Understanding IELTS Map Diagram questions

In the IELTS map questions, the maps will mostly be about the same location at different times, which could be past, present, or future. So, you’ll have to write and describe the required changes you see between the maps. Many of the test takers confuse between map diagram questions and process diagram questions. But both are very different from each other. However, the IELTS map questions are the one of the easiest questions to answer where the test taker needs to compare 2 or 3 maps. Very rarely, there might be a single map. Sometimes the information presented in the map diagram questions are not as difficult as it may seem. So, do not panic if you get a map diagram question in IELTS Writing Task 1.

Here are the steps to effectively approach this task:

  1. Carefully study the map or maps provided. Take note of the scale, legend, or key and any prominent landmarks or features.
  2. Write a structured overview that clearly depicts the main points and changes shown in the map(s).
  3. Use an academic tone and style throughout your response.
  4. Include important plans or developments and detail any significant alterations or features.
  5. Select the most essential points to describe carefully, without getting bogged down in less important details.
  6. Complete this task within about 20 minutes, ensuring you have enough time to cover all necessary information without rushing.
  7. Do not provide your personal opinions or speculate on the reasons behind the changes shown in the maps.

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