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Reading level meme

May 8th, 2008 (01:00 am)
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As seen in lil_shepherd land:

blog readability test

Movie Reviews

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Posted by: Susan (lil_shepherd)
Posted at: May 8th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)

Ahah! Confirmation that it works mainly on paragraph length.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 8th, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)
arthurelaineletr

It has to be paragraph length, really - a totally flocked journal which it can't read is assessed as 'genius' level!

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Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: May 8th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)

And mine comes out as elementary school.

Posted by: Delia (chainmailmaiden)
Posted at: May 8th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
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Mine too :-)

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: May 8th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)

If it's based on paragraph length, ours will both be heading towards kindergarten!

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: May 8th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Duncan Edwards

There are standard methods for calculating reading ease - I remember the old word processor package Wordstar used to include one or two in the tools menu. They usually go on sentence length, paragraph length and the average number of syllables per word. The shorter the sentence, the shorter the paragraph and the fewer syllables per word, the better. I couldn't get it to work on my blog, but I suspect my score wouldn't be too good. I have a tendency to run-on sentences, which is a very bad habit (and I do this sort of thing - in brackets - way too much). Still, well done to wellinghall and chainmailmaiden for obviously having well-written blogs. Parrot Knight - must try harder!

Some give a 'reading age' score, so I suppose the American school system is a broad approximation of this.

Posted by: viala_qilarre (viala_qilarre)
Posted at: May 8th, 2008 08:35 am (UTC)

Mine comes out as junior high school. Most upsetting. I would have thought my vocabulary and phrasing was more sophisticated than that.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 8th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)

I can't think that it's taking vocabulary very much into account, nor sentence structure...

Posted by: Polly (jane_somebody)
Posted at: May 8th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
hands

I got the same as you, and am certainly guilty of long sentences and paragraphs (and indeed was guilty of it when writing thesis also, so fair enough!)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 8th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)

My thesis-writing was similarly afflicted, as is my article-writing for TGW; another blight is the unfinished sentence, where I've been working on two parts of an article at once...