Examples of proficient in a Sentence
- With this system, a large pool of teachers are asked to identify students they believe are proficient in a given subject; those students are then tested, and their grades stand as the proficiency range. —Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker, 15 Sept. 2003
- Dr. Pascual-Leone recruited 15 proficient Braille readers and wired them up so he could measure their somatosensory cortex—the part of the brain that registers and processes the sense of touch. —Sharon Begley, Wall Street Journal, 11 Oct. 2002
- Become proficient at lag putting and you may make a few. —Dave Pelz, Golf Magazine, July 1996
He has become very proficient at computer programming.
She is proficient in two foreign languages.
Recent Examples of proficient from the Web
Both teams presented matchup mismatches for the other, but the Celtics are a more proficient defensive team and, so, were less compromised.
The most proficient hitters are hardly at all cut from the same cloth.
Just a quarter of the district's eighth-graders scored proficient or advanced in math, compared to 26 percent of students in large urban districts as a whole and 34 percent nationwide.
Massachusetts led the country at 53 percent proficient or better.
In fourth- and eighth-grade reading, only 13 percent of city students are considered proficient or advanced.
National public school results were similar at 33 percent proficient and 69 percent basic.
Fouth grade reading: Ohio was tied for 15th with 39 percent of students scoring as proficient, ahead of the 35 percent nationally.
The Wildcats were one of the most proficient 3-point shooting teams during the regular season and upped the 3 ante in the NCAA Tournament, knocking down a record 65 and counting.
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Comparing efficient, effective, and proficient
These three words cover some overlapping territory.
Efficient most often describes what is capable of producing desired results without wasting materials, time, or energy. While the word can be applied to both people and things, it is far more commonly applied to things, such as machines, systems, processes, and organizations. The focus of the word is on how little is wasted or lost while the desired results are produced.
Effective typically describes things—such as policies, treatments, arguments, and techniques—that do what they are intended to do. People can also be described as effective when they accomplish what they set out to accomplish, but the word is far more often applied to things.
Proficient typically describes people, and it often is followed by the preposition at. If you are proficient at something, you are very good at it. You are, in fact, so good at doing it that you are unusually efficient when you do it. One can also be proficient in something, such as a language.
accomplished, ace, adept, complete, consummate, crack, crackerjack, educated, experienced, expert, good, great, master, masterful, masterly, practiced (also practised), skilled, skillful, versed, veteran, virtuoso;
Synonym Discussion of proficient
- proficient in translating foreign languages
- adept at doing long division
- a skilled surgeon
- skillful drivers
- expert in the evaluation of wines
PROFICIENT Defined for English Language Learners
: good at doing something
PROFICIENT Defined for Kids
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