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.
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