PTE Reading Fill in the blanks Sample 1:

PTE Reading Fill in the Blanks Samples and Sample Answers

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For much of the 19th century, the university consisted of decentralized and separate (1)__________ specializing in Political Science, Philosophy, and Pure Science. In 1979, these faculties were (2)_________ into the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In 1991, the faculties of Columbia College, the School of General Studies, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts, and the School of Professional Studies were merged into the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, (3)__________ to the academic integration and centralized governance of these schools.

merged     faculties     adjacent     included     facilities     leading


  1. faculties
  2. merged
  3. leading

Answer Explanation:

  1. [description of the different faculties in form of Political Science, Philosophy etcetera is given]
  2. [as the sentence is passive, the word form in the blank should be V3 (third form of the verb), so the possible options are ‘merged’ and ‘included’. Out of these two, the word that collocates with the preposition ‘into’ is merged, so the answer is ‘merged’.]
  3. [an action is already completed in the clause preceding the blank which indicates the sentence is directed towards the result of the action completed (…were merged into…..________ to…). The word which indicates the results from the given option is ‘leading’.]

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