Below is a Writing Task 1 IELTS map. Below the map is a model answer that has been written by an IELTS instructor.When you write about a map, you need to focus on describing where things are in location to each other.
Language such as 'to the left', 'next to', 'north of', 'behind' etc will be important.
The map illustrates plans for two possible sites for a shopping mall in the city of Brandfield. It can be seen that the two sites under consideration are in the north and the south east of the town.
The first possible site for the shopping mall, S1, is just north of the city centre, above the railway line, which runs from the south east of the city to the north west. If it is built here, it will be next to a large housing estate, thus providing easy access for those living on the estate and in the city centre. It will also be next to the river that runs through the town.
The site in the south east, S2, is again just by the railway line and fairly close to the city centre, but it is near to an industrial estate rather than housing.
There is a main road that runs through the city and is close to both sites, thus providing good road access to either location. A large golf course and park in the west of the town prevents this area from being available as a site.
Remember that when you have a map or process, you still need an overview. This IELTS map has one included:
Missing an overview can limit you on Task Achievement to a band 5 so it's important to have one.
The map is well-organised as it first discusses the north of the city centre and then goes on to discuss the other site. Some further relevant information regarding location is then provided. It's always important to have a clearly organised Task 1.
With an IELTS map you need to have a good knowledge of the language of location, and there are several examples of this:
You need to also make sure you have a good mix of some complex sentences to get a band 6 or over for grammar, and there are several examples of words that create these:
"I think these eBooks are FANTASTIC!!! I know that's not academic language, but it's the truth!"
Linda, from Italy, Scored Band 7.5
(1) Charity Spending
(4) Brick Manufacturing
(5) UK GDP
(6) Team Scores
(7) Electicity Generation
(8) British Emigration
(9) UK Visits
Line & Bar
(10) Car Theft
Pie & Bar
(12) Modes of Transport
(14) Making Chocolate
(15) Monthly Expenditure
(16) Tea Manufacture
Pie & Bar
(18) Borrowing Books
Line & Pie
(21) Staff Employment
(24) Average House Prices