Readability Statistics

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Guide to using MS word readability statistics to make documents more accessible to second language learners, reluctant readers etc.

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  • Readability Statistics

    1. 1. MS Readability Statistics • Understanding how they work • How they can help readability
    2. 2. Readability Statistics in MS Word
    3. 3. What am I looking for? Easy to read texts have low numbers in the following: passive voice words per sentence characters per word Flesch Reading Grade level Aim for a high number (60+) for Flesch 3
    4. 4. Academic Essays/ Assignments How easy to read? Here is an analysis of an assignment brief for a low level. Sentences per paragraph: 1 (low) Words per sentence: 12 (high) Characters per word: 5.3 (low) Passive: 9% (very high) Flesch Reading Ease: (30.4 ) (very high) Flsch Kikaid: 12.1 (very high) Analysis Text: use of passive voice, number of long sentences. Vocabulary score slightly misleading because of amount of repetition.

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