Writing topics. Essay Writing Topics. In the Proficiency Exam, you are required to write a 200-250 word essay on one of two topics. The format may be an essay, a memorandum, a letter, a report or other. You have 50 minutes to do this. Some example topics: Topic 1. These days, people live much longer than they used to. Discuss the benefits of living longer and the problems it can cause. What is.