EF Education First released today the 2020 edition of its EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), analyzing data from 2.2 million non-native English speakers in 100 countries and regions. This year, the Netherlands remains in the first position while Denmark and Finland tie for second.
“While 2020 has been a challenging year, the circumstances have also highlighted the importance of clear communication and cooperation across borders. English as a global lingua franca continues to bring people together, and the EF EPI contains valuable insights for policymakers to evaluate and strengthen their organizations’ and governments’ language learning capability,”
said Dr. Christopher McCormick, EF Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The EF EPI is based on test scores from the EF Standard English Test (EF SET), the world’s first free standardized English test. The EF SET has been used worldwide by thousands of schools, companies, and governments for large-scale testing.
Key findings of the EF EPI 2020 include:
The scoring scale of the EF EPI has moved to 800 points this year to eliminate confusion with the previous scale which resembled a percentile. Alongside the new scale, a clarification of the conversion of EF EPI scores to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is included in the report.
The EF EPI report is available for download at ef.com/epi
About EF Education First
EF Education First is an international education company that focuses on language, academic, cultural exchange, and educational travel programs. Founded in 1965, EF’s mission is “opening the world through education.” EF is the Official Language Training Partner for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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