How Good is Your Writing?

As the world waits with bated breath for the launch of the iPhone 6 and possibly an iwatch on September 9 tech news has slowed to a crawl for the most part. With this in mind lets take the time for a quick tip.

Did you know that Microsoft Word can grade your wiring ability?

Word has the power to not only judge your grammar and spelling, but also your writing’s complexity. For example, does your writing meet the comprehension level of someone pursuing a post-grad degree, or someone still learning their shapes and colors?

Word has the baked-in ability to quantify a particular text’s complexity using lingual tests such as the Flesch Reading Ease test, which utilizes word, sentence, and syllable counts to calculate a score on a 100-point scale. In this case, the higher a number, the easier it is to understand. According to Office’s documentation, “For most standard files, you want the score to be between 60 and 70.” Additionally, Word will run a similar lingual test, the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level test, which will tell you what U.S. grade level a text is written for (Microsoft says you should most docs should aim for between 7.0 and 8.0).proofingproofing

You can enact these tests by navigating to Options > Proofing. Make sure “Check Grammar with Spelling” and “Show Readability Statistics” boxes are checked (On a Mac, Word > Preferences > Spelling and Grammar).

Now, whenever you check spelling on a particular highlighted text, a pop-up box will show how you scored.

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