: overview of first main feature

Sentence 2: overview of second main feature

Sentence 3: overview of third main feature (if necessary/make comparison if appropriate)

Paragraph 3 (data/details of main feature 1)

Sentence 1: supporting details

Sentence 2: supporting details

Sentence 3: support/comparison with other features (if appropriate)

Paragraph 4 (data/details of main feature 2)

Sentence 1: supporting details

Sentence 2: supporting details

Sentence 3: support/comparison with other features (if appropriate)


Map source: not from English Write Now.

My Sample

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: Map comparison.

The maps show how West Park Secondary School has changed over time in three different periods (1950, 1980, and 2010).

From an overall view, we can see that while the main road and the main school building remain unchanged in all three years there have been some minor changes in the surroundings with the Farmland turning into a Sports Field then a Car Park over the period. Also, the Houses were replaced and the Playground was slightly modified.

In 1950 there were Houses standing to the South of the road adjacent to the School with Farmland below them and a Playground to the South East. However, by 1980 the Houses had been replaced by a Car Park and a Science Block, and the Farmland had been developed into a Sports Field for the school with the size of the Playground remaining unchanged.

Finally, in 2010 the most significant change was to the Car Park which had significantly expanded to triple its previous size. This expansion encroached onto the Sports field and Playground which were reduced in size by approximately two thirds and one third respectively.

Word count: 185 words

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