GlobalEnglish Business English Index

A survey by GlobalEnglish has created the Business English Index (BEI), stated to be the benchmark of Business English competency in the global workplace.

The score levels of the GlobalEnglish Business English Index 2012 survey are:

  • 9-10 Advanced – Able to communicate and collaborate much like a native English speaker.
  • 7-8 Intermediate – Can take an active role in business discussions and perform relatively complex tasks.
  • 4-6 Basic – Able to understand but can’t take an active part in business discussions or perform relatively complex tasks.
  • 0-3 Beginner – Able to read and communicate only simple questions and statements, but can’t communicate and understand basic business information during phone calls.

76 Countries took part, with 108,000 total test takers.

The global average was a score of 4.15.

A selection of Country scores:

  • 7.11 Philippines
  • 6.54 Norway
  • 6.45 Estonia
  • 6.38 Serbia
  • 6.19 Slovenia
  • 6.17 Australia (native English Speakers)
  • 5.57 India
  • 5.53 Singapore
  • 5.45 Canada (native English Speakers)
  • 5.24 United Kingdom (native English Speakers)
  • 5.09 United States (native English Speakers)
  • 4.44 China
  • 4.37 Switzerland
  • 2.28 Japan

Source: www.globalenglish.com/business_english_index

The test takers in the United Kingdom have their English speaking skills rated as: Basic – Able to understand but can’t take an active part in business discussions or perform relatively complex tasks.

The top country in the world, for the use of business English language is: The Philippines

No country, not even England, is ranked as: Able to communicate and collaborate much like a native English speaker.

Full List:

  1. 7.11 Philippines
  2. 6.54 Norway
  3. 6.47 Australia
  4. 6.38 Serbia
  5. 6.19 Slovenia
  6. 6.09 Malaysia
  7. 5.57 India
  8. 5.55 Lithuania
  9. 5.53 Singapore
  10. 5.45 Canada
  11. 5.40 Greece
  12. 5.38 Hong Kong
  13. 5.31 Finland
  14. 5.31 Sweden
  15. 5.28 Indonesia
  16. 5.24 United Kingdom
  17. 5.23 Bulgaria
  18. 5.18 Egypt
  19. 5.10 Netherlands
  20. 5.09 United States
  21. 5.07 Poland
  22. 5.01 Oman
  23. 4.94 Dominican Republic
  24. 4.86 Republic of Korea
  25. 4.81 Denmark
  26. 4.73 Panama
  27. 4.69 Tunisia
  28. 4.65 Portugal
  29. 4.56 Romania
  30. 4.55 VietNam
  31. 4.54 Austria
  32. 4.54 France
  33. 4.52 Thailand
  34. 4.49 Argentina
  35. 4.44 China
  36. 4.43 Costa Rica
  37. 4.37 Switzerland
  38. 4.32 Germany
  39. 4.27 Uruguay
  40. 4.26 Guatemala
  41. 4.24 United Arab Emirates
  42. 4.22 Algeria
  43. 4.18 Spain
  44. 4.15 Puerto Rico
  45. 4.11 Czech Republic
  46. 4.11 Luxembourg
  47. 4.06 Paraguay
  48. 3.91 Bolivia
  49. 3.89 Congo
  50. 3.84 Sudan
  51. 3.80 Italy
  52. 3.79 Hungary
  53. 3.76 Ukraine
  54. 3.72 Belgium
  55. 3.66 Angola
  56. 3.60 Russian Federation
  57. 3.54 Kazakhstan
  58. 3.50 Mexico
  59. 3.48 Slovakia (Slovak Republic)
  60. 3.46 Mozambique
  61. 3.40 Japan
  62. 3.40 Venezuela
  63. 3.33 Ecuador
  64. 3.32 Morocco
  65. 3.06 Peru
  66. 2.97 Turkey
  67. 2.95 Brazil
  68. 2.90 Israel
  69. 2.90 Saudi Arabia
  70. 2.89 El Salvador
  71. 2.76 Chile
  72. 2.75 Colombia
  73. 2.67 Honduras
  74. 2.28 Taiwan
  75. 2.06 Cote D’Ivoire
  76. 0.73 Armenia

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