Topic 10: Making Your Writing Easy to Read

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Comparison of Readability Statistics


Rewriting the excerpt in the active voice with simpler and fewer words dramatically improved the excerpt’s readability.

  • The percentage of passive sentences dropped from 25% to 0%.
  • The Flesh Reading Ease score—where higher is better—increased from 6.0 to 30.3.
  • The Flesh-Kincaid Grade Level assessment—where lower is better—decreased from 21.4 grades (university level plus 5 years) to 14.1 (high school plus 2 years).