Plain language checklist

Last changed: 23 February 2023

Use the checklist below to put your text to the test.

The checklist can be used on most text types.

  1. I know who my intended reader is and what the purpose of the text is.
  2. I include only the information the reader needs.
  3. I start with the most important information at all levels - document, paragraph and sentence level.
  4. The heading summarises the content and attracts interest.
  5. I use plenty of informative subheadings.
  6. The paragraphs are not too long.
  7. I vary the sentence length.
  8. I avoid unnecessary nouns ('evaluate' is better than 'conduct an evaluation').
  9. I explain any acronyms and abbreviations that are used.
  10. I explain specialist terminology that may not be clear to all users.
  11. I have proofread the text.
  12. A colleague or other reviser has checked the text.