TOPIK tips

Here are my top 10 tips for succeeding in TOPIK:

  1. Go through at least a few past papers - available at
  2. Learn the vocabulary that comes up year after year
  3. Practise writing essays of the required length before the exam and ask a Korean to check them
  4. Circle the answers on the question sheet first before filling in the answer grid
  5. Make sure you answer every multiple-choice question (25% chance of getting it right even if you have no idea of the answer!)

  6. If you don't know the answer exactly, try to rule out some of the options in order increase your chances
  7. You have 1.5 mins per question, so don't spend too long on difficult questions - come back to them later if you have time
  8. Read the essay question at the start of paper 1 and prepare a draft of the essay before you start filling in the official answer sheet
  9. Allow at least 15 mins to write the essay and remember to use the polite formal ending ~ㅂ니다/습니다
  10. Remember that towards the end of the listening section you have to answer two questions per transcript



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