IELTS model answer for 3 diagrams/maps over 3 time periods.
Updated: Feb 12th 2023
Here is a tricky looking task. It consists of 3 maps/diagrams over 3 time periods showing changes that have taken place. It is easier than it looks as long as you logically group the information in paragraphs. Planning is important in IELTS writing task 1 just as it is in the essay section writing task 2.
Spend about 4 minutes planning task 1 as you must analyse the task, think of what comparisons you have to make, the language/grammar needed and also decide on a logical structure. Make sure you include an overview as this is very important for a band 7 or more.
The diagrams illustrate how West Park Secondary School has changed since it was built in 1950. Overall, the main school building remained unchanged throughout the whole timeframe, while the farmland and houses were removed to make way for a car park, a science block and a sports field in later years.
In 1950 the area around the school consisted of houses and farmland to the left of the school. There was also a playground behind the school and a main road in front. Looking at the map for 1980, it can be seen that the houses were demolished and a science block and a car park were built there. Another noticeable change is that the farmland was converted into a sports field, while the playground remained unchanged.
By 2010, although the science block remained untouched, it is evident that the sports field was relocated and made smaller. Additionally, the playground was reduced in size to make way for a larger parking facility. The main school building itself and the main road did not change over the 60 years.
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