In preparing a text for Lexile measurement, your two basic objectives are to:
- keep all complete sentences
- remove all non-prose content (see table below)
The Lexile Analyzer needs to recognize sentence endings, so sentences must be conventionally punctuated and complete. Likewise, the Analyzer needs to recognize correctly spelled, well-formed words. Otherwise you won't get a useful measure.
Here are some general guidelines for removing non-prose from your text:
|You should measure:||You should not measure:|
Historical notes, introductions, "About the author" pieces, and previews of the next book in a series should typically be removed. Such text is often written separately from the main text. However, some frontmatter and backmatter may be a legitimate part of the larger text and should be included. As a general guideline, if text appears to be written by the same author for the same audience, then it should be included for Lexile analysis.
You can either delete sections of text that should not be analyzed, or you can enclose them in double brackets ('[[' and ']]') to prevent them from being analyzed. Be careful in using double brackets, as improper use can prevent the analyzer from returning a Lexile measure.
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