At lower levels, it's not so difficult as the questions are fairly straightforward.
For example, this essay for FCE: You have to say whether there is too much sport on TV or whether the amount of sport on TV is acceptable.
The length of the essay and the complexity of the question vary depending on the exam, but the basic skills are the same.
We've looked at writing introductions to essays and at how to brainstorm and plan them.
You can go either way or choose a balance between the two positions, for example, by suggesting it depends on the audience or the country.
As long as you develop and support your argument, it is hard to go wrong here.
But there's one more very important aspect to look at.
As a teacher, I have often had to give low marks to well-organised essays with good grammar and vocabulary with the comment "RTQ" – Read The Question. Analyse it, perhaps by underlining the parts of it that are important, and then plan.
It’s important to get used to the types of questions in the exam.
This will build your confidence and develop your exam technique.---About Cambridge English Cambridge English Language Assessment is part of the University of Cambridge.