ZURICH, October 30, 2018
ZURICH, October 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
EF's survey of 1.3 million adults highlights global trends in English proficiency
EF Education First released its annual global ranking of English proficiency today, drawing on data from 1.3 million non-native English speakers in 88 countries and regions. For the fourth time in eight years, Sweden tops the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), bumping last year's top-scorer, the Netherlands, to second place.
"Our EF EPI research shows that countries and individuals continue to invest in English education, recognizing the importance of the language as a lever for competitiveness," said Dr. Minh N. Tran, EF's Senior Director of Research. "Since EF started publishing this ranking, it has become the de facto reference point for governments, companies, and educators when they discuss English skills."
Key findings of this year's EF EPI include:
The EF EPI is based on test scores from the EF Standard English Test (EF SET), the world's first free standardized English test. Thousands of schools, companies, and governments worldwide use the EF SET for large-scale testing.
The EF EPI 2018 report and regional fact sheets are available for download at http://www.ef.com/epi. The EF EPI 2018 ranking is below.
About EF Education First
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EF English Proficiency Index 2018 Ranking of Countries and Regions:
EF EPI Proficiency Rank Country or Region Band 1 Sweden Very High 2 Netherlands Very High 3 Singapore Very High 4 Norway Very High 5 Denmark Very High 6 South Africa Very High 7 Luxembourg Very High 8 Finland Very High 9 Slovenia Very High 10 Germany Very High 11 Belgium Very High 12 Austria Very High 13 Poland High 14 Philippines High 15 Switzerland High 16 Romania High 17 Croatia High 18 Serbia High 19 Portugal High 20 Czech Republic High 21 Hungary High 22 Malaysia High 23 Greece High 24 Slovakia High 25 Bulgaria High 26 Lithuania High 27 Argentina High 28 India Moderate 29 Nigeria Moderate 30 Hong Kong SAR Moderate 31 South Korea Moderate 32 Spain Moderate 33 Lebanon Moderate 34 Italy Moderate 35 France Moderate 36 Costa Rica Moderate 37 Dominican Republic Moderate 38 Belarus Moderate 39 Senegal Moderate 40 Uruguay Moderate 41 Vietnam Moderate 42 Russia Moderate 43 Ukraine Moderate 44 Macau SAR Moderate 45 Georgia Low 46 Chile Low 47 China Low 48 Taiwan Low 49 Japan Low 50 Pakistan Low 51 Indonesia Low 52 Albania Low 53 Brazil Low 54 Ethiopia Low 55 Guatemala Low 56 Panama Low 57 Mexico Low 58 Sri Lanka Low 59 Peru Low 60 Colombia Low 61 Bolivia Low 62 Egypt Low 63 Bangladesh Low 64 Thailand Low 65 Ecuador Low 66 Iran Very Low 67 Morocco Very Low 68 Tunisia Very Low 69 Honduras Very Low 70 El Salvador Very Low 71 United Arab Emirates Very Low 72 Nicaragua Very Low 73 Turkey Very Low 74 Jordan Very Low 75 Venezuela Very Low 76 Syria Very Low 77 Azerbaijan Very Low 78 Kuwait Very Low 79 Oman Very Low 80 Kazakhstan Very Low 81 Algeria Very Low 82 Myanmar Very Low 83 Saudi Arabia Very Low 84 Afghanistan Very Low 85 Cambodia Very Low 86 Uzbekistan Very Low 87 Iraq Very Low 88 Libya Very Low