It advised him they’re writing over there at the College Undergraduate level.
I ran the thing myself on BitsBlog, and came up a bit lower:
Well, as you can imagine, I was feeling a little bit put off by this. Something certainly didn’t add up. That is, until such time as I noticed that James Joyner over an Outside The Beltway came up with exactly the same level: High school. Said he:
Cnsidering that all the site authors have graduate degrees, that was a bit disconcerting. Out of curiosity, though, I decided to run our celebrity gossip site, Gone Hollywood , through the tester:
Without intending any insult the James, (who, it must be said, can’t figure that one out, either)… I must say I’m baffled by their judgment on the matter. If I were Bruce, I think I might be insulted. In any event, I now take the “high school” business about as seriously as I take Democrat presidential candidates, and for the same reason.
Addendum: (David L)
High school is good. I believe that newspapers aim for the eight grade. The Air Force I believe was tenth grade. The aim of communication to be understood. To that end, simplier is better.
As I understand that algorhythm for computing reading level relies a lot on sentence length. I like short sentences. Short sentences are used to make points. Long sentences are used to obfucate. Leave the long sentences to Mrs. Clinton. That is all.