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IELTS Report on maps showing changes at a town centre

IELTS Report on maps showing changes at a town centre

The following maps show the changes that have taken place in the centre of the town since 1700. 

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

Write at least 150 words.

IELTS Report on maps

IELTS Report 1 on maps showing changes at a town centre


The given maps illustrate the infrastructural changes made at the town centre. These changes are compared between the year 1700 and the current year.


Over 318 years, the town was almost completely reconstructed. The majority of structures were either demolished to make way for new construction or were refurbished. Very few places in the town date back to 1700.

Body Paragraph 1 on unchanged features

To name the unchanged structures and places in the town, the bridge on the river still exists in the town. Also, the market square and church located in the town centre remain intact even after 318 years.

Body Paragraph 2 on structures that were modified

Among the structures which changed, the Steggle Farm, as can be seen in the left bottom corner of the 1700’s map, was removed to build a wider road later named the Steggle road. Opposite to it, some fields had been utilised to make space for a row of houses. Near St. Peter’s lane, houses and stables were knocked down to build a supermarket, a block of flats and a series of smaller homes. Similarly, the Goode farm located at the top centre of the 1700’s map has been wiped out to make way for a car park and construct houses.

Body Paragraph 3 on new features of the map

On the other hand, expansion along the high street road can be seen as the number of shops has increased, and the hotel’s main building has been added with a wing. Also, the streets in the town have been modified with the addition of the signal, zebra crossing, and roundabout with an extension.

Review of IELTS Report 1 on maps showing changes at a town centre

  • The author of the map presents a brief and apt introduction and overview of the map. They explain the maps and the main features and even compares them wherever necessary.
  • Body paragraphs are sorted well with unique descriptions. While the first one focuses on unchanged features, the second paragraph describes all those changed completely. The last section explains the remaining structures that were newly built.
  • Although the author uses simple words, they use them appropriately. All ideas are stitched together using linking words aptly.

Now let’s compare another report with this one.

IELTS Report 2 on maps showing changes at a town centre

The given maps illustrate the numerous modifications undergone by the centre of the town since the 17th century. Overall, it can be seen that various changes have taken place in the town centre in this period of over three centuries, but few landmarks like the bridge, market square and church remain untouched.

The Steggle farm, which was at the bottom extreme left corner of the map, was replaced, and in its place, a wide road was constructed. An independent house at the bottom right corner was demolished, and the area was utilised for a supermarket adjacent to St. Peters lane. On opposite to its side of the road, stables were replaced with a block of flats and independent houses with row houses near the market street. Goode farm is no more in existence, and that area is utilised for building new homes, and almost half of the land is reserved for the car park.

New houses are constructed near the Steggle road on fields, shops on the high street have also increased in number. St. Peters lane stands extended to the bottom of the map, and a Roundabout has been created to connect High street with St. Peter’s lane. The hotel building at the centre has been extended to form one more structure.

In this period, the Market square and church, which are centrally located and the bridge at the extreme top left corner, remain unchanged. 

Review of IELTS Report 2 on maps showing changes at a town centre

  • Although the report may seem impressive at first glance, there are many errors. The first and most damaging issue is that the report doesn’t have a separate overview paragraph. 
  • The ideas are sorted well into body paragraphs, but they are not connected well with the help of cohesive devices at all. 
  • Also, the author uses the term 17th century, which signifies the period from 1601 to 1700, but in reality, we are considering the period after 1700. So, technically the usage of the term 17th Century is inappropriate here. 

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