How is what grade level a book is written at determined?
- L. E. GantLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
The usual way if to apply a "fog" index.....
The most common one is the Flesch- Kincaid readability formula, which uses the number of words, the number of sentences, and the number of syllables to come up with a number that approximates the grade at which the material should be understandable.
There are other "fog indexes" that help editors and writers ensure that their intended audiences can read the material, but the F-K one is about the easiest to use for most people and it does get close to the actual grade.
But it's not necessarily true that someone with a high grade level can read better than someone with a low grade level.....
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- GypsyfishLv 72 months ago
There are formulas that include the length of the words, length of the sentences, number of dependent clauses and other factors that are fairly accurate at determining the reading level of a passage of text. Textbooks at the k-12 level are written at the level readers should have at that point. That doesn't mean that all students in a particular grade will be reading at the same level-some will be reading ahead of that level and some will be behind, and will need some help in comprehending the text. At the college level, no one checks the reading level. Books are written by professors, and students are expected to put in the work to understand the books. I have seen some awful examples of poorly written textbooks- the only thing you can do is complain on the student evaluation.
- LiliLv 72 months ago
There are different scales used to determine this. They consider such things as word counts and the average number of syllables in words, multiplied by pre-determined formulae.
See one common scale below:
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- RichardLv 72 months ago
The author and the book editor decide upon that.