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Text Complexity Measures

Every time you rewordify a block of text, you get a complete analysis of the text. Here's a partial screenshot:

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How to get text statistics

  1. Rewordify any block of text.
  2. Click the "Stats" button:

    statistics tab

All statistics are for the original block of text, not the rewordified version. (Existing users: see below.)

Statistics description

For the first three statistics, all of which are text difficulty measures, there's a color graph along with each number, to help you see the difficulty level of the text block at a glance.

The graphs all go from easiest (to the left) to hardest (to the right).

READ Score. You can rely on our READ score—the Rewordify.com Estimated Average Difficulty score—to determine real-world text difficulty at a glance. It ranges from 100 (easiest) to 2000 (hardest). Read more about our READ score.

Flesch Reading Ease. The numbers go in reverse order for this score: from 100 (easiest) to 0 (hardest).

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level. The score ranges from 0 (easiest) to 18 (hardest).

Lexical Density. This is the number of unique words divided by the number of total words, times 100. A passage where no word is repeated scores 100%. A passage where each word is used exactly twice scores 50%, etc.

(Self-explanatory statistics are not listed here.)

Rewordified words and phrases. This gives a total count of all of the words and phrases that were rewordified. If you have a Rewordifying Level set to Level 2 or above, some of these words and phrases will not rewordify. Change the Rewordifying Level (and view how many words will reword on each level) by clicking the "Settings" link at the top of the page.

Word Length / Count / Frequency table. This table tells you the total count of each word by length, and the percentage that length word makes up of the total words.

Important notes

  • Text difficulty measures are not sacred numbers. They are scored by computers that cannot read or think. Your wisdom and experience are more important than computer-generated numbers when making decisions about matching readers with texts. Is it too easy, but he wants to enjoy reading it? Let him. Is it too hard, but she wants to take a shot at reading it? Let her.
  • There is no such thing as a perfectly accurate difficulty score. For example, the Flesch and Flesch-Kincaid scores include a syllable count and a word count as part of their calculations. Take the word interesting. Do you pronounce it IN-tri-sting (3 syllables), or IN-ter-est-ing (4 syllables)? Plus, do you count numbers? How many syllables does the number 1102 have? Ee-lev-en-oh-two (5 syllables) or One-thou-sand-one-hun-dred-two (7 syllables)? What about an abbreviation like U.S.A.? Should it count as one word, or three?

    We've worked very hard to ensure that our scores are as accurate as possible, but you should expect that different web sites and computer programs will give you slightly different scores—all the more reason to only use them as a general guide.
  • For existing users. We removed some information from the old Stats tab. In particular, we removed the chart that showed the READ score and number of "hard" words of each rewordifying level. To see the number of "hard" words on each level, just click the Settings link and look at the Rewordifying Level row:

    word levels

    We removed the READ level display for the different rewordifying levels for this reason: The computer-generated complexity levels didn't change much, even for the rewordified text, because the rewordified text had longer sentences than the original. Text complexity measures, including the Lexile measure, our READ score, the Flesch, etc., sometimes think that "rewordified" text is more difficult because the sentences are longer, even though almost all of the difficult words have been simplified. This is another illustration of why computerized text complexity measures should only be a general guide.

As always, please contact us with any questions, and we'll help you, fast. Suggestions and opinions are always welcome, too!

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