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Band 7+ Map / Diagram Answer Samples

Band 7 Map Answer Sample 10


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The two maps below show an island, before and after the construction of some tourist facilities.

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The maps illustrate how an island has changed following the development of various facilities for visitors.

Overall, there have been significant constructions in the island in terms of accommodation and facilities for tourists. It is noteworthy that these developments have occurred without any noticeable damage to the trees.

The length of the island is over 1200 metres while its width varies from about 200 to 500 metres in different places. The only significant features before the constructions were a beach in the west and a few palm trees in the eastern and western halves, apart from which the island was completely bare.

The beach has now been equipped with swimming facilities, and the western woodland is surrounded by a series of huts which are connected to each other and to the beach via footpaths. There is also a restaurant in the northern part which is connected to a reception building in the middle of the island, as well as a new pier to the south, by means of a vehicle track. Finally, a larger set of huts have been constructed between the reception and the eastern woodland.

Band 7 Map Answer Sample 9


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The diagrams below show the changes that have taken place at West Park Secondary School since its construction in 1950.


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The diagrams illustrate how West Park Secondary School has developed since 1950 when it was built. Overall, the school saw significant growth although its recreational facilities did not develop as much as its buildings and parking space.

In 1950, the school was a single building located along the main road and to the right of a series of houses. There was a large playground which was located right behind the school building to the right of some farmland.

Thirty years later in 1980, the houses were demolished and replaced by a car park, as well as a new science block, for the school while the old school building was changed into its main building. The farmland was also replaced by a new sports field, but the playground remained unchanged.

In the last year, 2010, the car park was extended, as a result of which the land previously allocated to the sports field was added to it. However, about a third of the old playground was turned into a new, yet much smaller, sports field.

Band 7 Map Answer Sample 8


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The diagrams below show some principles of house design for cool and for warm climates.

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The diagrams show how house designs differ according to climate.

The most noticeable difference between houses designed for cool and warm climates is in the shape of the roof. The designs also differ with regard to the windows and the use of insulation.

We can see that the cool climate house has a high-angled roof, which allows sunlight to enter through the window. By contrast, the roof of the warm climate house has a peak in the middle and roof overhangs to shade the windows. Insulation and thermal building materials are used in cool climates to reduce heat loss, whereas insulation and reflective materials are used to keep the heat out in warm climates.

Finally, the cool climate house has one window which faces the direction of the sun, while the warm climate house has windows on two sides which are shaded from the sun. By opening the two windows at night, the house designed for warm climates can be ventilated

Band 7 Map Answer Sample 7


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The diagram below shows 3 proposed sites for a hypermarket in the town of Pellington.

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

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There are three proposed sites in Pellington shown in the map where a new hypermarket is going to be built.

As can be seen, the population in Pellington is 120,000 which is quite a large city.

Hence, there is a need to carefully select which area is the most suitable. Firstly, site A seems to have the largest residential area in the region with a traffic-free zone and a medium sized park situated in the middle. Moreover, the industrial area in site A is also the largest compared to the same areas in site B and C.

Next, considering site B which is on the east side of site A, around 80% of site B is countryside and the rest is for industries. There is a long and straight motorway dividing site A and B from the north to the south. Finally, let us consider site C. Site C has the second largest residential area in Pellington and there is an airport on the west side. Site A and C are separated by a long railway which is close to the traffic-free zone of site A.

Band 7 Map Answer Sample 6


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The diagram below shows the water cycle, which is the continuous movement of water on, above and below the surface of the Earth.

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The picture illustrates the way in which water passes from ocean to air to land during the natural process known as the water cycle.

Three main stages are shown on the diagram. Ocean water evaporates, falls as rain, and eventually runs back into the oceans again.

Beginning at the evaporation stage, we can see that 80% of water vapour in the air comes from the oceans. Heat from the sun causes water to evaporate, and water vapour condenses to form clouds. At the second stage, labelled ‘precipitation’ on the diagram, water falls as rain or snow.

At the third stage in the cycle, rainwater may take various paths. Some of it may fall into lakes or return to the oceans via ‘surface runoff’. Otherwise, rainwater may filter through the ground, reaching the impervious layer of the earth. Salt water intrusion is shown to take place just before groundwater passes into the oceans to complete the cycle.

Band 7 Map Answer Sample 5


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The diagram below shows how a central heating system in a house works.

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This diagram provides an overview of a domestic central heating system. It shows how the tank, boiler and pipes ensure a constant flow of hot water to both the radiators and the taps.

The cold water enters the house and is stored in a water storage tank in the roof. From there ü flows down to the boiler, located on the ground floor of the house.

The boiler, which is fuelled by gas or oil, heats up the water as it passes through it. The hot water is then pumped round the house through a system of pipes and flows into the radiators, located in different rooms. The water circulates through the radiators, which have small tubes inside them to help distribute the heat, and this warms each of the rooms. Some of the water is directed to the taps to provide hot water for the house.

Once the water has been through the pipes and radiators, it is returned to the boiler to be re-heated and circulated round the house again.

Band 7 Map Answer Sample 4


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The diagram below gives the information about the Hawaiian island chain in the center of the Pacific Ocean.

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The Hawaiian island chain, in the centre of the Pacific Ocean, is approximately 2,700 km in length. It is formed of volcanoes and the active ones are at the south-east tip of the archipelago, where Hawaii itself is located.

It is believed that the chain began to form nearly 80 million years ago. Each island started to evolve after an eruption on the sea floor. First, a `hot spot’ existed on the ocean bed, which let out a plume of material called magma. This magma may originate as deep as 2,883km below the ocean bed. Next, further eruptions took place, which built up the volcano. Eventually, it emerged above the surface of the ocean.

Since that time, the spume of magma has remained static as the Pacific tectonic plate moves in a north-west direction across it at a speed of 7-9cm per year. As it moves, a volcano forms as it passes over the hotspot and then become inactive when it has passed it.

Band 7 Map Answer Sample 3


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The map below is of the town of Garlsdon. A new supermarket (S) is planned for the town. The map shows two possible sites for the supermarket.

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The illustrated map compares and contrasts two possible sites namely S1 and S2 planned for a supermarket to be built in the town of Garlsdon with a population of 65,000.

A glance at the diagram reveals that there are significant differences  with some obvious similarities between the two sites in terms of their location and accessibility.

[1st body paragraph about the location]
Looking at the information in more detail, S1 is in the countryside to the north west of Garlsdon. Although it is close to one of the residential area of the town, it remains more remote to the southern area. Contrastingly, S2 is between the housing area, which surrounds the town center.

[2nd body paragraph about the accessibility]
Because of the main roads from Hindon, Bransdon and Cransdon to Garlsdon town center, S2 is easily reachable however, being no traffic zone, it cannot accommodate any number of traffic. By contrast, S1 lies on the main road to Hindon, but it would be more difficult to reach from Bransdon and Cransdon. Interestingly, both supermarket sites are close to the railway that runs through Garlsdon from Hindon to Cransdon.

Band 7 Map Answer Sample 2


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The map shows changes in the Chorleywood.

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The map shows how a village called Chorleywood developed over a period of 126 years. Overall, it saw considerable growth, both in the establishment of new residential areas and transportation routes, which occurred over four phases.

From 1868 to 1883 there were only two main roads in the region with Chorleywood covering a small area along one of them. Over the next 40 years, the village grew southward alongside the road and a railway was built in 1909 passing through this part. Chorleywood station is also located in this area of the village.

Over the period between 1922 and 1970, the railway was the line along which Chorleywood expanded, both towards the east and west. However, a motorway was constructed in 1970 parallel to one of the main roads and further development of the village occurred around its intersections with the other main road and the railway between 1970 and 1994.

Furthermore, Chorleywood Park and Golf course is now located in an area enclosed by the two main roads, the railway and this motorway.

Band 7 Map Answer Sample 1


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The map shows changes in the Riversdale University.

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The two maps reveal several changes to Riversdale University Between 1973 and 2010.

By 2010, improvements had been made to service facilities. The nature reserve in the campus’s south west in 1973 made way for a second car park adjacent to a new tram stop. The previous car park located in the north-east corner had also been extended. In 2010, two bridges joined the two parts of the campus, compared with only one in 1973. In addition, there was a relocation of the student union building north of the existing sports centre.

There were also noticeable changes to the educational facilities. The library, which remained in the centre of the campus, was extended. South of this, a large, new building became the shared home of Law and Social Sciences. In the 37-year period, there were no changes to the Sciences, Economics and Administration buildings. In contrast, Fine Arts no longer appeared to exist and the Information Sciences Faculty took over this facility. A future plan includes the building of a medical school by 2019.

Overall, by 2010, there were several new developments that showed an improvement to amenities and reflected new trends in university studies.

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