EF EPI proficiency bands

The EF English Proficiency Index places the surveyed countries and territories into five proficiency bands, from Very High to Very Low. The bands make it easier to identify countries and regions with similar skill levels and to draw comparisons between and within regions.

In the chart below, we give examples of tasks that an individual could accomplish at each proficiency band. The selection of tasks is not meant to be exhaustive, but it is a useful reference for understanding how skills advance across the bands.

It is important to keep in mind that a proficiency band merely indicates the level of the “average” person. The EF EPI seeks to compare countries and territories, which necessitates overlooking individual strengths and weaknesses.

  • Very high proficiency
  • เนเธอร์แลนด์
  • สิงคโปร์
  • สวีเดน
  • Use nuanced and appropriate language in social situations
  • Read advanced texts with ease
  • Negotiate a contract with a native English speaker
  • High proficiency
  • ฮังการี
  • Kenya
  • Philippines
  • Make a presentation at work
  • Understand TV shows
  • Read a newspaper
  • Moderate proficiency
  • จีน
  • คอสตาริก้า
  • ฝรั่งเศส
  • Participate in meetings in one’s area of expertise
  • Understand song lyrics
  • Write professional emails on familiar subjects
  • Low proficiency
  • Bolivia
  • Pakistan
  • รัสเซีย
  • Navigate an English-speaking country as a tourist
  • Engage in small talk with colleagues
  • Understand simple e-mails from colleagues
  • Very low proficiency
  • Bangladesh
  • Maldives
  • สหรัฐอาหรับเอมิเรตส์
  • Introduce oneself simply (name, age, country /regions of origin)
  • Understand simple signs
  • Give basic directions to a foreign visitor
EF EPI EF EPI proficiency bands