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This is an IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer from IELTS Cambridge 14 about the map of a public park. It’s a nice break from graphs to write about a map!

It does present some challenges, though. The overview is really tough – so is the structure of the paragraphs and some of the vocabulary!

Read on to see how I handled those problems…

Here are some other IELTS Task 1 Writing Sample Answers that I wrote!

IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer: Public Park Map (IELTS Cambridge 14)

The plans below show a public park when it first opened in 1920 and the samepark today.

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

IELTS Cambridge 14 Map

IELTS Cambridge 14 Map

The maps detail the changes since 1920 to today of Grand Park. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the park added and expanded areas mainly related to entertainment including a larger stage and various areas for recreation. There was also significant relocation in terms of seating and the only areas that remained the same were the entrances and one minor garden.

The most striking change is in the center of the park where the fountain has been removed in favour of a rose garden with full seating around it. To the left of the new garden, the previous stage for musicians has been turned into a much larger ampitheatre facing the opposite direction that will allow for concerts in the park. This change has necessitated the removal of both seating on the far left side as well as the rose garden in the bottom left corner of the map.

The entrances at the top and bottom in the middle have remained unchanged but on the right side a cafe has replaced the rose garden and where there was a pond for water plants in the top right corner, there is now a children’s play area. Instead of the pond, a water feature has been built occupying the bottom right corner (replacing a glasshouse and some seats). Finally, leading to the water park is a new entrance for an underground car park.

 

IELTS Examiner Sample Answer Analysis

1. The maps detail the changes since 1920 to today of Grand Park. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the park added and expanded areas mainly related to entertainment including a larger stage and various areas for recreation. 3. There was also significant relocation in terms of seating and the only areas that remained the same were the entrances and one minor garden.

1. The first sentence paraphrases what map is showing – write this sentence very quickly because it hardly effects your score at all!

2-3. Then is my overview for the map. For a map, don’t list all the changes and don’t include any opinion. Instead, try to group and describe/define the changes. It is very similar to the overview for a process.

1. The most striking change is in the center of the park where the fountain has been removed in favour of a rose garden with full seating around it. 2. To the left of the new garden, the previous stage for musicians has been turned into a much larger ampitheatre facing the opposite direction that will allow for concerts in the park. 3. This change has necessitated the removal of both seating on the far left side as well as the rose garden in the bottom left corner of the map.

1. The first sentence focuses on the fountain in the centre. Try to choose a logical area to start and then expand from there so that your writing has a natural structure and it helps your cohesion/coherence store.

2. My second sentence describes the major changes next to the fountain.

3. The third sentence concludes the paragraph by describing some other related areas of the map.

1. The entrances at the top and bottom in the middle have remained unchanged but on the right side a cafe has replaced the rose garden and where there was a pond for water plants in the top right corner, there is now a children’s play area. 2. Instead of the pond, a water feature has been built occupying the bottom right corner (replacing a glasshouse and some seats). 3. Finally, leading to the water park is a new entrance for an underground car park.

1. My first sentence looks at the areas that didn’t change and the areas next to those that did change. Always compare the two maps!

2. The second sentence describes the water feature in the corner and what it replaced.

3. My final sentence talks about the only other areas I didn’t mention. Be sure to talk about everying on the map.

Sample Answer Vocabulary

What do the words in bold mean? If you’re not sure, don’t use a dictionary – try to figure out the meaning from the whole sentence then check your answers below!

The maps detail the changes since 1920 to today of Grand Park. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the park added and expanded areas mainly related to entertainment including a larger stage and various areas for recreation. There was also significant relocation in terms of seating and the only areas that remained the same were the entrances and one minor garden.

The most striking change is in the center of the park where the fountain has been removed in favour of a rose garden with full seating around it. To the left of the new garden, the previous stage for musicians has been turned into a much larger ampitheatre facing the opposite direction that will allow for concerts in the park. This change has necessitated the removal of both seating on the far left side as well as the rose garden in the bottom left corner of the map.

The entrances at the top and bottom in the middle have remained unchanged but on the right side a cafe has replaced the rose garden and where there was a pond for water plants in the top right corner, there is now a children’s play area. Instead of the pond, a water feature has been built occupying the bottom right corner (replacing a glasshouse and some seats). Finally, leading to the water park is a new entrance for an underground car park.

Answers:

detail: describes/illustrates

expanded: make larger

mainly related to: mostly about

significant relocation in terms of: big move to

minor: small

The most striking change: biggest difference

in favour of: in order to have

previous: prior

turned into: becomes

facing the opposite direction: looking the other way

allow for: makes it possible for

necessitated: makes it possible

as well as: and

replaced: takes the place of

occupying: in the place of

leading to: going towards

Pronunciation:

ˈdiːteɪl 

ɪksˈpændɪd 

ˈmeɪnli rɪˈleɪtɪd tuː 

sɪgˈnɪfɪkənt ˌriːləʊˈkeɪʃən ɪn tɜːmz ɒv 

ˈmaɪnə 

ðə məʊst ˈstraɪkɪŋ ʧeɪnʤ 

ɪn ˈfeɪvəɒv 

ˈpriːviəs 

tɜːnd ˈɪntuː 

ˈfeɪsɪŋ ði ˈɒpəzɪt dɪˈrɛkʃən 

əˈlaʊ fɔː 

nɪˈsɛsɪteɪtɪd 

æz wɛl æz 

rɪˈpleɪst 

ˈɒkjʊpaɪɪŋ 

ˈliːdɪŋ tuː

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

The maps _____________ the changes since 1920 to today of Grand Park. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the park added and _____________ areas _____________ entertainment including a larger stage and various areas for recreation. There was also _____________ seating and the only areas that remained the same were the entrances and one _____________ garden.

_____________ is in the center of the park where the fountain has been removed _____________ a rose garden with full seating around it. To the left of the new garden, the _____________ stage for musicians has been _____________ a much larger ampitheatre _____________ that will _____________ concerts in the park. This change has _____________ the removal of both seating on the far left side _____________ the rose garden in the bottom left corner of the map.

The entrances at the top and bottom in the middle have remained unchanged but on the right side a cafe has _____________ the rose garden and where there was a pond for water plants in the top right corner, there is now a children’s play area. Instead of the pond, a water feature has been built _____________ the bottom right corner (replacing a glasshouse and some seats). Finally, _____________ the water park is a new entrance for an underground car park.

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