If you need to check online or digital sources for reading level, you can use Microsoftâ€™s Readability Scale for a rough estimate of the grade level equivalency. I say, â€œrough,â€ because while it is not precisely accurate, it can give you a ballpark idea. The tool uses the Flesch-Kincaid grade level equivalency. To read more about the Flesch-Kincaid and other reading scales, see "BizCom Tools Readability Indexes". To check for reading level:
- Copy text from a website.
- In Mac OS X, go to the Word drop down menu. In Mac OS 9 or a PC, go to the Tools drop down menu.
- On a Mac select Preferences. On a PC, select Options.
- Select Spelling and Grammar.
- Check Show readability statistics and click OK.
- Now when you use the spell check tool, it will automatically tell you the Flesch-Kincaid grade level equivalency.
Submitted by:Adrienne DeWolf