Archive | October, 2010

Does your copy pass the ‘Readability Test’?

12 Oct

Subject your writing to a readability analysis to discover the audience-friendliness of your piece. Tests Document Readability is a free online software tool which calculates readability.

In general, these tests penalize writers for polysyllabic words and long, complex sentences. Your writing will score better when you: use simpler diction, write short sentences.

It also displays complicated sentences (with many words and syllables) with suggestions for what you might do to improve its readability.

Basic text statistics are also displayed, including number of characters, words, sentences, and average number of characters per word, syllables per word, and words per sentence.