Blog Readability Test

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I’ve just been having a bit of fun with this… The Blog Readability Test. What level of education is required to understand your blog? – as seen on David Cushman’s site.

Apparently you require a “high school” education to read this blog.

I haven’t dug around to see what, if any, algorithm is being used to calculate readability.

Rather worryingly when I put http://news.bbc.co.uk in it came back saying you needed to have a college postgrad education to read it, and to be able to read www.google.com you need to be a Genius. Something fishy going on there methinks.

6 Replies to “Blog Readability Test”

  1. create a google doc, paste in some text, file / wordcount, RH col are some readability scores, click the ? for more info.

    PS Nice fav icon

  2. Interesting, I didn’t know about that thanks. I guess hiding it under Word Count doesn’t help.

    I just tried it on a document I’d been drafting and got the following:

    Counts
    Words:  227
    Characters (no spaces):  1364
    Characters (with spaces):  1582
    Paragraphs:  25
    Sentences:  50
    Pages (approximate):  2
    Readability
    Average sentences per paragraph:  2.00
    Average words per sentence:  4.54
    Average characters per word:  6.01
    Average words per page:  113.50
    Flesch Reading Ease: [?]  38.62
    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: [?]  9.00
    Automated Readability Index: [?]  9.00

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