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Grading levels

Pearson English Graded Readers are graded by:

  • Structure (grammar)

  • Number of headwords (a word placed at the beginning of a dictionary entry or a group of words which share the same basic meaning, for example: helps, helping, helpful, helpless)

  • Vocabulary

  • Sentence length

  • Sentence complexity

  • Number of words on a page

  • Number of pages in a book

  • Complexity of activities

  • Number of hours of English completed by the reader


Primary graded level chart


Learn more about the secondary grading levels used in Pearson English Readers and Pearson Active Readers.

Secondary graded level chart