How did Lensear Write help communicators cut out gobbledygook?

In the 1960s, a style manual was published which helped inspire the plain language movement and created the Lensear Write readability formula. But, what was Lensear Write and how can it help your content be more impactful?

3 May 2019 by Laura Kelly

How can Lix and Rix help score readability for non-English content?

In the late 1960s, an obscure readability formula was developed which has since proven useful for several languages. Where did it come from, and how can you use it?

14 April 2019 by Laura Kelly

How did the Fry readability formula transform editing for writers?

From the 1960s onward, linguists were making readability formulas easier and quicker to calculate. How can the graph-based Fry formula help you improve your readability?

8 April 2019 by Laura Kelly

Why is an IELTS score an essential guide to writing for a global audience?

It’s important to reach an international audience with your content. But, what is IELTS and why consider it for your content's readability?

1 April 2019 by Laura Kelly

How did the Powers Sumner Kearl readability formula ensure accurate grading of children’s books?

A group of readability experts thought readability formulas needed a shake-up. How did they do it, and how can Powers Sumner Kearl best be used?

27 March 2019 by Laura Kelly

How did the Raygor readability graph create a cutting-edge solution for educators?

The Raygor readability graph promised a quick and easy readability grade. But, where does it come from, and how can it best be used?

25 March 2019 by Laura Kelly

How did the FORCAST readability formula help create readable material for adults?

Other readability formulas work great when you’re writing a narrative. What about when you’re not, and how can the FORCAST formula help you analyze incomplete sentences?

14 March 2019 by Laura Kelly

Creating readability formulas for non-English languages: the problem of the syllable

A readability score is a computer-calculated index which can tell you roughly what level of education someone will need to be able to read a piece of text easily.

20 December 2017 by Ruth Colmer

Readability and the Coleman-Liau Index

The Coleman-Liau Index is one of the most commonly used readability formulas today. But where did it come from? How does the test work? And where is it most useful?

22 May 2017 by Ruth Colmer

How to choose the right readability formula

When it comes to measuring readability, there are a whole variety of readability tests. You could go for the long established Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease or the later Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level. But what about the Gunning-Fog and the New Dale-Chall?

4 April 2017 by Ruth Colmer

Readability and the Gunning Fog Index

The Gunning Fog index, created in 1944, is a commonly cited readability scoring formula. But, what do the scores mean? How did the formula come about? And when is the test most useful?

27 March 2017 by Ruth Colmer

Spache readability formula word list

The Spache readability formula, much like the New Dale-Chall Readability Formula, uses a set of words which are familiar to students to calculate the readability of text.

24 March 2017 by Dave Child