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Readability Test

We have used Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level tests to get the readability statistics of the text of the news stories published by Indian newspapers. The method to check the readability has been explained in the Help of MS Word 2007. Please click on Help, type Readability Test and click on Search. You will get the details of the Readability Tests which the MS Word 2007 runs for you. Details are summarized for you:

Test your document's readability of Word 2007 documents.

When Microsoft Office Word finishes checking the spelling and grammar, you can choose to display information about the reading level of the document, including readability scores according to the following tests:

  • Flesch Reading Ease
  • Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level

To enable readability statistics, follow these steps
•  Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click Word Options .
•  Click Proofing .
•  Make sure Check grammar with spelling is selected.
•  Under When correcting grammar in Word , select the Show readability statistics check box.

Understand readability scores
Each readability test bases its rating on the average number of syllables per word and words per sentence . The following sections explain how each test scores your file's readability.

Flesch Reading Ease test
This test rates text on a 100-point scale . The higher the score , the easier it is to understand the document. For most standard files, you want the score to be between 60 and 70.

The formula for the Flesch Reading Ease score is:

206.835 – (1.015 x ASL) – (84.6 x ASW)
where:
ASL = average sentence length (the number of words divided by the number of sentences)
ASW = average number of syllables per word (the number of syllables divided by the number of words)

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level test

This test rates text on a U.S. school grade level . For example, a score of 8.0 means that an eighth grader can understand the document . For most documents, aim for a score of approximately 7.0 to 8.0 .

The formula for the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score is:

(.39 x ASL) + (11.8 x ASW) – 15.59
where:
ASL = average sentence length (the number of words divided by the number of sentences)
ASW = average number of syllables per word (the number of syllables divided by the number of words)

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