In his book The Art of Readable Writing, Rudolf Flesch gives 3 simple readability statistics to rate
your writing's readability:
Simple. Word’s spelling and grammar checker has these statistics built in. Go to Word’s
Proofing Settings and select Show readability statistics.
Let’s go back to our example from the home page. Copy-paste the following text into Word:
"This sentence expresses itself by utilizing complicated words with an
abundant number of syllables, is communicated in the passive voice,
and is overly long relative to the point it desires to make.”
Now, to check for readability, do the following:
Here’s one way to make the text easier-to read:
“This sentence uses complex words, too many syllables,
and the passive voice. Also, it takes too long to make its point.”
Check your text again. Now, the statistics show:
Now, set up the readability statistics in Word. Then try them out on your own writing.
Would you change anything?
Then, see what StyleWriter 4 has to say.Home: Are You Writing CLEARLY? › Readability Statistics