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Reading Test Subscores

The SAT has been redesigned to provide students and educators with enhanced information by reporting more scores than ever before. Based on interest from higher education professionals in a more nuanced view of student performance, as well as feedback from K–12 educators seeking a more specific picture of student achievement, the College Board will publish seven subscores, each on a scale of 1 to 15.

Two subscores will be calculated based on questions from both the Reading and Writing and Language Tests.

Command of Evidence

The SAT Reading Test requires students not only to derive information and ideas from a text but also, in some cases, to identify the portion of the text that serves as the best evidence for the conclusions they reach. In this way, students both interpret text and support their interpretation by citing the most relevant textual support.

Words in Context

The SAT Reading Test measures students’ understanding of the meaning and use of words and phrases in the context of extended prose passages. These words and phrases are neither highly obscure nor specific to any field of study. They are words and phrases whose specific meaning and purpose are derived in large part through the context in which they are used.