Reorder Paragraphs Practice Test – PTE Academic Reading

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.

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Reorder Paragraphs Practice Sample

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


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 makes 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.


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 makes sense.

[A]. Would it kill you to not drive for the fun of it, possibly walk or carpool?

[B]. These machines release chemicals into the air which pollutes the stuff we breathe into our bodies.

[C]. If we want to breathe healthy air so we can enjoy the outdoors, we’re going to have to be more conscious of what we do.

[D]. Every time we gun that engine or peel our tires we pollute the air.

[E]. We use huge machinery to destroy the rainforests.


E is the opening sentence, independent and stands alone. ‘B’ follows ‘E’ as ‘these machines’ in sentence ‘B’ is referring to machines introduced in sentence ‘E’. Sentence ‘D’ flows sentence ‘B as ‘that engine’ is referring to the engines of the machine.

Next sentence has to be ‘C’ as it talks about ‘healthy air’ which is just the opposite of sentence ‘D’. Sentence ‘A’ concludes the sentence as it suggests what we should do.

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


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. 

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