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Reading Tips - Re-order Paragraph (with Sample Ques)

JithinVarghese

12 Jan, 2020

TIPS
-          Basic grammar is very important
-          Usage of Articles, Common Nouns and Proper nouns.
-          Pronouns and time phrases

• Common noun preceding with article THE is usually referring to something specific. It will follow the proper noun mentioned in the passage.
• Knowledge of Grammar is imperative for Reading in PTE.
• Invest time in preparation of this section.
• Skim each of the paragraphs to get a general idea of the topic.
• Identify the paragraph that is the topic paragraph or main idea. This probably goes first.
• Note any paragraphs that begin with conjunctions such as However, Nevertheless, But, Also, Furthermore, and so on. Such sentences cannot go first.
• Paragraphs that contain pronouns such as he, she, it, they, them are probably referring to something mentioned in an earlier paragraph.
• Look for any obvious clues to the logical order or chronology of events, for example, sequencing words such as first, second, lastly, finally, next, then, after, and so on.
• Keep track of your time using the on-screen timer.



Sample Question:

A: When this bank was founded in 1695, Scots coinage was in short supply and of uncertain value, compared with English, Dutch, Flemish or French coin.
B: In most countries it is only the government, through their central banks, who are permitted to issue currency.
C: To face growth of trade it was deemed necessary to remedy this lack of an adequate currency.
D: But in Scotland three banks are still allowed to issue banknotes.
E: The first Scottish bank to do this was the Bank of Scotland.

Explanation:
1. In most countries it is only the government, through their central banks, who are permitted to issue currency.
This is the first sentence because it provides background information that makes the rest of the information in the passage stand out as significant.
2. But in Scotland three banks are still allowed to issue banknotes.
This is the second sentence because it introduces the subject of the passage. However, it is not the first sentence because “But” and “still allowed” signal that this sentence is referring to a restriction described in a previous sentence.
3. The first Scottish bank to do this was the Bank of Scotland.
This is the third sentence because it gives an example of one of the three banks in Scotland mentioned in the sentence before. Also the phrase “to do this” refers to the phrase, “to issue banknotes” in the sentence before.
4. When this bank was founded in 1695, Scots coinage was in short supply and of uncertain value, compared with English, Dutch, Flemish or French coin.
This is the fourth sentence because “this bank” refers to “the Back of Scotland” mentioned in the third sentence.
5. To face growth of trade it was deemed necessary to remedy this lack of an adequate currency.
This is the fifth sentence because it concludes the paragraph by giving a reason why the Bank of Scotland issued its own currency.