This is the third part and the conclusion of How to Answer Paragraph Organization Tests Series. In the first part, we have learned how to strategically order random sentences into a coherent paragraph, and, in the second part, we have learned how to make use of the choices in Paragraph Organization questions to increase the chance of getting the correct answer.
In this post, I will share with you a personal strategy, the things I usually do when I answer Paragraph Organization questions. Note, however, that different strategies work for different persons, so be careful. You should try out the strategy first before using it in actual exams.
Let us use the question below for discussion.
Choices a. A-C-B-E-D b. C-A-B-E-D c. C-E-B-A-D d. D-B-A-E-C e. E-D-B-A-C
This is what I do when I answer Paragraph Organization questions:
- I read the question thoroughly by reading all the sentences.
- I look for the sentence that might be a candidate as a first sentence in the paragraph. This is usually easy to see since it introduces the topic.
- I look at the choices and see which of them has my choice as first sentence. For example, in the paragraph above, if I know that the first sentence is C, then I only have to consider b and c. This narrows the choices to 2 instead of 5.
- Once I already narrowed the choices, I look for the sentence that might be a conclusion. In the case above it’s D. Note that both b and c has D as the last sentence, so I have now to choose between b and c.
- I read the paragraph in the order of b and c and see check which is more coherent.
Note that the strategy above happens very fast because of time constraint. You have to read as fast as you can.
Now, all you have to do is to practice it and see if it works for you. Remember, just knowing the first sentence already increases your chance of getting the correct answer.