How do I search in Google using the reading level filter?

The Reading Level feature in Google is a great tool to filter results based on three broad reading level categories: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.

To access and use the Reading Level filter follow these steps.

First, in Google find the settings icon. This can be in different locations on your screen depending on the device you are using. The image below shows a PC, with the link to the settings at the bottom right of the opening page.

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Select Settings and chose the Advanced Search.

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Choose the desired reading level and select Advanced Search.

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Five options are available: no reading level displayed, annotate results with reading levels, show only

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Your search will now reflect your Reading Level filter, and you are good to go!


[vimeo id=”111737285″ subscription=”true” login_description=”Want to learn more? A video in the Google Tools for Learning series demonstrating this feature is available through a ‘Spectronics Online’ subscription below.”]


Video references:

Dan Pyne reports that over 80% of university students said they begin research projects by using an internet-based search engine, while less than 1% start by consulting their library’s website.

The Library of the Future by Dan Pyne, posted August 22, 2014.

Comprehension is enhanced when images are linked with text.

Hibbing, A. N., & Rankin-Erickson, J. L. (2003). A picture is worth a thousand words: Using visual images to improve comprehension for middle school struggling readers. Reading Teacher, 758-770.

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Greg O'Connor

"I firmly believe that saying "we've always done it this way around here" is dangerous! I enjoy disrupting that way of thinking and watching the excitement of teachers being re-motivated. Adding new technologies into the mix is powerful in driving that positive change. Driving that positive disruption" Greg has been actively involved in supporting the learning of students with diverse learning needs for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, district consultant, regional manager with the New South Wales Department of Education and Training, and Professional and Consultancy Manager at Spectronics. Greg is committed to exploring the possibilities that exist for ALL students through the use of technology, wherever and however teaching and learning takes place. Greg presents at national and international conferences, and provides training and consultancy across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. He is a Google Certified Educator, Certified Apple Trainer, and a Certified Texthelp Trainer. Greg is a committee member of the NSW Australian Association of Special Education, and is a member of the editorial committee for the AASE Journal, Special Education Perspectives. He recently became a member of the International Committee of the Inclusive Learning Network of ISTE.

2 thoughts on “How do I search in Google using the reading level filter?

  • March 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Hi Greg

    I am a high school teacher. I have recently’discovered’ that Google had a search option for documents based upon reading levels. In the same breath, it was also noted that it has been removed.

    With the ongoing demand for differentiation in a mixed ability setting, I thought such an option as golden.

    Since the google search option is no longer available I was wondering if you knew of something similar.



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