PH Slips 7 Spots Further Down in Global English Proficiency Index


The Philippines slips 7 spots further down in the Global English Proficiency, now ranking 27th from its 20th rank last year. This dismayed a lot of Filipinos, particularly due to the country’s dismal rank at another global index.

Last year, Filipinos were disappointed to learn that Pinoy students ranked last in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Thankfully, the country ranked 20th in the English Proficiency Index (EPI) at the time, based on the ratings given by the international education company Education First (EF).

But the new report released by Switzerland-based EF shows that the Philippines slipped to the 27th spot.

The rankings are based on the EF Standard English Test (EF SET) administered in 2019 to 2.2 million individuals from 100 countries. There are five proficiency bands, ranging from “Very Low” to “Very High”.

The Philippines got a score of 562 out of 700. Though ranking 27th among 100 countries in the global English index seems dismal for most Filipinos, the country still received a “high proficiency” level in the English language. While it is a bit confusing, the rating simply means that “Filipinos are able to make a presentation at work, understand TV shows, and read newspapers.

In comparison, the country that ranked first is the Netherlands with a score of 652; they belong to the “very high proficiency” level.

Looking into the bright side, though, the Philippines ranks second in Asia under EF’s ratings.

Consistent Drop in PH Ranking

Although considered to be still at “high proficiency” level, many educators were alarmed to learn that there has been a steady drop in the country’s ranking since 2016.

Back in 2016, the Philippines ranked #13. This dropped to #15 the following, a slight increase to #14 in 2018 but dropped further to #20 in 2019. But ranking #27 is considered by many to be bad news, especially considering that Filipinos have always prided ourselves with our proficiency in English.


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