Brevet English Web Site 

Click on the Brevet Checklist to see if
you are ready for the Official English Exam

Just remember that... HANDWRITING is CRUCIAL!
Whatever they do not understand, they do not correct!

You should also keep in mind that... in the whole exam,
Content counts for half, and Grammar and Spelling count for the other half!

In essay writing, organization is extremely important:
You need to have a good thesis statement that you follow throughout the essay and,
in the end, a good thesis restatement that rephrases the thesis and respects the order of ideas.
You need to follow a good Outline.
Besides, you should never write more that 220 words.
Therefore, try to have only two body paragraphs.

In reading comprehension, you need to be very concise and precise:
All answers need to be written in FULL sentences.
You will need to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate.

Official Exam Sample

English Program for Brevet Students:(Besides the HS program)
(Click on the underlined words to get to web pages related to them)
- Very concise and precise essays- 200 to 220 words maximum
- Very clear thesis and restatement of thesis-
- Handwritten essays in order to check for language mistakes: spelling, mechanics, grammar, etc...
+ Outlining (click for web page) + Outline Fill-In Form +
Outline Peer Evaluation Form
+ Use of Transition Words (click for web page)

Writing Center Handouts:
Writing: Tips: ttp://

  • Comparisons
  • Direct/Indirect Speech
  • Passive Voice
  • Question Tags
  • Singular/Plural (advanced)
  • Tenses 1 + Tenses 2 + Conditional mood  (objective tests)
  • Irreg Verbs
  • Verbs not to confuse + Notorious Confusables
  • Punctuation (Commas)
  • Capitalization 1  2
  • Prepositions
  • Prompts (General Revision of grammar + sentence structure)
  • Error Analysis
  • Consistency
  • Run Ons
  • Spelling
  • Phrasal Verbs

    - Skimming & Scanning for Comprehension
    - Setting (click for web page)
    - Characters (click for web page)
    - Point of View (click for web page)
    - Tone & Mood (click for web page)
    - Theme (click for web page)
    - Plot (in detail) :
    1- Exposition: introduction that includes the setting—time and place; introduces main characters; provides background information; sets scene; establishes potential for conflict (no action)
    2- Complication or Rising events/action: a series of events that lead to the climax. Characters engage in conflicts; antagonism is heightened.
    3- Climax: moment of greatest emotional intensity, the highest point in the story where there is the most suspense, turning point.
    4- Falling events/action: immediate consequences of crisis, the events that bring the story to an end.
    5- Resolution/Denouement: the conclusion that includes unraveling of tensions; most questions answered; characters left to deal with consequences of conflicts. (no action)

    - Exploration of Style + Figures of Speech (alliteration, onomatopoeia, oxymoron, asyndeton, personification, hyperbole, simile, metaphor…)
    Simile: comparing one thing to another using like or as.
    Metaphor: comparing one thing to another without using like or as (e.g.: you are a lion)
    Hyperbole: exaggeration to the point of the ridiculous
    Oxymoron: using two terms together which have opposing or conflicting meanings
    Personification: attributing lifelike qualities to something not human
    Onomatopoeia: words which signify the sounds they represent (i.e. "bark"; "he clattered and clanged as he washed the dishes"; "splash"; "wow"; "boom!")
    Alliteration: when a series of words begin with a similar sound
    Asyndeton: series of action without and or but (e.g.: Julius Caesar's "I came, I saw, I conquered")
    - Getting used to answering questions properly, appropriately, and accurately
    - Questions include analysis, synthesis, and evaluation (eg: inference) => higher order thinking skills
    + Reflecting on Ways to Improve Lebanon (Problems & Solutions)
    (=> relate everything studied to self and Lebanon)

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