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Powerful Readability Software

Over 25 years of publishing and refining readability programs enables Micro Power & Light Co. to offer the finest readability calculations software in existence today.

We offer two time-tested readability software products:

Readability CalculationsThe first readability software is Readability Calculations, supporting the readability scoring of written materials according to nine of the most popular readability formulas - Flesch Grade Level (Flesch-Kincaid), Flesch Reading Ease, FOG, SMOG, Powers-Sumner-Kearl, FORCAST, Spache, Dale-Chall and Fry Graph formula.

Readability PLUSThe second readability software is Readability PLUS, which includes the Readability Calculations software plus Vocabulary Assessor software. Whereas Readability Calculations produces reading level scores, Readability Plus can identify and display specific words that readers find most difficult.

Both Readability Calculations and Readability PLUS automate the process of determining the reading level of your materials, saving you time, money and plenty of headaches.

Scoring material involves three steps:

 1.  First you select the formula(s) you wish applied to your material. Comprehensive user documentation accompanying the software may help you select the best formula for your use.

 2.  Then you enter the material - by keying, pasting or reading a file’s data into the program. To ensure reliable scoring the program prescribes precise pre-editing guidelines.

 3.  Finally the program analyzes the material entered and displays the readability score(s) for the formulas selected. In addition, you may save readability scores to files on your computer’s hard drive, for review and printout at a later time.

Readability Calculations and Readability PLUS can give you reading levels on all of your materials; this includes technical manuals, reports, brochures, press releases, text books, articles, business publications, and so forth. Now you can feel confident that your readers will be able to understand your material and that you have not wasted your time and energy in writing your material for the wrong audience.

Readability Calculations and Readability PLUS contain the following nine formulas:

Formula # 1: New Dale-Chall
The “new” (1995) version of the Dale-Chall formula. A vocabulary-based formula normally used to assess upper elementary through secondary materials.

Formula # 2: Flesch Reading Ease (a.k.a. Flesch Reading Ease Formula)
Most reliable when used with upper elementary and secondary materials.

Formula # 3: Flesch Grade Level (a.k.a. Flesch-Kincaid Formula)
Most reliable when used with upper elementary and secondary materials.

Formula # 4: Fry Graph (a.k.a. Fry Index and Fry Readability Formula)
Used over a wide grade range of materials, from elementary through college and beyond.

Formula # 5: Gunning FOG (a.k.a. Gunning FOG and FOG Readability Formula)
Widely used in the health care and general insurance industries for general business publications.

Formula # 6: Powers-Sumner- Kearl
Used in assessing primary through early elementary level materials.

Formula # 7: SMOG (a.k.a. SMOG Readability Formula)
Unlike any of the other formulas, SMOG predicts the grade level required for 100% comprehension.

Formula # 8: FORCAST (a.k.a. FORCAST Readability Formula)
Focuses on functional literacy. Used to assess non- running narrative, e.g. questionnaires, forms, tests ...

Formula # 9: Spache
Both 1966 and 1974 versions of the Spache formula. A vocabulary-based formula widely used in assessing primary through fourth grade materials.

Use these readability formulas to assess the reading level of written materials - primary through college level.


Let's look at some screen shots from both Readability Calculations and Readability PLUS ...


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