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Content Readability

No one likes content that is difficult to read and understand. You might think that using lengthy words and complex sentences lets your readers know that you are smart. Instead, overly flowery or complicated content is a sure-fire way to get your online audience to click to another page. People want to read online articles, blogs and website text that is short, punchy and easy to follow.

Evaluating the readability of your own content can be extremely difficult, which is why eVisible has provided you with a new tool to do the work for you. Our Content Readability score provider evaluates your content for factors including the ratio of words to sentences, number of syllables and complex words. We provide you with scores for common text readability tests such as the Flesch Kincaid Reading Ease, Gunning Fog Score and Coleman Liau Index. See if your content is easy to read without being too simplistic with this quick tool.


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What do these results mean?

Flesch Kincaid Reading Ease is Based on a 0-100 scale. A high score means the text is easier to read. Low scores suggest the text is complicated to understand. A value between 60 and 80 should be easy for a 12 to 15 year old to understand.

Flesch Kincaid Reading Ease
206.835 - 1.015 x (words/sentences) - 84.6 x (syllables/words)

Grade Level indicators

These equate the readability of the text to the US schools grade level system. Coleman Liau and ARI rely on counting characters, words and sentence. The other indices consider number of syllables and complex words (polysyllabics - with 3 or more syllables) too. Opinions vary on which type are the most accurate. It is more difficult to automate the counting of syllable as the English language does not comply to strict standards!

Flesch Kincaid Grade Level
0.39 x (words/sentences) + 11.8 x (syllables/words) - 15.59
Gunning Fog Score
0.4 x ( (words/sentences) + 100 x (complexWords/words) )
SMOG Index
1.0430 x sqrt( 30 x complexWords/sentences ) + 3.1291
Coleman Liau Index
5.89 x (characters/words) - 0.3 x (sentences/words) - 15.8
Automated Readability Index (ARI)
4.71 x (characters/words) + 0.5 x (words/sentences) - 21.43