Daily SAT-ACT Reader: Why are the vocab word counts different?

Some of you have noticed that in the Daily SAT-ACT Readers, the number of SAT/ACT vocabulary words reported doesn't always match the number of words shown by the bookmarklet.

So for example, in yesterday's edition, we told you there were 20 SAT/ACT vocabulary words in Wired's tech article: E-Mail Privacy Reform Vote Postponed Until After Elections.

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But if you run the free ProfessorWord bookmarklet on the article, it will tell you that 34 SAT/ACT vocabulary words were found.

Wired: E-Mail Privacy Reform Vote Postponed Until After Elections

So what gives?

Well, the number of SAT/ACT words that we report in the Daily Reader reflects the number of words in the article itself.

When the bookmarklet scans the webpage, it often finds additional SAT/ACT words lurking in the headers, footers, and comments. So in this case, the additional 14 SAT/ACT words were found in the comments sections.

Daily SAT-ACT Reader: Where do the vocab word counts come from?

So that's why the SAT/ACT word count reported in the Daily Reader will rarely match the word count found by the bookmarklet. In most cases, the word count found by the bookmarklet will be higher. In fact, if you go to the Wired article now and run the bookmarklet, the number of SAT/ACT vocabulary words found will probably be even greater than 34 as additional comments have probably been posted.

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