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  • Definition: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Female: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Male: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Reading performance > Access and retrieve: Access and retrieve.

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  • Reading performance > Continuous texts: Continuous texts.

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  • Reading performance > Integrate and interpret: Integrate and interpret.

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  • Reading performance > Non-continuous texts: Non-continuous texts.

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  • Reading performance > Overall: Overall.

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  • Reading performance > Overall reading skills: Overall.

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  • Reading performance > Reflect and evaluate: Reflect and evaluate.

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  • Total population: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
STAT China United States HISTORY
Definition age 15 and over can read and write age 15 and over can read and write
Female 87.6%
Ranked 2nd.
99%
Ranked 17th. 13% more than China

Male 95.7%
Ranked 2nd.
99%
Ranked 28th. 3% more than China

Reading performance > Access and retrieve 530
Ranked 4th. 8% more than United States
492
Ranked 25th.
Reading performance > Continuous texts 538
Ranked 2nd. 8% more than United States
500
Ranked 13th.
Reading performance > Integrate and interpret 530
Ranked 3rd. 7% more than United States
495
Ranked 20th.
Reading performance > Non-continuous texts 522
Ranked 6th. 4% more than United States
503
Ranked 14th.
Reading performance > Overall 533
Ranked 3rd. 7% more than United States
500
Ranked 15th.
Reading performance > Overall reading skills 533
Ranked 3rd. 7% more than United States
500
Ranked 15th.
Reading performance > Reflect and evaluate 540
Ranked 2nd. 5% more than United States
512
Ranked 8th.
Total population 91.6%
Ranked 2nd.
99%
Ranked 20th. 8% more than China

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