Readability

To help read­ers eas­i­ly con­sume your con­tent and save time, it’s best to write at a read­ing lev­el of sev­enth grade or below. (That means that a per­son with a sev­enth-grade edu­ca­tion would be able to read and under­stand your writ­ing.) There are a num­ber of great tools out there that can eas­i­ly assess the read­ing lev­el of your con­tent — we use hem​ing​wayapp​.com.

A low read­ing lev­el improves the expe­ri­ence for every­one, espe­cial­ly ben­e­fit­ing peo­ple with cog­ni­tive impair­ments, peo­ple who don’t speak English as a first lan­guage, and peo­ple who may be dis­tract­ed while reading.

To keep the read­ing lev­el of your con­tent accessible:

  • Break your con­tent into well-orga­nized sec­tions and headings.
  • Omit any unnec­es­sary words.
  • Write sim­ple sen­tences in active voice.
  • Avoid slang, jar­gon and idioms.
  • Use com­mon words and contractions.
  • Limit your­self to one top­ic per para­graph and one thought per sentence.
  • Check your con­tent on hem​ing​wayapp​.com.
Last Updated: 27 May 2020 at 9:58am CDT