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Re-Order Paragraphs

  • Alfa PTE
  • 22 May 2020
   About Re-Order Paragraphs
Several text boxes will appear jumbled-up or in random order & the student will have to arrange them in the right order. A Student is judged on the ability to understand the organization and cohesion of an academic text.
For this item type, you need to restore the original order of the text by selecting text boxes and dragging them across the screen.
There are two ways you can move the text:
  1. Left-click on a box to select it (it will be outlined in blue), hold the left mouse button down, and drag it to the desired location.
  2. Left-click on a box to select it, and then left-click on the left and right arrow buttons to move it across. On the right panel, you can also use the up and down arrow buttons to re-order the boxes.

To deselect a box, left-click elsewhere on the screen.

  Test Tips:

Read all the text boxes quickly before you start re-ordering them:

Read the text boxes in order to understand the main idea of each one. You can do this by noting the keywords.

Next, use the keywords to form an overall idea of what the original text is about. This will help you find the logical order for the ideas in the text boxes:


Find the topic sentence first:

Every well-written paragraph has a topic sentence. It is usually a clear statement about the topic, and all the other sentences are related in some way to this sentence.

The topic sentence can stand alone; it does not begin with a linker or a pronoun that refers back to something or someone (e.g., ‘he’ or ‘this’), nor does it does refer back to information or actions previously mentioned through the use of things like passive verb tenses (‘No link was found’):

How this question is scored:
Your response for Re-order Paragraphs is judged on your ability to understand the organization and cohesion of an academic text. If all text boxes are in the correct order, you receive the maximum score points for this question type. If one or more textboxes are in the wrong order, partial credit scoring applies.
  • This question type affects the scoring of only reading.
  • Your listening, speaking and writing skills are not tested by this question type.

Source:  https://pearsonpte.com

  Tips By ALFA:

 When you start attempting this question your first goal should be to identify the leading paragraph. This is often easy to do as the leading paragraph has some unique characteristics.


 Look for the independent sentence, and Look for noun-pronoun relationships.


 Look for connecting words. Words, for example, however, therefore, because, indicate that the sentence preceding these words. Sentences starting with one of these words are infrequently the first sentences.


 Once you have found the leading paragraph, you should look for the next paragraph. There are two things to consider. First, the second paragraph should add on to what the first paragraph introduced. Second, the paragraph should have a link with something in the previous paragraph.


 Once you have arranged all paragraphs in the right order, make sure you read them again. Sometimes in subsequent reading, you will feel that a paragraph can be moved in another place. Do it and see how it impacts the meaning of the whole text.


 At times you will be confused between different paragraphs. In that case, you should put each paragraph in position one by one and see how it affects the order of other paragraphs and the meaning of the text.


 In any reading that you do, begin seeing how sections and paragraphs are connected to one another. This expertise is at the center of the reorder passage question type. Begin seeing how sections change starting with one then onto the next.


 Remember if nothing works focus on the paring of the sentences. And you will get your marks based on pairs.