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TOEFL: Singapore Third Worldwide In English Proficiency Test, Top In Asia

A report of TOEFL scores from Jan-Dec 2010 shows the Netherlands topping the list with an average score of 100, followed by Denmark with 99 and Singapore with 98, tied with Austria.

| April 28, 2011 | Academia

AsianScientist (Apr. 28, 2011) - A report by the Educational Testing Services (ETS) summarizing the performance of examinees who took the TOEFL test between the period of Jan-Dec 2010 has the Netherlands topping the list with an average score of 100, followed by Denmark with 99 and Singapore with 98, tied with Austria.

Amongst 163 countries, India ranked 19th, followed by the Philippines at 35th. South Korea ranked 80th and North Korea ranked 96th. Next was China at 105th, Thailand at 116th and Japan at 135th. The lowest scorers in Asia came from Cambodia.

Internationally, the average score was 80, with 20.1 in reading, 19.5 in listening, 20.7 in writing, and 20 in speaking.

2010 ETS TOEFL Scores
TOEFL iBT Total and Section Score Means — All Examinees Classified by Native Language (Source: ETS).

ETS cautions that the TOEFL scores are accurate at the individual level, but may not be appropriate for comparing countries. Differences in the number of students taking the test in each country, how early English is introduced into the curriculum, how many hours per week are devoted to learning English, and the fact that those taking the test are not representative of all English speakers in each country or any defined population may make ranking by test score meaningless.

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Source: Educational Testing Services.
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