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PTE Quiz – Reading – Paragraph Re-order

This section is PTE Reading Paragraph reorder question, Check out our PTE Reading Paragraph reorder tips to get started.

For this item type, you need to restore the original order of the text and leave the correct sequence in the comment section below.

  1. By the beginning of World War II, many towns and cities has built airports, and there were numerous qualified pilots available.
  2. One of the most successful designs of this period was the Douglas DC-3, which became the first airliner that was profitable carrying passengers exclusively, starting the modern era of passenger airline service.
  3. Great progress was made in the field of aviation during the 1920s and 1930s, such as Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight in 1927 and Charles Kingsford Smith’s transpacific flight the following year.
  4. The war brought many innovations to aviation, including the first jet aircraft and the first liquid-fueled rockets.


PTE Reading – Re-Order Paragraph explained!

First, you need to find the independent /starting sentence, which is the sentence that doesn’t refer to other sentences such as events, people or time et cetera.

With that being said, let’s look at which sentence(s) (can be more than one independent sentence) can or can’t be considered as independent /starting sentence.

B contains “this period” (what is this period?) and D contains “The war” (what war?), both sentences are dependent on something. Hence, neither can be used for the starting /independent sentence.

Now we are left with A and C, and the tricky part is that both sentence are candidate for the independent sentence, but we can only have one starting sentence.

So to figure out which one is the first sentence for this paragraph, we could find some clues by looking at the context of this question, which is about a series of events from 1920s to World Wall II(1939-1945). In most cases we can assume that the paragraph follows a chronological order by eliminating A as it refers to “By the beginning of Word War II”, whereas C refers to an earlier time of “1920s”. Hence starting/independent sentence is C.

So C

Rest are pretty simple and straightforward. After C is B, this is because B contains “this period” which refers to “1920s-1930s” of C.

So C B

After B is A, as A is the other independent /starting sentence.

So C B A

Finally, we have D, not only because it’s the only sentence left, but also because D contains “The war” that is the reference of “World War II” mentioned in A.

Final Answer is C B A D

Good luck with your PTE preparation.



  1. Yek raj June 14, 2018 at 6:53 am - Reply


  2. John June 14, 2018 at 7:00 am - Reply

    C, b, a, d

  3. muhammad ateeq June 14, 2018 at 4:29 pm - Reply


  4. Saurabh P June 15, 2018 at 2:03 am - Reply


  5. chadhasuman34 January 11, 2019 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    i m confused for re-order paragraph

  6. harish gali January 15, 2019 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    i am also confusing

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