Today, I tested the readability of the “easy” text for the home page of the Clear Helper Web site. I decided to use Standard-Schmandard’s Readability Index Calculator because of the trouble I reported in my post, “Juicy Studio Readability Test: Contradictory Results“.
I entered the home page’s easy text and chose the Flesch-Kincaid (English) test. Results:
- Grade level: 13
- Reading Ease score: 44
The Grade Level score indicates a person would have to reach the 13th grade (in the U.S.) to understand the text. The Reading Ease score, for which higher means easier, fell in between comics (score = 90) and legalese (score = below 10) according to Standards Schmandards. I was disappointed the text I wrote scored so poorly.
I then removed all three-syllable words. Results:
- Grade level: 11
- Reading Ease score: 55
These were still not the scores for which I was hoping. I’m having a difficult time finding information on which levels of scores would be good for people with intellectual disabilities, but I know even the last set are too high.
My next step is to attempt to simplify the text, then try another readability test. Results will be posted.
Note: This is a follow-up to the post, “Switching Between Standard- & Plain Language Versions: 1st Attempt“.