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Abstract:This article reports the procedures of developing the Reading Scale of Chinas Standards of English (CSERS) and its validation. First, from the view of the multidimensionality, the author defines the construct of reading ability, which consists of cognitive ability and reading strategies. Cognitive ability includes identifying and extracting, summarizing and analyzing, criticizing and assessing, while reading strategies include planning, executing, evaluating and monitoring. Second, the author introduces the general formats and specific procedures of descriptor compiling. The procedures comprise the preparation stage, construction of the descriptor pool, validation and revision of the descriptors, and publication of the descriptors. Finally, the author elaborates on the procedures and methods of validating the CSERS empirically.