||[Dec. 2nd, 2009|09:51 am]
Using a previous recent post (47 WPM) here's some stats:|
Readability measures are primarily based on factors such as the number of words in the sentences, and the number of letters or syllables per word (that is, as a reflection of word frequency). ‘Readability’ describes the ease with which a document can be read. Two of the most commonly used measures are the Flesch Reading Ease formula and the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level.
Rudolf Flesch developed the Flesch Readability Index to indicate the readability of military training manuals, which contain some technical language and unfamiliar terms. The output of the Flesch Reading Ease formula is a number from 0 to 100, with a higher score indicating easier reading. The average document has a Flesch Reading Ease score ranging from 6 to 70.
The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level formula converts the Reading Ease Score to a U.S. grade-school level.
Reading Ease Score Reading Level U.S.grade-school level
0 to 30 Very difficult College level
30 to 40 Difficult High school or 1-2 years of college
50 Fairly difficult Some high school
60 to 70 Standard 8th and 9th grade students
80 to 90 Easy 5th grade students
90 to 100 Very easy 4th grade students
Literacy experts recommend that documents aimed at a large public audience should be written at the 5th grade level at the highest. A study reveals that the Flesch reading ease score for Reader’s Digest is 65 / standard, Time magazine is 52 / fairly difficult and that of Newsweek is 50 / fairly difficult.
Excellent, I write like a 12 year old! Fortunately it means I'm accessible (ooo-er) to a good range of people without sounding too stupid or too brainy. =)
Now, I just have to work on grammar, essay structure, and think about what I write before I do so. =)