# Law School Discussion

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#### Ginatio

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##### Readability Statistics
« on: July 23, 2004, 09:05:32 PM »
RockyMtnHighMama recently pointed out that MS Word had a "Readability Analysis" option that would post statistics on any word document.

I thought it might be useful to post what the readability stats were for the personal statements of those of us that have already been admitted.

Here's mine:

Words: 914
Paragraphs: 11
Sentences: 35

Passive Sentences: 28%
Flesch Reading Ease: 26.0
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Level: 12.0

#### casino

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##### Re: Readability Statistics
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2004, 09:16:59 PM »

Flesch Reading Ease: 26.0
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Level: 12.0

huh, that's interesting, but, wtf do the above stats mean?

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#### casino

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##### Re: Readability Statistics
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2004, 09:18:34 PM »
never mind, after you get past the flesch part it makes more senese.

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#### Ginatio

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##### Re: Readability Statistics
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2004, 09:37:02 PM »
Flesch reading Ease

The output of the Flesch Reading Ease formula is a number from 0 to 100, with a higher score indicating easier reading. The average document has a Flesch Reading Ease score between 6-70. The formula reads as follows:

206.835 – (1.015 x ASL) – (84.6 x ASW)

where:
ASL = average sentence length (the number of words divided by the number of sentences)
ASW = average number of syllables per word (the number of syllables divided by the number of words)

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level

The more common Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level formula converts the Reading Ease Score to a U.S. grade-school level.

(.39 x ASL) + (11.8 x ASW) – 15.59

where:
ASL = average sentence length (the number of words divided by the number of sentences)
ASW = average number of syllables per word (the number of syllables divided by the number of words

#### swifty

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##### Re: Readability Statistics
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2004, 09:57:51 PM »
So the reading level really doesn't tell you much.  You could actually be writing
at a 12th grade level, or it may be interpreted that your paper was targeted to
a 12th grade level???
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#### NeverForever

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##### Re: Readability Statistics
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2004, 10:49:46 PM »
I'm not admitted and my PS isn't even close to good enough yet... but this is what I have.

words: 911
paragraphs: 5
sentences: 41

passive sentences: 26%
reading ease: 51.3%
reading level: 11.6

Is the point to decrease passive sentences while increasing reading ease and level? I'm unsure...

#### dta

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##### Re: Readability Statistics
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2004, 11:24:16 PM »
The only thing i really find useful in this MS-Word analysis is the percent of passive sentences. 26% is a LOT of passivity. Personally, I think it should definitely be kept to a minimum - below 10% say.

#### MaroonOut2005

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##### Re: Readability Statistics
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2004, 11:57:45 AM »
Words:  1020
Paragraphs:  4
Sentences:  61

Passive Sentences:  9%
Reading Ease:  62.5
Grade Level: 8.6

I'm not sure what this means... why is my reading ease so high and my grade level so low if I only have 9% passive sentences?

Thanks and Gig 'Em,
Jason

#### dta

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##### Re: Readability Statistics
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2004, 02:10:01 PM »
Read Ginatio's breakdown of the calculations - they're all pretty meaningless. Just because they stick a "grade level" label on their calculation, look at the calculation and decide for yourself if its meaningful.

#### Rowgirl

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##### Re: Readability Statistics
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2004, 05:06:24 PM »
Finally done my PS!  Here are my stats:

Words: 903
Paragraphs: 9
Sentances: 55

Passive Sentences: 5%
Flesch Reading Ease: 67.7
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Level: 7.8
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