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What is the Flesch Reading Ease?

Flesch Reading Ease, developed by Rudolph Flesch in 1948, is a readability test. The score on the test will tell you roughly what level of education someone will need to be able to read a piece of text easily.

The Flesch Reading Ease formula generates a score usually between 0 and 100 (although it is possible to generate scores below and above this banding). A higher score means text is more readable, and a lower score means the text is less readable. This is opposite to the way most readability algorithms work, where they produce a grade level and a higher score means worse readability.

A Flesch Reading Ease score of 70-80 is equivalent to school grade level 7 and should be fairly easy for the average adult to read.

For more information, please read our blog: The Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level.

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Updated on: 03/05/2020

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