PTE Academic Reading: Reorder Paragraphs Practice Test 16

Reorder Paragraphs  – In re-order paragraphs, you are required to restore the original order of the text.

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


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

[A]. Four days later, Oracle announced its own bid for PeopleSoft, and invited the firm’s board to a discussion.
[B]. Furious that his own plans had been endangered, PeopleSoft’s boss, Craig Conway, called Oracle’s offer “diabolical”, and its boss, Larry Ellison, a “sociopath”.
[C]. In early June, PeopleSoft said that it would buy J.D. Edwards, a smaller rival.
[D]. Moreover, said Mr. Conway, “he could imagine no price nor combination of price and other conditions to recommend accepting the offer.”
[E]. On June 12th, PeopleSoft turned Oracle down.

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CABDE. IF we follow time sequence, ‘C’ is the opening sentence.  ‘A’ follow ‘C’ as ‘four days later’ mean  ‘4 days after Peoplesoft announcement’. Sentence ‘B’ then follows by introducing Peoplesoft boss and his statement. D follows B as it continues the stement by Mr. Craig. ‘E’ sums up the paragraph.

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

[A]. To avoid this, the QWERTY layout put the keys most likely to be hit in rapid succession on opposite sides. This made the keyboard slow, the story goes, but that was the idea.
[B]. A different layout, which had been patented by August Dvorak in 1936, was shown to be much faster.
[C]. The QWERTY design (patented by Christopher Sholes in 1868 and sold to Remington in 1873) aimed to solve a mechanical problem of early typewriters.
[D]. Yet the Dvorak layout has never been widely adopted, even though (with electric typewriters and then PCs) the anti-jamming rationale for QWERTY has been defunct for years.
[E]. When certain combinations of keys were struck quickly, the type bars often jammed.

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CEABD. ‘C’ is the best opening sentence. It says that QWERTY keyboard was designed to solve a specific problem.’E’ discusses what the problem was. ‘A’ then follows, as it discusses how QWERTY keyboard solves the problem & it also talks about QWERTY keyboard shortcoming. ‘B’ follows ‘A’ as it talks about a different keyboard which solved the same problem. ‘C’ sums up the paragraph.
PTE Academic Reading: Reorder Paragraphs Practice Test 16
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