Weekly Writing #2 – Flesch-Kincaid

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The Flesch-Kincaid tool is everywhere these days. You can load up Microsoft Word and it’ll be there. A quick Google search will reveal multiple websites, all of whom offer you a Flesch-Kincaid test. If you’ve never heard these words and you’re a writer, you may want to check this out. Today’s Weekly Writing is a quick and easy tip regarding the useful tool.

Flesch-Kincaid

A tool designed to determine how easily readable your writing is. That’s arguably the easiest way to describe it. The tool only works in English as far as I know, but it will make you think twice about your writing. If you want to reach a wider audience, then utilising the tool may be useful. You may think your writing is already easy to understand, but the tool can point out areas to improve.

The Flesch-Kincaid tool actually comprises of two tests:

  1. the Flesch Reading-Ease,
  2. the Flesch–Kincaid Grade Level

They basically do the same thing overall, but they use different weightings to get the score. Taken from Wikipedia, the Flesch Reading-Ease is scored like this:

Flesch-Kincaid
Source: Wikipedia

The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level is used more frequently in academic fields. However, some parts of America go so far as to make industries adhere to these tests. The Flesch-Kincaid test can also be taken to your online articles, as well as book and more. If you do any form of writing, take note.

Just for added clarity, I try to adhere to the Flesch-Kincaid readability test. This articles text scores 73.6, so I think I’m doing pretty well. If you’d like to use a Flesch-Kincaid readability test yourself, here’s a website I recommend.

Now it’s over to you to tell me, do you use this at all? Have you ever heard of the Flesch-Kincaid score? As ever, share your thoughts with me in the comments below. Alternatively, get in touch with me on Twitter.