Malaysia scored 55.54 point and is ranked at position 9 in a group of 44 countries. This EPI is based on written test only.
Malaysia is still in the leading position in Asia because of old timers, the EPI ranking will be different if the testers are limited to below 40-year old.
Why English as first language not listed in the PR’s Orange Book?
I am not sure why Koreans can be in the number two position because hardly I found a Korean on the street who speak “understandable” English. But that was many years ago.
With the declining trend continues in Malaysia, East Asians will easily overtake Malaysia in English proficiency skill.
Malaysia No.1 in English in Asia
Malaysia boleh! Although there’s much (deserved) grumbling about our national English standards, it happens that we’re actually in the first spot for English proficiency in the Asia region for countries where English is not the mother tongue.
Seoul (The Korea Herald/ANN) – South Korea ranked third out of Asian nations according to an English Proficiency Index announced on March 30 by Education First, a global education center. Go here for the full rankings.
Korea, with an overall ranking of 13th, overtook Japan (at 14th) and Taiwan at (25th).
From 2007 to 2009, Education First conducted online English tests on 2.3 million working adults all from over the world. English proficiency was tested in four categories – grammar, vocabulary, reading and listening.
Among Asian countries, Korea’s 54.19 points followed only Malaysia (9th) with 55.54 points and Hong Kong (12th) with 54.44 points. Koreans’ English proficiency can [...]