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