I used this online test to see how I could make my prose sound more educated. Here is a record of my progress:
5th grade: "Readability tests? Use big words to get high scores."
7th grade: "If you want to get a high readability test score, you should use big words."
14th grade: "If your purpose is the attainment of a high readability score, a strategy of using big words is highly recommended."
Post-doctoral: "To facilitate the appearance of impenetrable readability, utilization of polysyllabic utterance is a manifestly successful strategy."
For reading scores with strength,
And to lose the common herd,
Always go for length -
Long sentences, long words!
Only those with college -
In the humanities -
Will have sufficient knowledge
To detect your inanities.