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It is not simple; the sentences are long, averaging some forty words; and its Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score is 12.0, although it is difficult to imagine many high-school seniors who would be patient enough to read it with full comprehension to the end.
Obama's speech came out at the 8.74 Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, with a Flesch Reading Ease Level of 66.88 higher is easier, and 60-69 is considered "Standard".
McCain's speech came out at the 7.02 Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, with a Flesch Reading Ease Level of 70.63 70-79 is
Readability scores: Rewrites must be at written at least 8th grade level or above, based on the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score, must have Flesch Reading Ease of 50 - 70, and 0 to 10% passive sentences.
(concordance), Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, and Flesch Reading Ease scores (these are the same measures used by Microsoft Word).
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, Gunning-Fog Score, Coleman-Liau Index, SMOG Index, Automated Readability Index
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