Shanghai Municipal Government

11/09/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/08/2018 20:35

Shanghai's English proficiency index leads the country for the fifth consecutive year

Shanghai's English proficiency index leads the country for the fifth consecutive year

EF Education First published the report of its eighth English Proficiency Index on Wednesday. The report evaluated the global proficiency of English at work places, according to the test's attending adults' profession, title, and rank.

The test results show that Sweden, once again, ranked No.1 among the tested countries and China ranked No. 47, with Shanghai's average English proficiency leading the country for the fifth consecutive year.

More than 130,000 people from over 88 non-English speaking countries took the test, and the average age of the participants was 26, according to Lin Xinxin, general manager of EF Education First's China operation.

Worldwide, European countries' English proficiency kept the leading positions again. Sweden came back to the top of the list with a score of 70.72, followed by the Netherlands at 70.31. Singapore ranked number three with a score of 68.63.

China's average English proficiency score dropped a little to 51.94, ranking No. 47 on the list and within the range of low proficiency.

Among Chinese cities, Shanghai once again scored the highest and made its way into the high proficiency range for the first time.

Among China's public service industries, English proficiency of the health and medical industry, mining and energy industry and automobile industry scored higher than the world's average.

EF Education First published its first English Proficiency Index in 2011 and it has since been publishing the index every year. The results come from the EF Test, which is the first free global standardized English test and is used by thousands of schools, companies, and government agencies.