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EF English Proficiency Index by Country 2024

Education First (EF), the creator of the EF Standard English Test (SET), calculated the English proficiency of citizens from 111 countries. Even in non-English speaking countries, proficiency in English opens the doors to international business or education.

How EF Calculated English Proficiency

As an administrator of the free globally available SET, EF has unique access to data about the English skills of people from around the world. For the 2022 English Proficiency Index, EF used the test results 2021 of 2.1 million test takers from 111 countries. Additionally, EF compared results from tests in 2021 to those from previous years to evaluate changes in English learning over time.

What a High EF English Proficiency Index Score Correlates to

EF found several correlations between demographics and high SET scores in national economies and society.

Economically, countries that had higher English proficiency correlated positively with human capital, global innovation, talent competitiveness, and productivity.

Socially, higher English proficiency in countries connected to lower gender gaps, better scores on the environmental performance index, higher global freedom scores, and more social mobility.

Limitations of the EF English Proficiency Index

As with all studies, the EF English Proficiency Index does have limitations. First, the results come from people who voluntarily take the SET. People who don't have any English skills or interest in finding out their level of proficiency may not take the test. Consequently, this index does not have information for those people.

Additionally, as a free test administered online via computer or mobile device, the SET prevents people who don't have internet access from taking the test.

Finally, test takers skew to younger demographics with 97% of them under 60 and a median age of 25. Adults over 60 generally do not have representation in the study because most people in that age group did not take the test.

Therefore, the EF English Proficiency Index results do not reflect the English capacity of all people within a country. Instead, this index provides an overall idea of the popularity of English globally.

Countries with the Highest EF English Proficiency Index Scores

Thirteen countries had very high English Proficiency Index scores of 600 or greater. The country with the highest score was the Netherlands with a 661. The other top five scoring countries were Singapore, Austria, Norway, and Denmark.

Countries with the Lowest EF English Proficiency Index Scores

Twenty-four nations ranked very low per the index, with scores of 449 or lower. The country that had the lowest score was Laos with a score of 364. Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen, Libya, and Rwanda were the other four countries in the bottom five on the English Proficiency Index.

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Country
Index Score
Proficiency Bands
Netherlands661Very High
Singapore642Very High
Austria628Very High
Norway627Very High
Denmark625Very High
Belgium620Very High
Sweden618Very High
Finland615Very High
Portugal614Very High
Germany613Very High
Croatia612Very High
South Africa609Very High
Poland600Very High
Greece598High
Slovakia597High
Luxembourg596High
Romania595High
Hungary590High
Lithuania589High
Bulgaria581High
Philippines578High
Czech Republic575High
Malaysia574High
Latvia571High
Estonia570High
Serbia567High
Nigeria564High
Switzerland563High
Argentina562High
Hong Kong561High
Italy548Moderate
Spain545Moderate
France541Moderate
Ukraine539Moderate
South Korea537Moderate
Costa Rica536Moderate
Cuba535Moderate
Belarus533Moderate
Russia530Moderate
Ghana529Moderate
Moldova528Moderate
Paraguay526Moderate
Bolivia525Moderate
Chile524Moderate
Georgia524Moderate
Albania523Moderate
Honduras522Moderate
Uruguay521Moderate
El Salvador519Moderate
Peru517Moderate
India516Moderate
Dominican Republic514Moderate
Lebanon513Moderate
Uganda512Moderate
Tunisia511Moderate
Armenia506Moderate
Brazil505Moderate
Guatemala505Moderate
Vietnam502Moderate
Nicaragua499Low
China498Low
Tanzania496Low
Turkey495Low
Nepal494Low
Bangladesh493Low
Venezuela492Low
Ethiopia490Low
Iran489Low
Pakistan488Low
Sri Lanka487Low
Mongolia485Low
Qatar484Low
Israel483Low
Panama482Low
Morocco478Low
Colombia477Low
Algeria476Low
Japan475Low
Indonesia469Low
Ecuador466Low
Syria461Low
Kuwait459Low
Egypt454Low
Mozambique453Low
Afghanistan450Low
Mexico447Very low
Uzbekistan446Very low
Jordan443Very low
Kyrgyzstan442Very low
Azerbaijan440Very low
Myanmar437Very low
Cambodia434Very low
Sudan426Very low
Cameroon425Very low
Thailand423Very low
Haiti421Very low
Kazakhstan420Very low
Somalia414Very low
Oman412Very low
Saudi Arabia406Very low
Iraq404Very low
Ivory Coast403Very low
Angola402Very low
Tajikistan397Very low
Rwanda392Very low
Libya390Very low
Yemen370Very low
DR Congo367Very low
Laos364Very low
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What country has the highest English proficiency?

The country with the highest overall proficiency index in English is the Netherlands. The country has a score of 661.

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