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Results of the Flesch Reading Ease Readability Formula




The Flesch Reading Ease readability formula is used in business, industry and government as well as education, to score materials from the upper elementary level on through college levels.

The formula takes into consideration (1) the total number of words, (2) the number syllables, and (3) the total number of sentences.

Unlike most formulas which report their results as grade-level scores, the Flesch Reading Ease formula reports its results on a difficulty scale ranging from 0 to 100.

The higher the number readability scale score, the easier the material. For example, a readability scale score between 90 and 100 indicates the material is appropriate at the 5th grade level, whereas a score between 0 and 30 indicates material requiring the reader be a college graduate.



Sample 1:
Type: News article
Source: Reuters
Title of article: Nestle is thinking about selling its US candy business...
Total # of words: 507
Total syllables in text: 827
Total # of sentences: 33

Flesch Reading Ease Score: 55.9
Reading level: fairly difficult to read
Age of Reader: 14-15 year olds

Sample 2:
Type: Employee Handbook
Source: HR360.com
Title of manual: Employee Handbook: A Guide for Our Employees
Sample # of words: 3,200
Total syllables in text: 5384
Total # of sentences: 175

Flesch Reading Ease Score: 47
Reading level: difficult to read
Age of Reader: 17-18 year olds

Sample 3:
Type: Movie Review
Source: rollingstone.com
Title of article: 'Cars 3' Review: Series Finally Delivers a Movie Deserving of Pixar Name
Sample # of words: 847
Total syllables in text: 1332
Total # of sentences: 37

Flesch Reading Ease Score: 52
Reading level: fairly difficult to read
Age of Reader: 17-18 year olds

Sample 4:
Type: Fiction Novel
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Title of article: Excerpt from Stephen King’s new book 'Finders Keepers'
Total # of words: 3,525
Total syllables in text: 4,785
Total # of sentences: 368

Flesch Reading Ease Score: 83.5
Reading level: easy to read
Age of Reader: 8-9 year olds

Sample 5:
Type: Young Adult Novel
Source: BookBrowse.com
Title of article: Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (Book Excerpt)
Total # of words: 1,996
Total syllables in text: 2,834
Total # of sentences: 148

Flesch Reading Ease Score: 75
Reading level: fairly easy to read
Age of Reader: 11-13 year olds

Sample 6:
Type: Article
Source: Popular Science
Title of article: Gray seals are making a huge comeback
Total # of words: 569
Total syllables in text: 906
Total # of sentences: 36

Flesch Reading Ease Score: 55
Reading level: fairly difficult to read
Age of Reader: 15-17 year olds

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