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Only 4% of new high school graduates have English needed multinationals

Some 70% of graduates had a A2 level English, below the B2 level demanded by multinationals in Costa Rica

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Of the 66,000 high school students who recently underwent the first language proficiency test, only 4% could be hired by a multinational for their level of English.

That small percentage is the B2 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), based on the research by the University of Costa Rica (UCR).

This level is considered as an intermediate level and is suitable for a manufacturing or customer service position at a multinational.

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According to the results, 70% of the graduates have an A2 basic level that does not make them attractive for this type of contracting; 1% of the graduates had an A1; 25% a B1; and only 0.8% a C1 level.


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