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Chinese score low in English proficiency test

Chinese have poor English skills despite their huge efforts in language training, according to a study released today.

China ranks only the 29th in the English Proficiency Index, a lower range, and behind Asian rivals such as Malaysia, Japan and South Korea.

Test-oriented, rote learning habits did not give Chinese students the real language skills, education experts said.

The EPI report was based on a free online English test participated by 2 million adults from 44 countries and regions where English is not the native language.

The report finds that the ranking is closely related to a country's average salary, export volume and education input.

The average salary income of the top-ranked country Norway stood at US$87,070 while China's average income was just US$2,940.

Compared with TOFEL, IELTS and other tests whose participants have specific goals and are well prepared, the report can better reflect the real English language proficiency of a huge population, according to the EF Research Unit at Cambridge University.


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