PTE Academic Reorder Paragraphs Practice Part 1 With Explanation

The central idea of reordering paragraphs in PTE Academic exam is to link the fragments in the jumbled paragraph to make the most logical order of sentences. The students are required to understand the idea and action and look for clues in the sentences.


  • A good way to reorder paragraphs in PTE exam is to make a grouping of 2-3 relevant sentences rather than looking for exact sequence.
  • Look for linking words and if a sentence doesn’t seem to present the same idea as of paragraph, place it as out of context sentence.
  • Look for reference words that connect two paragraphs.
  • Look for clues to identify the opening and closing sentence.


[1]. The paragraphs have been placed in a random order. Restore the original order.

A. Cleaner nations will become richer and their economies grow faster than dirty nations.
B. If Africa were to burn its own coal reserves, the resultant carbon emissions would cause trillions of dollars of damage to the rest of the world.
C. A global carbon market will create a new global system of economic values
D. But if the developed world can’t clean up the globe on its own, it can create market conditions that make reduction in carbon emissions an economic priority for every nation
E. Of course, the US – and all developed nations for that matter – can’t solve the emissions problem alone.

[expand title=”ANSWER & EXPLANATION“]EBDCA is the correct sequence. Sentence E introduces the problem of ’emission’ to the reader so it fits the 1st text box. B is an example of the problem introduced in E so forms the next logical statement after E. D suggests a problem to the solution of carbon emissions and C talks about the effect of such policy so fills 3rd and 4th textbox respectively. A carries forward the effects described in sentence C so forms the next logical and concluding statement.[/expand]

[2]. The paragraphs have been placed in a random order. Restore the original order. 

A. The 16th century in Europe was a great century of change.
B. When all is said and done, the Renaissance helped to secularize European society.
C. The humanists and artists of the Renaissance would help characterize the age as one of individualism and self-creativity.
D. Humanists such as Petrarch helped restore the dignity of mankind while men like Machiavelli injected humanism into politics.
E. The very powerful notion that man makes his own history and destiny took root.

[expand title=”ANSWER & EXPLANATION“]ACDBE is the right sequence. Sentence A can be the lead-off sentence as it is talking about the change in Europe and all the sentences relate to the same idea. Sentence D carried forward the idea expressed in sentence C. It elaborated example of humanists and artists firstly described in sentence C so CD forms a logical group. “the age” in C text refers to the phrase “16th century” mentioned in the previous sentence. So C and D forms 2nd and 3rd text respectively. “When” in sentence B relates to the idea described by sentence C and D. Sentence E fills the last text box as it carries forward the idea discussed in the rest of the paragraph.[/expand]

[3]. The paragraphs have been placed in a random order. Restore the original order. 

A. Professor Brian Huntley from Durham University was alarmed to find that nearly one-third of the White Marbled’s population in southern England had vanished.
B. Inspired by Camille Parmesan’s relocation programme for Quino Checkerspot butterflies, Huntley proposed a way to save the delicate butterflies and maintain biodiversity.
C. The plan, however, was not without risks.
D. Yet on the investigation, those settling in the cooler, wetter climates of North Wales and the Peak District were thriving.

[expand title=”ANSWER & EXPLANATION“]ADBC is the right sequence. The logical sentence to open the paragraph is sentence ‘A’. It gives the introduction of the paragraph. Sentence C can not start the paragraph as it talks about “The Plan” which has not been mentioned as of yet. Sentence D makes no logic to end the paragraph. So sentence D can not at the end, it should be somewhere in the middle. Sentence B is the next logical step as it talks about a way to save the butterflies. The last sentence should be C because it talks about a plan. The most logical sequence seems is A, D, B, and C.[/expand]

4 thoughts on “PTE Academic Reorder Paragraphs Practice Part 1 With Explanation”

  1. Hi Nizmy,

    In the first practice test, I feel it is the wrong answer.

    Non of the sentences will start from the “Of course,” .

    From my experience first sentence will mostly independent and it is “A”.

    Please suggest your opinion in this.

    1. Hello, Viswa

      Sometimes the writer starts the paragraph asking the question or with an example to illustrate the main idea. Though it is not often. And it is also true that sentences can begin with a dependent clause. In such cases, the beginning word is typically an adverb. Do share your views.

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