Malaysia now ranks Number 12 out of 72 countries in the world in terms of English proficiency, New Straits Times Online reported on Wednesday quoting a survey by the EF English Proficiency Index (EFEPI).
The 2016 report states that Malaysia has a high proficiency EFEPI Score of 60.70 which puts the nation No 2 out of 19 countries in Asia.
Singapore, in the meantime, ranks No 6, making it the only Asian country in the top 10 dominated by European countries. The Philippines took the 13th ranking after Malaysia while India was ranked 22.
The Netherlands took the No 1 spot overall.
The survey also found that women in Malaysia speak English better than men as in almost all the countries and age groups. This finding has been consistent across all editions of the EFEPI.
Adults aged 18-25 have the strongest English proficiency worldwide, although some countries have markedly different national trends.
EFEPI is an important international benchmark for adult English proficiency which was gauged through an online test taken by 950,000 adults in 2015 and classified into one of the six levels established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Language.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)