Friday, November 10, 2017

Nigeria Ranked 31 in EF English Proficiency Index 2017

Nigerian woman at the British Council office. Photo Credit: British Council.

Nigeria, Africa's most populous country of more than 180 million people and the largest democracy in the continent where English is the official language has been ranked 31st among 80 countries in the EF English Proficiency Index 2017. 
South Africa is the only African country ranked in the top 10 countries.

EF's Global Ranking of English Skills Shows Netherlands Still on Top 

ZURICH, November 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Global survey of over one million adults maps worldwide trends in English proficiency

The Netherlands still has the world's best non-native English speakers, according to the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) released today by EF Education First. This year's EF EPI results were first announced at a reception in the U.K.'s House of Commons.

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"Given the vast sums that parents, governments, and companies invest in English training, the EF EPI serves as a valuable resource for sparking a discussion on the best ways to improve a country's English level," said Minh N. Tran, EF Senior Director of Research. "In today's global economy, the advantages of learning English transcend borders."

The EF EPI 2017 ranks 80 countries and territories based on data from more than one million adults who took the EF Standard English Test (EF SET), the world's first free standardized English test. The EF SET provides language learners access to a high-quality, standardized English test. The EF SET has been used worldwide by thousands of schools, companies, and governments, where large-scale testing was previously cost prohibitive.

Highlights of the EF EPI 2017 include:
  • For the first time, Africa is included in the EF EPI as a distinct region with nine African countries represented. The region has the largest gender gap, with African women outperforming men and scoring above the global average.
  • Europe leads the world in English proficiency, with eight European countries in the top 10. The Middle East occupies the lowest ranks.
  • Asia has the world's second best proficiency, but the largest gap between individual country scores.
  • Colombia, Guatemala, and Panama all improved enough to break out of the Very Low Proficiency band. Despite significant spending on education within Latin America, the region still performs below global averages.
  • Worldwide, women speak English better than men, although the gap is narrower for some world regions than in previous editions of the EF EPI.
  • English proficiency is linked to economic competitiveness, social development, and innovation. Countries with higher English proficiency tend to have higher average incomes, better quality of life, and greater investment in research and development.
    The EF English Proficiency Index for Schools (EF EPI-s), a companion report to the EF EPI, was also released today. The EF EPI-s examines the acquisition of English skills by secondary and tertiary students from 26 countries.
    The EF EPI and EF EPI-s reports and country fact sheets are available for download at The full EF EPI 2017 ranking is below.

    About EF Education First 

    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." EF has more than 500 schools and offices in over 50 countries.

    EF English Proficiency Index 2017:

    01 Netherlands
    02 Sweden
    03 Denmark
    04 Norway
    05 Singapore
    06 Finland
    07 Luxembourg
    08 South Africa
    09 Germany
    10 Austria
    11 Poland
    12 Belgium
    13 Malaysia
    14 Switzerland
    15 Philippines
    16 Serbia
    17 Romania
    18 Portugal
    19 Hungary
    20 Czech Republic
    21 Slovakia
    22 Bulgaria
    23 Greece
    24 Lithuania
    25 Argentina
    26 Dominican Republic
    27 India
    28 Spain
    29 Hong Kong
    30 South Korea
    31 Nigeria
    32 France
    33 Italy
    34 Vietnam
    35 Costa Rica
    36 China
    37 Japan
    38 Russia
    39 Indonesia
    40 Taiwan
    41 Brazil
    42 Macau
    43 Uruguay
    44 Mexico
    45 Chile
    46 Bangladesh
    47 Ukraine
    48 Cuba
    49 Panama
    50 Peru
    51 Colombia
    52 Pakistan
    53 Thailand
    54 Guatemala
    55 Ecuador
    56 Tunisia
    57 U.A.E.
    58 Syria
    59 Qatar
    60 Morocco
    61 Sri Lanka
    62 Turkey
    63 Jordan
    64 Azerbaijan
    65 Iran
    66 Egypt
    67 Kazakhstan
    68 Venezuela
    69 El Salvador
    70 Oman
    71 Mongolia
    72 Saudi Arabia
    73 Angola
    74 Kuwait
    75 Cameroon
    76 Algeria
    77 Cambodia
    78 Libya
    79 Iraq
    80 Laos

    SOURCE EF Education First (EF)

    CONTACT: Adam Bickelman,, +1-617-510-1240

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