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Reading and Lexile Scores: Introduction

This guide will give a brief overview on the basic concepts and uses of the Lexile Framework for reading. Please note Lexile scores in Ebscohost databases.are mostly only available in school or public libraries. For NSU, see below Databases that Support

What is a Lexile Score?


A Lexile score is a standard score that matches a Grade 1-12 student’s reading ability with the difficulty of the reading material.

When the reader's score and that of the reading material are the same, the student is expected to read with 75% comprehension – difficult enough to be challenging without undue frustration and to encourage reading progress.

Scores range from 200 to 1700.

Lexile measures are a measure of text difficulty. They do not address age-appropriateness, student interest or the quality of the text.

Google does not use Lexile scores, and while in the past Google Advanced Search used to rate websites as beginning, intermediate or advanced reading level - Google no longer offers this feature. However, an alternative way to search and obtain results with reading levels marked is here: Search.

This site will let you enter your lexile level range and find a list of books that not only meet your lexile requirements, but your interests, i.e. social issues or technology, and your age range. However, the age range is limited to 18 years and younger. You can also see if a particular book is listed to learn the lexile level.

Sample Lexile Texts

Examples of Reading Levels

Lexile Grade Level

Student's Guide to Lexiles


This guide gives Grades 1-12 students practical information about Lexiles—what they are, what they mean, and how students can use them to find reading materials that match their reading abilities and interests.

Perhaps you already recognize the term “Lexile” as the reading level number for an article in an EBSCOhost database search. Or maybe you know that a Lexile is a measure of your reading ability based on your score from a reading test. But do you know what the number really means?

How Can Lexiles Help Me Find Reading Materials?
Lexiles can help you find books and articles based on your individual reading ability and interests. For example, if you are a 980L reader, you should be able to read and understand most texts at this level. It is best to find materials within a range of 100L below and 50L above your Lexile measure. Texts below 980L will be easier to read; texts above 980L will be more challenging.

I don’t know my Lexile measure. Can I get a Lexile measure from EBSCOhost, based on the magazines I like to read?
If you or your teachers do not know your actual Lexile measure, you can use a school library or public library EBSCOhost database to estimate your reading ability. Log into EBSCOhost on your library’s computer and choose a database with Lexiles, such as Primary Search, Middle Search Plus or MAS Ultra. On the Basic Search screen, check Full Text, then type in a magazine name in the Publication field. Click Search. EBSCOhost will bring up all of the articles from that magazine. Each article will have a different Lexile measure, which will give you a general idea of the magazine’s reading level.







Lexile Framework for Reading GL Education Group (April 14, 2011)

Examples of Reading Levels (Framework)


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