What is the Test of Korean Proficiency?

The main objective of the TOPIK (Test for Proficiency In Korean) as the name suggests is to evaluate the Korean proficiency of the test taker most of who are foreigners.

What is TOPIK?

TOPIK, Test of Proficiency in Korean, is a written test designed to measure the ability of non-native speakers for expression and comprehension in the Korean language.

TOPIK test measures proficiency in reading, writing, and listening comprehension in the Korean language.  The test has three different levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.  Further accuracy is expressed through six grades, two matched to each level to evaluate proficiency.

Purpose of Exam

  • To propagate and set direction for learning Korean for non-native Korean speakers and overseas Koreans.
  • To measure and evaluate their Korean language skills and utilize the results for admission to Korean colleges and job-seeking

Applicant Qualification

Overseas Koreans and foreigners for whom Korean is a second language and who:

  • Aim to learn the language and enter a Korea university for higher studies
  • Seek jobs in companies and public institutions in Korea and overseas
  • Reside overseas or are attending/graduated from a foreign school

Even though TOPIK is a standard test for Korean ability, it comes with some inherent flaws.

In other words, your ability to pass the TOPIK test is not in direct relation to your Korean ability but instead it depends on how well you prepare for the test.

It is common to find foreigners with very high TOPIK scores but low Korean ability.

In fact passing TOPIK is a skill”.

The more you practice the skill, the better your scores.

My job is to take you through some strategies for passing the TOPIK without breaking much sweat. Be assured passing TOPIK is very easy if you are dedicated.

Stay tuned.

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