Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today we talk to Summer, a student in our course, about how she wrote the winning Task 1 essay about IELTS maps this month.

stunning ielts map essay

This is a question type that is becoming more common on the IELTS exam, though still rare.

Moreover, it is also a Task 1 question that many students find daunting, because they have no idea how to write about it!

So, listen to our advice today and learn how to write a stellar IELTS Task 1 essay about maps!

Here is the map question we discuss today:


IELTS task 1 maps


Follow the 3 steps: Plan, Write, Check

Read carefully

  • Read the question slowly.
  • Look at the information on the diagram or graph. You must think about it and really understand what this information is about.


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Organize your essay logically

  • Use cardinal directions- north, south, east, west.
  • Organize your description from top to bottom or left to right, for example.

Write a clear overall trend

  • Don’t just say there were changes. You must write what the changes meant for the place, or looked like.
  • Here is Summer’s overall trendMajor changes happened on the island, transforming it into a promising tourist attraction. 

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