Sweden at Top, Middle East at Bottom of EF's Global Ranking of English Skills

ZURICH, Nov. 3, 2015 /CNW/ - The EF English Proficiency Index 2015 Shows the State of Worldwide English Proficiency

EF Education First released today the 5th annual edition of its EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), the world's largest ranking of countries by English skills. The report identifies global and regional English language learning trends and analyzes the relationship between countries' English proficiency and their economic competitiveness. This year's EF EPI report profiles all 70 ranked countries, using test data from 910,000 adult English language learners.

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"The EF EPI shows the power of big data to inform education policy, investment decisions, and classroom practices," said Minh Tran, EF's Director of Research. "We are thrilled that this year the EF EPI has started incorporating data from the EF Standard English Test (EFSET), which is revolutionizing the testing industry as the world's first free standardized English test."

EF launched the EFSET to offer the world's two billion English learners a high-quality standardized English test that is convenient and accessible. Offered for free online at http://www.efset.org, the EFSET is a valuable tool for individuals, governments, universities, and companies.

Two recent correlation studies revealed that the EFSET is as reliable as the TOEFL and the IELTS at measuring test takers' English skills. Researchers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education have used the EFSET for language research, and LinkedIn now prompts its members to certify their English with the EFSET. EFSET data will improve the EF EPI as an international benchmark of adult English proficiency.

Key findings of this year's EF EPI include:


  • The report reveals for the first time the connection between countries' English levels and their innovation metrics such as countries' high-technology exports and expenditures on R&D.
  • Although the rankings shift every year, the correlations between countries' English ability and Gross National Income per capita, quality of life, Internet connectivity, and a range of other indicators remain strong and stable.
  • Women speak English better than men in almost every country surveyed, but this gender gap is absent in the very high proficiency countries in Northern Europe.
  • European countries, particularly the Nordic nations, continue to outperform other regions, claiming the top ten slots in the ranking.
  • The Middle East and North Africa is the only region to experience declining English proficiency.

The full EF EPI 2015 ranking is below. The EF EPI report and additional analysis are available at http://www.ef.com/epi/.

EF Education First is an international education company that focuses on language, academics, and cultural experience. Founded in 1965, EF's mission is "opening the world through education." With more than 500 schools and offices in 53 countries, EF is the Official Language Training Supplier of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

EF English Proficiency Index 2015  

Rank 

Country

EF EPI Score

1

Sweden

70.94

2

Netherlands

70.58

3

Denmark

70.05

4

Norway

67.83

5

Finland

65.32

6

Slovenia

64.97

7

Estonia

63.73

8

Luxembourg 

63.45

9

Poland

62.95

10

Austria

61.97

11

Germany

61.83

12

Singapore

61.08

13

Portugal

60.61

14

Malaysia

60.30

15

Argentina

60.26

16

Romania

59.69

17

Belgium

59.13

18

Czech Republic

59.01

19

Switzerland

58.43

20

India

58.21

21

Hungary

57.90

22

Latvia

57.16

23

Spain

56.80

24

Dominican Republic

56.71

25

Slovakia

56.34

26

Lithuania

55.08

27

South Korea

54.52

28

Italy

54.02

29

Vietnam

53.81

30

Japan

53.57

31

Taiwan

53.18

32

Indonesia

52.91

33

Hong Kong

52.70

34

Ukraine

52.61

35

Peru

52.46

36

Chile

51.88

37

France

51.84

38

Ecuador

51.67

39

Russia

51.59

40

Mexico

51.34

41

Brazil

51.05

42

United Arab Emirates

50.87

43

Costa Rica

50.53

44

Uruguay

50.25

45

Pakistan

49.96

46

Guatemala

49.67

47

China

49.41

48

Panama

48.77

49

Sri Lanka

47.89

50

Turkey

47.62

51

Yemen

47.60

52

Morocco

47.40

53

Jordan

47.33

54

Kazakhstan

47.04

55

Egypt

46.73

56

Iran

46.59

57

Colombia

46.54

58

Oman

46.34

59

Venezuela

46.14

60

Azerbaijan

46.12

61

El Salvador

45.52

62

Thailand

45.35

63

Qatar

43.72

64

Mongolia

43.64

65

Kuwait

42.65

66

Iraq

40.69

67

Algeria

40.34

68

Saudi Arabia

39.93

69

Cambodia

39.15

70

Libya

37.86




 

SOURCE EF Education First


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