Readability is the measure of how easy or difficult it is to understand a piece of text. Different elements of writing can contribute to readability. These include things like word choice, sentence length, and the average number of syllables per word.
GovHub readability is calculated by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level test. This test uses the length of sentences and words to determine the grade level associated with the readability of a page. You should aim for a middle school (6-8 grade) readability level for your content.
US Grade Level
Below 1st Grade
High School Freshman
High School Sophomore
High School Junior
High School Senior
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level readability scorecard
To help increase your website’s readability, keep the following in mind when writing content:
Use bulleted lists and number lists for easier scanning
Use highlighted keywords, like hyperlinks
Use meaningful subheadings
Use the inverted pyramid style
In some cases, the length of text on a page and the use of elements like lists and tables make it hard for the test to identify content on a page. When this happens, the test will generate a result of “no readability score.”