This is an IELTS Cambridge 13 Map Sample Answer based on a map of a sports centre now and future plans for its redevelopment.
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When it comes to IELTS task 1 writing, I prefer to write about maps. I think it is easier to structure and describe all the information.
The trickiest part is the overview. I tell my students that they should focus on two things: what changed and a way to group/describe the changes. This is very similar to the overview for a process.
A lot of students make the mistake of just listing the changes or saying that there were major changes. Those don’t count as overviews and you will get band 5 for task achievement.
Make sure that you describe the changes but also define them in some way – for example, by saying that the building has become more modern.
Just be careful not to veer into opinion. Modern is fine. Convenient is not because that is opinion/specualtion about how people will view the changes.
As always, practice makes perfect!
Check out some task 2 sample answers here.
Here is another task 1 writing sample also from IELTS Cambridge 13.
IELTS Writing Task 1: University Sports Centre Map (IELTS Cambridge 13) by Dave (former IELTS examiner)
The plans below show the layout of a university’s sports centre now, and how it will look after redevelopment.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.