You’ve probably asked yourself many times how your English skills compare to others. Are you ahead or behind people in your profession, in your industry, in your class, or in your country? You can find answers to many of these questions in two easy steps:
- First, you’ll need to take the EFSET, a free standardized English test. It will take you 50 minutes to check your English level, and you’ll get an accurate measure of your English skills. Scores are 0 to 100 on the EF scale, but also you get your score on the CEFR scale which you can use on your CV. Now that you have your score between 0 and 100, you’re ready to compare yourself to others.
- Next, compare your EFSET score against the relevant international benchmarks. The EF EPI, published annually, and its companion reports the EF EPI-c (for companies) and the EF EPI-s (for schools) give you all the data points you need to compare your English skills to a range of other people like you. These reports use the same 0-100 scale as the EFSET test which you took in step 1. By stitching together data points from these three reports and comparing them against your EFSET score, you can find out where you stand.
In the EF EPI report, you will find the average English level for your country and English scores of people in your age group, your gender, your region, and often in your city. Using these broad measures, you can begin to see how your English measures up.
Using data from the EF EPI-c check your English level against the average English levels in your industry, in companies the size of your company, or in your level of employment. There’s no data about individual companies, but this report gives some perspective on your chances of finding a new job, if that’s something you’re considering.
Finally, if you’re a student, the EF EPI-s looks at the English levels of students of different ages in different countries. Find the score for the group most relevant to you, and check your score against it.
By combining these tools, the EFSET and the EF EPI reports, you now have a clearer idea of where you stand in English. If you’re above average, congratulations! You can use this to your advantage in choosing your major, looking for work or positioning yourself for a promotion. If you’re a bit behind, don’t worry. It’s never too late to improve your English!