A floor plan in IELTS writing academic task 1.
Updated: Jan 2nd 2022
Here is an interesting IELTS academic task 1 question below. Be prepared as something similar could appear in writing task 1 academic. It’s not a map or a process diagram, it’s a floor plan. You will also notice it has two time periods. The present and plans for the future.
It is essential to analyse the task and its main features and then plan your writing before starting your report. Total planning for task 1 should be around 4 minutes. Remember that you need to paraphrase the introduction and give an overview of the key features for a good band score.
The floor plan task
Source: Cambridge academic IELTS 13, page 94
Grammar for this task
I will need the present tense and the future tense to describe this plan/diagram. I would also recommend organising the information into the present (main body 1) and future (main body 2).
In this kind of task ,I will need to describe location. It’s important to get the right prepositions here, for example:
to the west of the pool
to the east
next to the pool
behind the pool
to the rear of the pool
either side of the sports centre
toward the east wing
in the west wing
adjacent to the pool
across from the sports hall
in the reception area
beside the sports hall
Describing expected changes
Here are some example sentences for describing changes that could be used in a diagram or floor plan like in this task. As you can see some are in the passive voice.
The reception area will be redeveloped
There are plans to build dance studios
A large indoor leisure pool is set to be built
The outdoor courts are earmarked for removal
The outdoor courts will be removed
The gym is going to be expanded
The gym is expected to be expanded
There are proposals for a new sports hall
A new sports hall is planned
There are plans for new facilities such as..
It is essential to include an introduction, an overview and 2 main body paragraphs.
Grouping the information is important for a logical report.
Word count needs to be 150 words minimum.
Aim for around 170 to 180 words for a full response.
Never write a conclusion and do not write any opinion.
Write factually and logically.
Paraphrase the introduction.
For the overview, pick out the key features and don’t go into details.
Writing task 1 carries half the points of writing task 2, however, it is still important to get task 1 right. If you write a strong task 2 and overlook task 1 then you could still end up with a Band 6.
So for example: if your task 1 is Band 6 and your task 2 is band 7, that means your overall writing score will be around Band 6.5
Key point: Don’t neglect writing task 1 even though it carries fewer points, your overall writing has to be good to get a Band 7 or more.
So let’s take a look at the task again with a model answer. Click the blue button below.