Pearson English Test 20 – Reading (Reorder Paragraphs)

Reorder Paragraphs  – It requires test takers to be familiar with the organization and cohesion of academic texts and arrange text in a single correct order.

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Pearson English Test – Reorder Paragraphs

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

[A]. This is now orthodoxy to which I subscribe— up to a point.
[B]. It emerged from the mathematics of chance and statistics.
[C]. Therefore the risk is measurable and manageable.
[D]. The fundamental concept: Prices are not predictable, but the mathematical laws of chance can describe their fluctuations.
[E]. This is how what business schools now call modern finance was born.



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

[A]. With the passage of time, vices become more apparent and virtues become objects of jealousy and envy, thereby causing contempt and hatred in the hearts of each other.
[B]. They become familiar with not only strengths but also weaknesses of each other’s characters.
[C]. Generally people think that familiarity should breed love, mutual understanding and tolerance.
[D]. They expect that coming together of two persons should bring them closer and forge the bond of kinship between them.
[E]. But when two persons come closer, they come to know not only strengths but also weaknesses of each other’s character.



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

[A]. This very insatiability of the photographing eye changes the terms of confinement in the cave, our world.
[B]. Humankind lingers unregenerately in Plato’s cave, still revelling, its age-old habit, in mere images of truth.
[C]. But being educated by photographs is not like being educated by older images drawn by hand; for one thing, there are a great many more images around, claiming our attention.
[D]. The inventory started in 1939 and since then just about everything has been photographed, or so it seems.
[E]. In teaching us a new visual code, photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at and what we have a right to observe.



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  • Hi,
    I feel DCEBA is the answer because D is opening sentence without any dependency,then C as it is telling about risks,then E which tells about a new method of study by schools followed by B telling how this study emerged and then ending with A as there is no connecting statement after it.
    Please let me know whether I am correct or not.

  • Q1 answer is EBDCA.
    Explanation according to me: let’s start with the most probable answer by all people preparing for PTE. which will be DBCEA, in this sequence, do you think it DBC sequence makes sense to answer ‘How’ modern finance is born? No, we just add it because we have to answer this question.
    Why EBDCA is correct, This paragraph is a subset of another paragraph which explains how modern finance is born. ‘It’ can refer to both Modern Finance and Fundamental concept. There can be multiple concepts in modern finance, among which the fundamental concept is predicting the price fluctuations.

    For PTE Aspirants: Don’t worry, you’ll never see this type of questions in the exam as official guide and Macmillans book clearly says that the paragraph starts with an independent statement. Here option E is not independent. The above question is for CAT aspirants where you have options.
    Admin: I appreciate your efforts on this blog, it would be great if you can avoid this type of questions. Happy blogging!

  • Most of the time, your answers scare me. Perhaps, you are wrong, or I still did not understand how these things work. The problem starts with identifying independent sentence. Although, I am not sure what is the source for these paragraphs. But PTE questions are well constructed and not a copy paste of what someone wrote which these seem to be. Most of the answers don’t make sense at all when built with your key or I must say the author of those paragraphs did not clearly convey the message. For example, Ans 1 starts with “This” !!!

    • Hi Jey,
      We are in the process of updating all these questions. It will take 3-4 days. We will list all the answers with explanation.
      Thanks for pointing out

  • how can a para start with ‘This’. It is referring to something else. The only stand-alone line is D. So Can u please help us to understand why 1st para is not to be started with D ‘Fundamental concept’.

    • Hi Sonia,

      1 thing was quite clear in this question that DCA is a sequence. D talks about the fundamental concept, C further explains it & then A concludes it.
      Now we are left with sentence E & B.
      When we read points E & B, E talks about modern finance & ‘B’ talks about how it is born.

      Now we have two sequences DCA & EB. For me EBDCA makes more sense.

  • I find most of the answers given by you making no sense. It makes me worried if I am wrong or is that you who must have made an error.

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