Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Test


This test rates text on a U.S. school grade level. For example, a score of 8.0 means that an eighth grader can understand the document. For most documents, aim for a score of approximately 7.0 to 8.0.


The formula for the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score is:


(.39 x ASL) + (11.8 x ASW) – 15.59


ASL = average sentence length (the number of words divided by the number of sentences)

ASW = average number of syllables per word (the number of syllables divided by the number of words)


How To Install on Your Computer:


Users can also check the readability level of a passage using the Flesch-Kincaid Reading Level built into the newer versions of Microsoft® Word. In Word XP, to display readability statistics:

On the Tools menu, click Options, and click the Spelling & Grammar tab.

Select the Show readability statistics check box, and then click OK.

On the Tools menu, click Spelling and Grammar.

When Microsoft® Word finishes checking spelling and grammar, it displays information about the reading level of the document.