Are you learning Korean? Are you interested in attending a Korean university, working for a Korean company or simply checking your Korean proficiency? If the answers are yes, then why not try the Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK)?
WHAT IS TOPIK (한국어능력시험)?
TOPIK is designed for non-native speakers of Korean (including Koreans who have grown up overseas) who want to check their Korean proficiency. TOPIK takes place in 32 countries around the world in April and/or September and is administered by the Korea Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation.
There are two forms of the exam: standard (S)-TOPIK and business(B)-TOPIK:
You can obtain past papers of both exams via the TOPIK website. Just click on 'data room' on the left hand side of the page.
HOW IS THE EXAM STRUCTURED?
TOPIK is a 3-hour exam, which is split into two 90-minute papers.
All questions are multiple choice except for the writing section in S-TOPIK (which has some short answer questions and an essay).
WHAT LEVELS ARE AVAILABLE?
There are three different S-TOPIK levels: beginner (초급), intermediate (중급) and advanced (고급). It is possible to achieve:
In order to score grades 1, 3 or 5 you need to get an average score over 50% and not less than 40% in any one section. To achieve grades 2,4 or 6 you need to get an average score over 70% and not less than 50% in any one section.
In most countries, the beginner and advanced level TOPIK papers are in the morning and the intermediate and B-TOPIK papers are in the afternoon.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REGISTER?
The most recent (13th) TOPIK exam cost W40000 in Korea, £20 in England and $10-$20 in the US.
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