Reading Content Alignment

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The tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments measure the same skills and knowledge in ways that make sense for different grade levels. As students progress, the Reading Tests keep pace, matching the scope and difficulty of work being done in the classroom.

Increasing Text Complexity

The differences in passages are one of the most important distinctions among the Reading Tests found in the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT. As text complexity increases, the student’s ability to draw on reading skills becomes more crucial and the tasks more challenging.

As students advance from test to test, they’ll also see:

  • More reading questions
  • Longer passages
  • More passages paired with informational graphics
Examples of Progression
Area of Focus PSAT 8/9 PSAT 10 AND PSAT/NMSQT SAT
Inference Draw a fairly simple, one-step conclusion spelled out clearly in text. Draw an inference to reach the right conclusion. Perform several steps to draw the right conclusion.
Relationships Identify relationships based on multiple, fairly straightforward pieces of information stated in the text. Infer somewhat more complicated relationships based on more subtle pieces of information stated in the text. Infer more complex relationships from the text by piecing facts or incidents together.
Graphics Determine explicit meaning from the graphic or text. Recognize trends in graphical data. Synthesize information from a graphic and passage.