Brainstorming ideas for essays in exams. Writing essays is a task you are very likely to have to do for Cambridge First, Advanced and Proficiency, as well as IELTS. Even if you've got the right level of grammar and vocabulary for your written exam, there's one more thing you need to be good at to get the best marks: having ideas and organising.
Tips for Writing Essay Exams Back to Helpful Handouts o Writing Center Home Page. Before the Exam: Prepare and Practice Writing a good essay requires synthesis of material that cannot be done in the 20-30 minutes you have during the exam. In the days before the exam, you should: Anticipate test questions. Look at the question from the last exam.