IELTS Map: Model Answer

Below is an IELTS map model answer which is estimated at band score 9. This is a comparison of three maps in different time periods for the academic writing task 1. If you wish to do practice exercises for grammar for the maps below, before you read this model, please follow the link: IELTS Map Comparison Exercise.

map comparison 3 maps

Model Writing Task 1: Map Comparison

The maps illustrate how Meadowside village and Fonton, which is a neighbouring town, have developed over three different time periods (1962, 1985 and the present).

Overall, Meadowside village increased in size and has become Meadowside Suburb as it merged together with Fonton. Furthermore, there have been significant changes in infrastructure, housing and facilities over the period given.

In 1962, both Meadowside and Fonton were completely separate with no roads or rail connecting them. While Fonton had a railway line running through it to the north, Meadowside, located to the west of Fonton, only had a small road from the west.

By 1985, there was a considerable growth in the size of Meadowside village and Fonton. The small road in Meadowside village had been converted into a main road and was also extended to the east to connect with Fonton. Meadowside, moreover, had also developed a housing estate in the west, a leisure complex and a supermarket in the south.

Currently, both Meadowside, which is now a suburb, and Fonton are joined. The railway line, which runs through Fonton, has been extended to the west where a train station has been built. To the north of the station, a hotel has been constructed and opposite the station, to the south, there is now a business park.

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  1. Guriqbal singh Ahluwalia says:

    Hi liz.
    Thank you for the help in ielts preparation. U are too good in explaining each module. Excellent

  2. Hi Liz,

    Thanks a lot for the amazing work you have done here for us.

    My question is:
    Is there another word suitable for starting the overview?


  3. Hi Liz

    May I know what’s the meaning of Meadowside Suburb? Thank you!

  4. Biborno Projapoti says:

    I have a question. If I get a map of an island or a city illustrating the changes between two time periods; for instance between 1995 and 2005 , should I write the task taking the year 2005 as present?

  5. Samina Begum says:

    Hi Liz
    My speaking test was on Jan 17
    Location Pakistan
    Module Academic
    Are you students or working
    What you do after you finished with your office
    what sort of game you played in your childhood
    Did you pay indoor games in your childhood
    What type of outdoor games your children play
    Two minutes talk on place you will prefer to visit in near future
    excursion places in Pakistan
    what do you think about future of tourism
    advantages and disadvantages of tourism

  6. in the 4th paragraph can we write The small road in Meadowside village was converted into a main road…instead of had been

  7. hello Liz
    i have a doubt regarding tense usage in writing task 1.At what time do i need to use present perfect.
    Eg.The price of oil rose gradually
    The price of oil has risen dramatically
    in this which one is best for vocabulary what time can i write them.

  8. hi mame,
    really this blog is awesome and helpful,
    so, thanks a lot for this,

  9. Aasim Khan says:

    Hello teacher,
    I like your work very much!
    Will you help me about my so far prediction about IELTS writing task #1, the question type.
    Here what I’ve observed ….
    1. Bar graph or bar chart
    2. Line graph
    3. Pie chart
    4. Combination of either 1, 2 or 3
    5. Flow chart
    6. Table
    7. Diagram
    8. Maps

    Is there anything, I had left …

    Thankyou so much for your kind regard

    And keep it up, and God bless you

  10. Israa Ali says:

    First of all, I’d like to thank you for this useful blog it helps me to get all the practice I need 👍🏽 How can I improve my writing specially in task 2?

  11. Hello. Maám Liz, I have been watching many of your IELTS videos and I found them really informative and strategically presented. I’ve learned a lot.

    But I am looking for the video for describing flow chart in writing task 1.
    If you do have maám, could you please lead me to it to watch it.
    More power and God bless you more.
    Have a nice day.

  12. hello mam, in writing task 1, how many words we can write ?

  13. thank you for your tips it is for useful
    when i use has or have + been+ converted

  14. I love the teachings and comments thanks alot. Liz please help me with the link to download the official answer sheet of ielts

  15. thank you. The tips are very important.

  16. Hi liz,

    I want to ask question in writing section, Task-1.
    You said in video session about in this task , format of writing is Introduction, Overview , Description.

    But I check writing format in IELTS official Cambridge. they say that conclusion is also important in task-1.

    So I am confuse…

    • Just google the band score descriptors that IELTS have published. It clearly shows that task 1 has an overview and task 2 has a conclusion. The overview is a paragraph which contains the key features and some people call it a conclusion. But it can come after the introduction or at the end. At no time do you repeat information in a report so you can’t re-state information in a conclusion.
      All the best

  17. Dear liz
    please where can i practice more and more writing with model answers?
    and thanks much you are the best 🙂

  18. Dear Liz,
    Thanks a lot for all your hard work and effort , its an amazing website to prepare for IELTS test.
    In the model above I’m confused in the overview first sentence ” overall ,Meadoside village increased in size …” shouldn’t be ( Meadoside has increased in size …)
    As I have read your notice that you’ll be back in March .. so hope you will have a good break and looking forward for your reply and for other posts and lessons…

  19. “Fonton were completely separate”. Just wondering, is this correct. Wouldn’t it be “were completely separated?

  20. Hi, Dear Liz

    I took my exam 21 of December, unfortunately, I found your website one day before my exam. I run out of the time for writing but I could write intro, 2 paragraphs with explanation and examples and conclusion which contained 3 sentences. But I think it is about only 200 words. Will they penalise for being under word account. Task 1 was map and I wrote full overview and conclusion.
    Thank you. Your website is the best.

  21. Hi Liz! My name is Islom from Uzbekistan. Liz I have a question not related to the topic. In writing task one other types of essays also exist right? So do you have information about them?

  22. Hi Liz,

    Is this model answer written by you or a real exam taker?

  23. Hi Liz,
    Greetings from Canada!
    I just have a question, 3rd paragraph last sentence. How did you know that the railway line was going to the north, and the Meadowside’s small road was from the west? I mean, there’s no signs like arrows that would say where it came from and where to go. I would really appreciate to know the answer. I hope my question makes sense. Thanks a lot.


    • Roads run two ways – so either it’s from the west or east, or running west to east. Look at where it appears on the map and how it relates to the location you are currently describing. See my map video lesson.

  24. Hello Liz,
    In your earlier writing task 1 model answers regarding bar charts,pie charts,etc. you had given a structure with 4 paragraphs (introduction,overview, body paragraph A and body paragraph B). But here you have used 5 paragraphs. Is this alright and acceptable for a band score of 8 and above?

  25. i have writing problem , how con improved my writing task .please helps me..

    • Review all my lessons and start making a note of what your weaknesses are. You can also purchase lessons on writing task 2 from my online course – the link is given in the right hand column on this blog.
      All the best

  26. Hi Liz,

    What if the map shows a future development, will the tense be simple future or future perfect?

    Thanks for your help!

    • You can use future forms. Usually maps with future dates show planned development. So, you can write about “there are plans to build …” etc.
      All the best

  27. Hi can i ask where is the best part to write the overview in task 1 academic.? Ive read some model answer which the overview is at the end.thank you

  28. Hi Liz,
    Here can we paraphrase the words as below
    housing Estate= residential property
    super store= supermarket/ shopping center
    leisure complex= Sports complex
    business park= corporate offices

    In general, is it good to paraphrase the given information whenever and wherever possible? though,in some cases it’s impossible (or not benificial) to do so…

    Thanks a lot,
    Have a nice day.

    • It is good to paraphrase when the paraphrase is correct. In your examples, they are all fine. But some people try to paraphrase “town center” with “city center” which is completely different and not acceptable. If you can’t find a strong paraphrase, don’t try. It is fine to use the words they give you.
      All the best

  29. Elizabeth kasamn says:

    Hello mam,
    Is there any specific words for this type of question ?
    if there is , can you please give me the link ..?

  30. Hello ,
    I want to ask you a question if a diagram had some molecules such as CO2 should we write it carbon dioxide? I’m asking because one of my relative is taking some classes for ielts exam and her teacher told her it’s wrong to write it CO2 , and I saw some website wrote it CO2 ,so what do you think ?
    thanks always for your helpful information

  31. Hi ma’am Liz. Your site is very reliable that I am depending on it as part of my self-review. I failed once in UKVI test. I am very poor in Reading. I have been answering around 50 practice reading tests using different techniques but I rarely get scores of more than 30. Please help me learn more about reading techniques.

    • You should be practicing each type of question in turn, not just doing full tests. Spend 2 hours only working on sentence completion, then spend two hours working on short answer questions, and so on. Be focused and develop strategies and understanding for each question type. Also make notes of ALL paraphrasing you find in questions and answers – make a list.
      All the best

  32. swati mehra says:

    hello mam,

    please help me for my exam which held on 19 september and i am weak in english.

    • This blog is to learn IELTS exam skills. If you wish to improve your English, you will need to google and find an English language site.
      All the best

  33. Hi Liz! Sorry for bothering you but I am really in need of critics. I will be taking the exam this 27 and I need insights to improve my writing, which I am really working hard at. Would you mind taking a look?

    The maps illustrate the development of two nearby villages, Meadowside and Fonton, in three different periods (1962, 1965 and the present.)

    Overall, there is a huge change in the said villages in terms of area, railroad and infrastructure. Importantly, Meadowside village, now a suburb, and Fonton had been a single community.

    By 1962, Meadowside is a lone village in the west with a single path for transportation. Similarly, Fonton was a separate place in the east with a railway running through the middle.

    In 1985, Meadowside village more than doubled its land area compared to Fonton which added-up about a third. In addition, Meadowside village widened its road, extending to reach Fonton in the right. Also, leisure complex, housing estate and superstore were built at Meadowside.

    At present, Meadowside village became a suburb with a large increase in its perimeter making the suburb and Fonton as one. In between these are hotel in the north, business park in the south and a train station in the center.

    Thanks Liz! What score will you give on this?

  34. Mariya says:

    Mam, Please help me to improve my writing skills.

    The map illustrates how the Meadowside village and Fonton have developed fron 1962 till date.

    In 1962, there was no connection between both the area. There was a sigle road in the village extending from north to west and a single railway track in Fonton extending from north to east with no connection.

    In 1985, significant development was seen. A new road coonecting the meadowside village with Fonton was constructed for eaay transportation. Leisure complex was built where people could spend their free time effectively. To the west of the complex , housing society and to the south a super store was built.

    Presently, Meadowside village which is now a suburb is connected with Fonton . A railway station has been built midway and railway track extended to west. Also hotel and business park has been opened.

    Overall there has been a significant development in both the Meadowside village and Fonton since 1962 making lifestyle more convenient for the natives.

    • You need to work on your overview. This is the most important paragraph. It must contain ALL KEY FEATURES. To write that there are changes – of course there are changes but what changes? Be clear and specific. Please see my models to learn more about overviews.
      All the best

  35. Waqas Haider says:

    I have problems in reading and listening MCQ .Please suggest me tips

    • Please see the listening and reading sections of this blog. There are lessons, tips and free videos to help you.

  36. Hi Liz,

    when do I use past progressive and when past perfect when describing maps? Do I say: The road has been converted or was converted or had been converted? I assume ‘had been converted’ get used if something has changed in the past?

    Thank you,


    • It will depend on the dates and information in the map. You’ll need to visit a grammar website to learn more about the perfect tenses and when to use them. Also see my model map which you will find the writing task 1 section.

      • okay thank you for that! I have one more question:

        If there is just one map to describe, how is it possible to write an overview? It’ll be great if you can give me an idea!


        • If you have just one map, there are usually a couple of key features on the map. Just summarise those key features for the overview. There might also be a comparison you can make between them. Have you seen the Garlsdon map? For that you can write “Overall, while S1 is located in the city center, it is also situated in a no traffic zone which can be problematic for travelling to and from the supermarket. S2, on the other hand, is accessible by rail and road but it lies outside the town in the countryside.“. You can see that it just highlights the two key features.
          I hope that helps.

  37. Sibu Varghese says:

    Hi Liz

    Could you please help me with writing and reading.

  38. kajika jeong says:

    Hi Liz, your lessons are very easy to understand, plus I liked the way how you talked and explained things on your videos. It is just unfortunate though, that I have only discovered you blog recently. I have only about a week and a half remaining time to study for my ielts exams this coming end of the month, and your lessons really made a huge improvement on how I construct my writing task 1. I just finished all your topics about writing task 1, and now moving on to your task 2 tutorials, I really do hope I still have enough time to study. My aim is OBS 7 in each subject by the way, wish me TONS of luck! ^_^

  39. Thuy Duong says:

    Hi, Liz
    I wanna know how i can use the perfect present in task 1 and task 2, particularly, above model essay. I’m very confused because i wanna get high band core. Please, help me!!!
    Thank you so much.

    • You can use the present perfect when it is appropriate to use that tense. Don’t try to use a bigger range of tenses unless it is appropriate.

  40. Yamuna Ghimire says:

    Dear Liz,
    I would like to thank you so much for your kindly instruction method. Its a really helps me alot. Your teaching method and smiling face inspiring me. I have just operated this site there is many relevent content, in future, if will confuse i will ask you hope you will suggest me. Thank you

  41. Hi Liz,

    What advice do you recommend in terms of structure for the body paragraphs for a Map?

    2 body paragraphs.

    Also is the introduction a separate paragraph to the overview, so in total, there should be 4 paragraphs or 3?

    Thank you

    • Hi Jamil,

      The overview is best written as a separate paragraph but can also be written with the introduction. Using the linker “overall” helps the examiner locate it quickly. The number of body paragraphs depends on each chart or map and also depends on how you organise the information (usually it’s either two or three body paragraphs – mostly two).
      All the best

  42. Hello Respected Liz,
    first of all i am very thankful to you for your blog. i believe that it helps a lot of another students also,like me.I am going to take Ielts on this Saturday on 14th of march.i live in Germany and i had not lot of time for study due to my job schedule,but this whole week i want to dedicate to my studies.i have read lot of books about the tips and strategies about IELTS. unfortunately i get your book in this last week of my exam,but i am still very happy. I believe i can make changes a lot of changes with the help of your blog.
    Thanx a lot

  43. Luiggi Cavalcanti says:

    Dear Liz,

    Apologizes for bothering you too much these days! To be honest, I’m going to do the IELTS in a week so i’m trying to work as much hard as I can!

    Would you mind taking a look at my task one?

    Here we go!

    The maps gives information about the urbanization changes which have occurred in Meadowside village and Fonton during three different time periods (1962,1985 and the present).

    In general, Meadowside village and Fonton were connected with each other and have become a huge suburbs over the period given. Additionally, There have been notorious changes in regards to infrastructure, housing and facilities.

    By 1962, There had not any connection and comercial road between either Meadowside and Fonton. Meadowside village is located in the west which has a smal road, while Fonton is situated to the east which has a railway through north.

    In 1985, a housing estate and a Leisure complex were built as well as a super store. It’s interesting to note that There was an important connection road through Meadowise and Fonton.

    Currently, both Meadowise and Fonton are joined. A hotel has been constructed in the middle of town which probably will make tourism easier. There is a busines park situated in the south of town and in front of a new station.

    Thanks once again !!! =)

    • Hi Luiggi,

      Here are some tips for you:

      1. be careful with the names of places – spelling mistakes will lower your score (2nd and 3rd body paragraph).
      2. The introduction is fine.
      3. careful with grammar “a huge suburbs” (no “s”)
      4. careful with capital letters – mistakes will lower your score and also grammar “By 1962, There had not any connection and comercial ..” = by 1962, there was no connection or commercial road…”.
      5. give more details of locations “In 1985, a housing estate and a Leisure complex were built as well as a super store.” – where?

      If you could get rid of your errors, you could certainly get 7 but you must pay attention to small grammar details.
      Good luck with your test!


  44. Sanan H ABD says:

    Hi ms Liz .
    I was checking out videos regarding IELTS test and find out yours .
    I don’t have so much time to take preparations , remains only 3 days to take exam .
    But i am doing my best trying to use giving models and examples .

    i am very grateful to u ,yours videos are really relevant

    • Hi,

      Good luck. Use the remaining three days wisely. Let me know if you have a particular question about IELTS.
      All the best

  45. Can I write “By 1985, there had been considerable growth …..” instead of, “By 1985, there was a considerable growth …..” ?

  46. Ayman Kenawy says:

    Wonderful piece of writing,however in the last paragraph,should it be an hotel rather than a hotel?

    • Hi,

      We use “an” when the noun begins with a vowel – a, e, i , o, u (of course there are nouns which don’t follow that rule such as uniform due to the pronunciation of the first letter). The pronunciation of hotel is /həʊˈtɛl/, so not only does it not start with a vowel, there is a clear “h” in the pronunciation of the word at the beginning. Many students make a mistake pronouncing this word and drop the “h” but that’s wrong. Here’s a link to an online dictionary so you can hear the pronunciation:
      All the best

  47. Hi Liz,
    Thank you for your model answers. They are of great help for us.

  48. Hi Liz,
    Thank you for your model answers. They are of great help for us.

  49. Hi liz
    First of all I would lik to thank for this brilliant website ,it helped me alot in my study and secondly please liz can you put amodel answer for table in writing task one because I really like your way in simplifing the answer.

    Best regards.

    • Hi,

      Yes I will. I will hopefully do that either this week or next week. Please remind me if I forgot 🙂
      All the best

  50. Thank you so much
    it is really helpful

  51. koka_monks says:

    Hi Ma’am Liz. I would like to know how you used the north, south, east and west in illustrating these maps. I am confused. Please help.
    Thank you

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