PTE Academic Reading: Reorder Paragraphs Practice Test 01

Reorder Paragraphs – The candidate is expected to rearrange the sentences in a logical order such that they make sense. The answers for the following paragraphs are given below.

This item type assesses reading skills. It requires test takers to be familiar with the organization and cohesion of academic texts and arrange text in a single correct order.


1. Re-order / Rearrange the sentence in such a way that make sense.

[A].  The hyena-like animal, Palaeonictis wingi, evolved from the size of a bear to the size of a coyote during a 200,000-year period.

[B]. Extinct carnivorous mammals shrank in size during a global warming event that occurred 55 million years ago, according to a new University of Florida study.

[C]. Following this global warming event, Earth’s temperature cooled and the animal evolved to a larger size.

[D].  Earth’s average temperature in this period increased about 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

[E]. The study describes a new species that evolved to half the size of its ancestors during this period of global warming.

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BEADC. B introduces the paragraph and the study. E continues the details of the study. A provides the example with the justification in D and C concludes the paragraph.  

2. Re-order / Rearrange the sentence in such a way that make sense.

[A]. Three years later, he earned a law degree from Duke University, where he was head of the student bar association and graduated near the top of his class.

[B]. He was the second of five sons of Francis Anthony Nixon (1878-1956), who struggled to earn a living running a grocery store and gas station, and his wife, Hannah Milhous Nixon (1885-1967).

[C]. He attended Whittier College, where he excelled as a debater and was elected president of the student body before graduating in 1934.

[D]. Richard Milhous Nixon was born on January 9, 1913, in Yorba Linda, California.

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DBCA. D introduces the paragraph & B further gives detail about Richard. CA is a sequence.

3. Re-order / Rearrange the sentence in such a way that make sense.

[A]. Miss Sullivan arrived at the Keller home when Helen was seven.

[B]. The deaf and blind Helen learned to communicate verbally.

[C]. But eventually, Miss Sullivan’s effort was rewarded.

[D]. Before Helen Keller was two years old, she lost her sight and her hearing.

[E]. Miss Sullivan worked closely with Helen, her new student.

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DAEBC. The paragraph is about Helen and her teacher. D should be the opening sentence followed by A.  Miss Sullivan began working Helen, so E should be the next sentence followed by E. C sums up the paragraph.

4. Re-order / Rearrange the sentence in such a way that make sense.

[A]. And that the pursuit of money by whatever design within the law is always benign.

[B]. And it holds broadly that the greater the amount of money, the greater the intelligence.

[C]. This is the institutional truth of Wall Street; this you will be required to believe.

[D]. The institutional truth of the financial world holds that association with money implies intelligence.

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DBAC. D is introducing the paragraph. B is further explaining point ‘D’. As ‘financial world holds that association’ in D & ‘And it holds broadly’ in B makes more sense. C sums up the paragraph so it has to be DBAC. 
PTE Academic Reading: Reorder Paragraphs Practice Test 01
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