Essay-based examinations are common in many subjects. The writing skills you need to do well in this type of exam are similar to those needed for writing coursework essays, but the situation is very different: in an essay exam, you have to write on an unseen topic under timed conditions. This makes many students anxious about their ability to do well in exams. If you are one of them, these pages will help. They contain information and advice on how to prepare for essay exams, how to tackle the exam paper and how to answer the questions.