Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 137 - The map below shows the changes in an American town between 1994 and 2010

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Map/ Diagram:

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The map below shows the changes in an American town between 1948 and 2010.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and making comparisons where relevant.

» Write at least 150 words.

Changes in an American town - map: 1948

Changes in an American town - map: 2010

Sample Answer 1:
The maps portray the modifications which took place in an American town between 1948 and 2010. Generally speaking, some noticeable changes were made during the period.

Looking at the details, there were some significant variabilities. From the middle of town up to north-east, the surrounding lake with trees and the factories were situated in 1948. In 2010, these places were modified to a supermarket, commercial buildings and the airport. At the same time in the bottom right-hand corner of the town, the sports stadium replaced the church during this time. Residential houses and local supermarket were substituted with commercial buildings.

By contrast, the residential houses which were located on the right side of the canal and the petrol station situated in the north of city did not change their positions all through a period of time.

Overall, in spite of some significant changes, the dimension of town did not alter. However, these variations manifest that the city developed gradually in terms of everything during this interval.

[ Written by - Elvin Memmedov ]


Model Answer 2:
The given illustration compares the map of an American town in 2010 with that of 1948. Analyzing the town in both 1948 and 2010, it is obvious that despite some general changes like the relocation of buildings or establishment of new facilities, its main structure remained almost same.

As can be seen, residential apartments in the south-east corner of the town were untouched, and it is the same for the streets of the town and the canal. Moreover, the trees of the town were not chopped-down for new constructions. It is worth noticing that the petrol station down the streets, which run south-west to north-east, was not demolished or repositioned.

Looking further at the maps, many changes took place during the period. The supermarket was relocated and the church was demolished to make way for a sports stadium. The residential houses located at the corner of the main streets were knocked down in order to build two commercial structures. Furthermore, in 2010 there is an airport, located in the eastern part, the place where four factories were running in 1948. The presence of commercial buildings in 2010 is noticeable while houses and factories were predominant in 1948’s map.

[Written by - Simone] 

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Tarun Kumar
In the second model answer - 'church was converted into a stadium is better'.
Anuj Antony
Good vocabulary.
Anuj Antony
Very helpful.
In the introduction, the writer says that changes occurred "marginally", but then in paragraph 2, it is written: there were serious variabilities. Also in the end: in spite of some significant changes. It somewhat contradicts.