Academic Writing task 1 | How to write an overview in a maps question


aerial view of a town

When comparing maps, you can also put all the differences into groups. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What features were modified?

  • What was added?

  • What was removed?

  • Is there any other major change?

Ask yourself these questions for the map task below:


writing task 1 maps sample

Overview for maps

When comparing maps, you can also put all the differences into groups. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What features were modified?

  • What was added?

  • What was removed?

  • Is there any other major change?

​Ask yourself these questions for the map task below:


Here are my answers:

  • What features were modified? The staff car park and public car park. The bus stops.

  • What was added? Roundabouts.

  • What was removed? Nothing.

  • Is there any other major change? No.

Now I can use just a few words to describe all the changes:

"In general, we can see that the parking and bus facilities were expanded, while some additional road infrastructure was added."

Notice that my overview is only one sentence long. This is fine, because I still include all the differences between the two maps.

Let's do the same with another map question:


writing task 1 maps sample 2
  • What features will be modified? The gym (it will be made bigger).

  • What will be added? Changing rooms, dance studios and a sports hall (sports facilities). Also, a sports shop and a café (commercial facilities).

  • What will be removed? Outdoor courts.

  • Will there be any other major changes? Everything will be located indoors.

I can now use a few words to describe all these differences in my overview:

"In general, we can see that the sports centre will be enlarged, the outdoor facilities will be removed and everything will be located indoors. Additionally, some new commercial and sports facilities will be developed."

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