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Calculating Readability

How to determine the readability of a book or passage. This helps you choose material that is at the appropriate level for the intended reader.

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Calculating Readability

  1. 1. Using Fry’s Readability <br />Calculating Readability<br />Presented by: Stephanie Barry, M.S., CCC-SLP<br />Independent Speech<br />www.independentspeech.com<br />
  2. 2. Why calculate Readability<br />A person would calculate readability if they are interested in knowing the reading level of a particular book or reading selection. <br />Determining Readability using Fry’s Readability will provide you with the grade level or age level of the selected material.<br />This can help you decide if a book is too easy or too hard for the intended reader.<br />
  3. 3. How to Calculate Readability<br />Select three 100 word sections from the reading selection. Try to select one from the beginning, one from the middle and one from the end. This helps get a better sampling of the book as a whole.<br />Count the number of syllables in the section. <br />Count the number of sentences in the section.<br />Plot the points on either the age level graph or the grade level graph. <br />
  4. 4. Special Considerations<br />You do count proper nouns<br />You do not count numbers<br />Words with a hyphen are counted as one word<br />Count abbreviations as the whole word<br />Count lists as one sentence if the items are separated by a comma or semicolon. For example, “I went to the store and bought eggs, milk, butter and bread.” is one sentence.<br />Lists like this page would contain 6 sentences.<br />
  5. 5. An Example<br />I choose one section of text that had 10o words. This section contained 115 syllables and 4 sentences. If I plot this on the graph it would look like this:<br />You can see my selection is at the 7th grade level though not too far above the 6th grade.<br />
  6. 6. Here is the Fry’s Readability Chart to Determine Grade Level<br />
  7. 7. Here is the Fry’s Readability Chart to Determine Age Level<br />
  8. 8. Other Methods<br />There are many other methods out there to calculate readability. Some are do it yourself like this one and some are computer based programs. <br />I like this one because it is fairly easy and gives me accurate results. <br />Try it out and if it is not fit your needs there are many others to choose from!<br />
  9. 9. Notes<br />The charts were taken from:<br />http://www.idph.state.ia.us/health_literacy/common/pdf/tools/fry.pdf<br />