Many readability tests were originally created as a method to measure the
readability of enlistment applications and technical manuals for the
U.S. military. Keeping with this tradition, Readability Studio offers
many of these tests, as well as other extensive tools to assist with
understanding their results and how to improve them. Just some of the tests provided in Readability Studio include:
- Automated Readability Index (ARI)—originally created for U.S. Army materials and is designed for technical documents and manuals.
- Simplified Automated Readability Index—a
modified version of ARI created for U.S. Navy materials and is designed for technical documents and manuals.
- Flesch Reading Ease—meant for school text
and is a standard used by many U.S. government agencies, including the U.S.
Department of Defense.
- New Fog Count—a modified version of the Gunning Fog Index created for the U.S. Navy and is designed for technical documents and manuals. This test, along with Simplified ARI and Flesch-Kincaid,
is part of the Navy Readability Indices collection of tests.
- FORCAST—devised for assessing U.S. army technical manuals and forms. It is the only test not designed for running narrative, so
it is mostly appropriate for multiple-choice quizzes, applications,
entrance forms, etc.
for technical documents and is mostly applicable to manuals and forms, rather than schoolbook text or literary works. This test, along with Simplified ARI and New Fog Count, is part of the Navy Readability Indices collection of tests.