It’s pretty simple, actually – so simple, in fact, that you can perform the test manually if you prefer to go low-tech. Just gather together five colored highlighters (preferably orange, blue, green, yellow, and pink) and use the scoring charts at the back of the book to calculate your scores.
In a nutshell, the online test identifies words in each of five grammatical categories: nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives/adverbs, and a grab-bag category unscientifically dubbed “waste words” (it, this, that, there). The higher the percentage of highlighted words in each category, the “flabbier” your diagnosis. (more…)