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Curious about how we calculate scores and which algorithm to use for your content?
What's a good readability score?
We always recommend aiming for a Readable grade A. This ensures that your writing will reach the general public. If you're measuring your text with the Flesch Kincaid Grade Level, we recommend aiming for a FK Grade 8. This corresponds to 8th Grade in the USA education system. It is recommended for the general public. It doesn't mean you're writing for an eighth-grader. Certainly, an eighth-grader can understand your content if it's written to that level. But writers and marketers from a wide
What is a readability score?
Readability is a measure of how easy a piece of text is to read. A readability score refers to the familiarity and structure of your text. It can tell you what level of education someone will need to be able to read a piece of text easily. The most common of these scores is the Flesch Kincaid Grade Level. Readable's bespoke A-E rating gives you a holistic view of your readability. It takes several widely-used formulas into account. Giving you goals to work towards and a score that's quick and
Does Readable support non-English languages?
Readable uses several readability scores for our unique A-E grade. This is best used for the English language. For other languages, we include the **Lix and Rix readability formulas **in our offering. This has proven to be useful for non-English languages. You can read more about this in our article on Lix and Rix. This will detail which languages have been validated. Languages which use glyphs or different punctuation rules t
How do I request a new feature?
We are always interested in hearing feedback on how we can improve Readable. If you have an idea you’d like to share, please email us or chat with us. This request will be forwarded to our development team.
What is Readability?
Probably the most common question we get asked is the most obvious one of all - what is readability? For most people, readability isn't something that factors into their work. But when they find out that as little as 80% of the general public read at an eighth grade level, it quickly becomes a significant concern. Fundamentally, that's what readability is - how easy something is to read. Measurements and theories of readability cover a huge set of factors, including (but not limited to): S
What is ReadablePro’s gender score and how is it measured?
Gender analysis identifies whether your text looks like it was written by a man or a woman. ReadablePro uses a sliding scale between 0-100. Lower scores suggest female authorship, higher scores male authorship. It has been brought to our attention that the scale we use could imply a higher (more male) score is in some way better. That's not intentional, and we're looking at better ways to present this information. The difference in the ways each gender writes comes down to the use
How long should my text be for accurate scoring?
As a general rule, any text above 100 words should be long enough for a reliable score. However, the longer your text, the more accurate your score will become as it has more of a sample to work with.
Does ReadablePro check spelling or grammar?
Yes, ReadablePro does check spelling and grammar! Accurate spelling and grammar are an important part of making your content readable. Although, ReadablePro did not support spelling and grammar checks initially, that changed in 2018 when we launched website readability scoring. Now we are scanning and scoring entire websites. So, while we're still huge fans of the likes of Grammarly for in-browser grammar and spelling, we released our own spelling and grammar checker in 2019. Now, whenever you
What is ReadablePro’s tone score and how is it measured?
Tone analysis gives an idea of how formal or how conversational the text looks. Conversational text uses more pronouns and fewer prepositions, among other differences.
How does passive voice detection work?
With ReadablePro's passive voice detection, we've made a difficult choice between speed and 100% accuracy. Detecting passive voice with 100% accuracy is a resource intensive and slow process. Our customers have always valued the speed of our service, and we aim to continue to be as fast as possible. ReadablePro's current passive voice detection algorithm is very quick, but can result in false positives. However, our intention is to highlight potential instances of passive voice. T
What is a "Sentiment Score" and how is it measured?
The sentiment of a piece of text is its positivity or negativity, and sentiment analysis gives an objective idea of whether the text uses mostly positive, negative, or neutral language. In order to calculate the sentiment of a piece of text, we split it into individual words. We have a database of words, each with a "score" to determine how positive or negative it is. The higher the score, the more positive the word (so "woohoo" is very positive and "sunny" is only slightly positi
Why can’t I exclude a certain word from my readability score?
Sometimes it can be difficult to achieve excellent readability if your text requires the use of a long word repeatedly. In readability, any word (including 'readability', ironically) which is over four syllables is considered tricky on the eye. We know your pain. If your brand name is flagging as a spelling / grammar error, you can add it to your custom dictionary so that this doesn't happen again. However, you can't tweak your readability score by excluding the word from readability analysis.