It is possible for you to be asked to compare two or three maps in IELTS writing task 1 (academic paper). IELTS map comparison tasks are not common but if you get them, you must be prepared. Below is an example of a task with three maps.
The maps below show the changes that have taken place in Meadowside village and and Fonton, a neighbouring town, since 1962.
Here are some questions to help you decide how to write your task 1 map report to compare maps that show change over a period of time.
1. What tense will you use?
a. Present Simple: There is considerable development in Meadowside …
b. Past Simple: There was considerable development in Meadowside …
c. Present Perfect: There has been considerable development in Meadowside…
d. Present continuous: Meadowside is developing considerably…
2. What changes can you see in the maps? Choose the relevant features from the list below.
a. change in infrastructure
b. change in transport
c. change in entertainment
d. change in industry
e. change in buildings
f. change in size
g. change in location
3. Find the grammar or vocabulary mistakes in the following sentences. Each sentence may one or more mistakes.
a. In 1962, there was a small road travelling through Meadowside village which was replaced by a main road in 1985.
b. Another main road was also constructing from the southeast to southwest in 1985.
c. A superstore is building in the west, south of the main road and housing state 1985.
d. There is currently business park which is locate between Meadowside and Fonton, opposite the station.
- c is the correct answer. We use the present perfect when writing about something that started in the past until now.
- All features are shown except for d (industry) and g (location).
- a) travelling = running through Meadowside… / crossing Meadowside b) constructing = constructed c) is building = was built d) business park = a business park, is locate = is located