The Philippines ranked lower in this year’s EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) with a score of 562 out of 700.
The index, published yearly by international education company Education First, places the country at rank 27, seven spots lower than last year’s ranking.
In Asia, the Philippines’ English proficiency ranked second to Singapore, which score 611 and ranked 10th globally.
Overall, the Netherlands topped the charts with a score of 652.
Despite the drop, the Philippines was still considered a “high proficiency” country, in terms of “Proficiency Bands”, a system which groups together countries with similar English language skills level.
According to EF, high proficiency English speakers can: make a presentation for work, understand television shows and read newspapers.
The company said that the index was based on tests given to 2.2 million adults from 100 countries and territories last year.