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TOPIK, the abbreviation of Test Of Proficiency in Korean, is a written test designed to evaluate the Korean language proficiency of non-native speakers. This test measures the sufficiency in the understanding of reading, writing and listening in the Korean language. TOPIK has three different levels, namely Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced . Moreover every level has two grades.

Benefits of TOPIK

The main reason why people take the TOPIK is for them to get an official record of their proficiency in Korean. Many do it to evaluate their future career prospects, or to get better educational opportunities in Korea. The South Korean government provides scholarship opportunities to deserving international students to study in Korea. It has been seen that students who have up to TOPIK level 3 have a better chance in getting the scholarship and have an edge over the students. Students who are willing to apply for scholarships for masters and PhD are required to attain TOPIK level 4 by some Korean universities. Nevertheless attaining a level in TOPIK would make your selection much easier. For such scholarships, TOPIK Certification is a prerequisite. Also, it is also vital if you’re planning to attain permanent residency or a marriage visa in Korea. In short, this Certification confirms your proficiency in Korean language which can be used for various purposes apart from studies also.

TOPIK exam structure for different levels

  • There are two exams in TOPIK - TOPIK I and TOPIK II.
  • TOPIK I consists of Level 1 and level 2 and TOPIK II consists of Level 3,4,5 and 6. The test consists of mostly multiple-choice questions; however, the TOPIK II also has a writing examination which will require you to write a paragraph and an essay. TOPIK I exam is conducted in a single session of 100 minutes and has two sections - listening and writing and consists of multiple-choice questions. Listening section of TOPIK exam has 30 questions and is 40 minutes long and the reading paper of TOPIK I has 40 questions and is 60 minutes long. Both examination areas are worth a score of 100 with a combining score of 200. TOPIK II is conducted in two sessions with a short break in between and has 3 papers - Listening, Reading and Writing. The first sessions is the listening examination (60 minutes long with 50 questions) and writing (50 minutes long with 4 short-answer questions). The second slot is for the reading examination (70 minutes long with 50 questions). All three examinations of TOPIK II are worth a score of 100 with a combining score of 300. Different levels have different passing requirements. The below table shows the current pass grade and evaluation criteria broken down by section.

How can I register for the TOPIK Test?

In Korea: If you are in Korea, you can register for the test online on www.topik.go.kr. The registration fee is KRW 35,000 for TOPIK I (level 1-2) and KRW 40,000 for TOPIK II (level 3-6), which can be paid through debit/credit card, online banking or direct bank transfer. In Other Countries: In most countries, the Korean Embassies and Korean Culture Centres (한국문화원) administer the TOPIK tests. Some affiliate institutes also accept the applications. You can get the list of the affiliate institutions in your country our Updates page. For registration, you have to visit the embassy or affiliate institution with 2 passport size photographs and the registration fee (which varies country to country). You can watch the video below to see the complete registration process.

When is the test conducted?

TOPIK test is conducted held 6 times in a year - 3 times only in Korea (January, May and November) and 3 times both in Korea and overseas (April, July, and October). In most countries, the TOPIK I test is held in the morning and the TOPIK II test is held in the afternoon. So you can take both TOPIK I and II on the same day if you want to. Test is always held on Sundays (in some countries on Saturdays as well). You can check all important dates of TOPIK test in 2023 HERE.

TOPIK Test Structure

TOPIK test has two levels - TOPIK-I and TOPIK-II. TOPIK-I, i.e. the beginner level, has two sublevels - 1 & 2 while TOPIK-II, i.e. Intermediate-Advanced level, has 4 sublevels - 3, 4, 5 & 6. Test takers get a level between 1 and 6 based on their total score in the test. Test takers who meet the requirements will be issued a formal certificate with one of six possible grades: low beginner (level 1), high beginner (level 2), low intermediate (level 3), high intermediate (level 4), low advanced (level 5), and high advanced (level 6). Levels 1 and 2 - Beginner Level Levels 3 and 4 - Intermediate Level Levels 5 and 6 - Advanced Level TOPIK-I (Level 1-2) has just two sections - Reading and Listening. TOPIK II (Level 3-6), which is the combined Intermediate-Advanced test, has 3 sections - Reading, Listening and Writing. Each section is graded out of 100 points with a possible total of 200 points for the Beginner and 300 points for Intermediate-Advanced level. The test includes composition, listening and multiple choice sections. The test consists of two 90-minute sessions with a 30-minute break in between. The first session tests vocabulary & grammar, and writing, and the second session tests listening and reading.

What is TOPIK?

TOPIK, the abbreviation of Test Of Proficiency in Korean, is a written test designed to evaluate the Korean language proficiency of non-native speakers. This test measures the sufficiency in the understanding of reading, writing and listening in the Korean language. TOPIK has three different levels, namely Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced . Moreover every level has two grades.

What is TOPIK?

TOPIK, the abbreviation of Test Of Proficiency in Korean, is a written test designed to evaluate the Korean language proficiency of non-native speakers. This test measures the sufficiency in the understanding of reading, writing and listening in the Korean language. TOPIK has three different levels, namely Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced . Moreover every level has two grades.

What is TOPIK?

TOPIK, the abbreviation of Test Of Proficiency in Korean, is a written test designed to evaluate the Korean language proficiency of non-native speakers. This test measures the sufficiency in the understanding of reading, writing and listening in the Korean language. TOPIK has three different levels, namely Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced . Moreover every level has two grades.

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