The energy loss in multifilamentary superconducting tapes has been measured for various orientations of the external ac magnetic field. When the ac loss in parallel and perpendicular fields is known, the loss at intermediate field angles can be predicted over a wide range of field amplitudes. The prediction is based upon the following assumptions: For low-field amplitudes, the current patterns that would be induced in the tape by the parallel and perpendicular field components can be summed. For high-field amplitudes, the tape only carries the current pattern induced by the perpendicular field component. These assumptions are supported by theory.