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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay on the topic of a map of a science park from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Essay Task 1: Science Park Map

The maps below show a science park in 2008 and the same park today.

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

The maps detail alterations to a science park dating back to 2008. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the park has expanded to include more areas for research, education and improved accessibility.

Considering initially the northern end of the park, in 2008 there was considerable untouched natural land that has now been replaced with a research and development center (the reception area was also removed in favor of a university hub, while the adjacent offices remain the same). South of these new facilities, the car park has reduced in size, the business units are unchanged, and, most significantly, the cyber security building has been enlarged, overtaking previously undeveloped land.

In the southern section of the park, the circular IT centre has been transformed into an innovation centre and there is a new train station on the southernmost tracks with walkways branching off to various facilities. Finally, there are additional biking routes along an eastern road and running through the centre of the park past the car park and new buildings as well as a bus stop on the eastern side of campus.

Analysis

1. The maps detail alterations to a science park dating back to 2008. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the park has expanded to include more areas for research, education and improved accessibility.

  1. Paraphrase the overall essay topic.
  2. Write a general over for the map. Include the major changes and group them generally.

1. Considering initially the northern end of the park, in 2008 there was considerable untouched natural land that has now been replaced with a research and development center (the reception area was also removed in favor of a university hub, while the adjacent offices remain the same). 2. South of these new facilities, the car park has reduced in size, the business units are unchanged, and, most significantly, the cyber security building has been enlarged, overtaking previously undeveloped land.

  1. Begin to describe the changes.
  2. Be sure to compare as much as possible.

1. In the southern section of the park, the circular IT centre has been transformed into an innovation centre and there is a new train station on the southernmost tracks with walkways branching off to various facilities. 2. Finally, there are additional biking routes along an eastern road and running through the centre of the park past the car park and new buildings as well as a bus stop on the eastern side of campus .

  1. Switch to another part of the map.
  2. Don’t include any opinion and don’t forget any areas.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean? Take some notes on a piece of paper to aid your memory:

The maps detail alterations to a science park dating back to 2008. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the park has expanded to include more areas for research, education and improved accessibility.

Considering initially the northern end of the park, in 2008 there was considerable untouched natural land that has now been replaced with a research and development center (the reception area was also removed in favor of a university hub, while the adjacent offices remain the same). South of these new facilities, the car park has reduced in size, the business units are unchanged, and, most significantly, the cyber security building has been enlarged, overtaking previously undeveloped land.

In the southern section of the park, the circular IT centre has been transformed into an innovation centre and there is a new train station on the southernmost tracks with walkways branching off to various facilities. Finally, there are additional biking routes along an eastern road and running through the centre of the park past the car park and new buildings as well as a bus stop on the eastern side of campus .

Answers

Try to write down or think of an antonym/opposite word for further practice:

detail show

alterations changes

science park place to learn about science and technology

dating back to returning to

looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that overall

expanded increased in size

include has inside it

areas places

research learning about

education places for learning

improved accessibility easy to get there

considering initially looking first of all at

northern end top part

considerable untouched natural land lots of area not developed yet

replaced with removed for

research and development center place to learn and study

reception area area to welcome people

removed taken away

hub central area

adjacent next to

remain the same unchanged

south of lower part

reduced in size gets smaller

business units places to do business

unchanged the same

most significantly most importantly

cyber security building place for online safety

enlarged made bigger

overtaking previously undeveloped land usurping untouched natural areas

in the southern section of in the lower part of

circular as a circle

transformed into made into

innovation making new things

southernmost tracks lower train tracks

walkways places to walk

branching off going off in different directions

various facilities different buildings

finally lastly

additional biking routes along extra places to ride a bike

running through going through

past the car park through where cars sit

Pronunciation

Practice saying the words below using this tip with Google voice dictation:

ˈdiːteɪl 
ˌɔːltəˈreɪʃ(ə)nz 
ˈsaɪəns pɑːk 
ˈdeɪtɪŋ bæk tuː 
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
ɪksˈpændɪd 
ɪnˈkluːd 
ˈeərɪəz 
rɪˈsɜːʧ
ˌɛdju(ː)ˈkeɪʃən 
ɪmˈpruːvd əkˌsɛsɪˈbɪlɪti
kənˈsɪdərɪŋ ɪˈnɪʃəli 
ˈnɔːðən ɛnd 
kənˈsɪdərəbl ʌnˈtʌʧt ˈnæʧrəl lænd 
rɪˈpleɪst wɪð 
rɪˈsɜːʧ ænd dɪˈvɛləpmənt ˈsɛntə
rɪˈsɛpʃən ˈeərɪə 
rɪˈmuːvd 
hʌb
əˈʤeɪsənt 
rɪˈmeɪn ðə seɪm
saʊθ ɒv 
rɪˈdjuːst ɪn saɪz
ˈbɪznɪs ˈjuːnɪts 
ʌnˈʧeɪnʤd
məʊst sɪgˈnɪfɪkəntli
ˈsaɪbə sɪˈkjʊərɪti ˈbɪldɪŋ 
ɪnˈlɑːʤd
ˌəʊvəˈteɪkɪŋ ˈpriːviəsli ˌʌndɪˈvɛləpt lænd
ɪn ðə ˈsʌðən ˈsɛkʃən ɒv 
ˈsɜːkjʊlə 
trænsˈfɔːmd ˈɪntuː 
ˌɪnəʊˈveɪʃən 
ˈsʌðənməʊst træks 
ˈwɔːkweɪz 
ˈbrɑːnʧɪŋ ɒf 
ˈveərɪəs fəˈsɪlɪtiz
ˈfaɪnəli
əˈdɪʃənl ˈbaɪkɪŋ ruːts əˈlɒŋ 
ˈrʌnɪŋ θruː 
pɑːst ðə kɑː pɑːk 

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks. Note it on a piece of paper so you can remember better:

The maps d__________l a_______________s to a s_______________k d_________________o 2008. L___________________________________________________t the park has e_____________d to i_________e more a_______s for r___________h, e___________n and i___________________y.

C____________________y the n________________d of the park, in 2008 there was c_________________________________d that has now been r_______________h a r_______________________________r (the r_______________a was also r___________d in favor of a university h___b, while the a__________t offices r___________________e). S__________f these new facilities, the car park has r______________e, the b_________________s are u____________d, and, m__________________y, the c______________________g has been e__________d, o__________________________________________d.

I__________________________f the park, the c__________r IT centre has been t_________________o an i_____________n centre and there is a new train station on the s_______________________s with w___________s b_________________f to v___________________s. F__________y, there are a________________________g an eastern road and r________________h the centre of the park p_________________k and new buildings as well as a bus stop on the eastern side of campus .

Listening Practice

Listen to the related topic below and practice with these activities

Reading Practice

Read more and use these ideas to practice:

Best Science Museums and Parks

Speaking Practice

Practice with the following related questions from the real IELTS speaking exam:

Science

  1. Do you like science?
  2. Did you learn about science in primary school?
  3. How often do you read about science?
  4. Why is science important to learn about?

Writing Practice

Practice with the related map below and then check with my sample answer:

IELTS Essay: Map of Pebbleton

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