TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean)

TOPIK (http://www.topik.go.kr)

Purpose of Exam

– To propagate and set direction for learning Korea for non-native Korean speakers and overseas Koreans.

– To measure and evaluate their Korean language skills and utilize the results for in-Korea 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 in-Korea universities

– Seek jobs in companies and public institutions in Korea and overseas

– Reside overseas or are attending/graduated from a foreign school

2013 Exam Dates

Exam Korea The Americas, Europe, Africa Asia.Central Asia, Austrailia Remarks
29th Exam 1.20(Sun) Korea Only
30th Exam 4.21(Sun) 4.20(Sat) 4.21(Sun)
31st Exam 7.21(Sun) Korea only
32nd Exam 10.20(Sun) 10.19(Sat) 10.20(Sun)

Application Period(Korean dates)

Exam Date How to apply Remarks
29th Exam ‘12.12.13(Thu)9:00 ~ 12.26(Wed)18:00 · Korea : Online application, group application Korea Only
30th Exam ‘13.02.12(Tue)9:00 ~ 02.25(Mon)18:00 · Korea : Online application, group application
· Overseas : Apply through the nation’s affiliated institution
31st Exam ‘13.06.12(Wed)9:00 ~ 06.25(Tue)18:00 · Korea : Online application, group application Korea only
32nd Exam ‘13.08.07(Wed)9:00 ~ 08.20(Tue)18:00 · Korea : Online application, group application
· Overseas : Apply through the nation’s affiliated institution

Test Times(Korean dates)

Difficulty 1st half 2nd half Remarks
Vocabulary.Grammar/Writing Listening/Reading
Beginner 09:30~11:00(90min) 11:30~13:00(90min)
  • Morning(Beginner, Advanced)
  • Afternoon(Intermediate))
Intermediate 14:30~16:00(90min) 16:30~18:00(90min)
Advanced 09:30~11:00(90min) 11:30~13:00(90min)

Result Announcement Dates

Test number 29th Exam 30th Exam 31st Exam 32nd Exam
Announcement date ‘13.02.04(Mon) ‘13.05.30(Thu) ‘13.08.02(Fri) ‘13.12.03(Tue)

Announcement will be at 15:00 on the above dates on the exam website (www.topik.go.kr)

** General information about TOPIK

1. Types of Exam Test

Standard Test of Proficiency In Korean(S-TOPIK: Standard TOPIK)

The former B-TOPIK (Business TOPIK) no longer be adminstered from 2011

2. Exam Levels and Difficulties

– Exam Difficulties: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced

– Exam Levels: 6 Levels (Level 1~6)

Difficulty Elementary Intermediate Advanced
Level 1 2 3 4 5 6
Determination of Level Level is determined according to test result within given difficulty

3. Evaluation Area and Material Distribution

– Evaluation Areas : 4 areas(Vocabulary.Grammar, Writing, Listening, Reading)

– Score Distribution : 100 points per area, 400 total

4. Question Composition

Composition by Area
Section 1st section 2nd section Total
Area Vocabulary/Grammar Writing Listening Reading 4 Areas
Type of questions Multiple Choice Written Answers Multiple Choice Multiple Choice Multiple Choice Multiple Choice / Written Answers
Number of Questions 30 4~6 10 30 30 104~106
Score 100 60 40 100 100 400
Types of Problems

– Multiple Choice (4 Choices)

– Written Answers (Writing)

– Complete Sentence/Paragraph, Writing Sentences/Paragraphs: 4~6 questions

– Short Essay Writing (Elementary: 150~300 letters, Intermediate: 400~600 letters, Advanced: 700~800 letters)

5. Evaluation Content by Level

Level Qualification
Beginner Level
1
  • Able to basic language functions such as introducing oneself, purchasing products, ordering food, and expressing and understanding private and familiar topics.
  • Able to generate simple sentences using a 800-word basic vocabulary and beginner grammar.
  • Able to form and understand potential, everyday language.
Level
2
  • Able to express language functions such as phone calls, asking favors, and using public facilities such as post offices and banks.
  • Able to use a 1500~2000-word vocabulary to understand and express paragraphs involving private and friendly topics.
  • Know how to use language in separate situations – official and unofficial situations.
Intermediate Level
3
  • Having no difficulty in language functions needed in living an everyday life, using various public facilities and maintaining social relationships.
  • Able to understand and express familiar, specific social topics in units of paragraphs.
  • Able to understand and express basic characteristics of colloquial and written English.
Level
4
  • Able to perform functions needed in using public facilities, maintain social relationships and carry out normal functions.
  • Able to understand plain content in the new or newspaper columns.
  • Able to fluently understand and express social and abstract themes.
  • Able to understand and express social and cultural context based on an understanding of widely used idiomatic expressions and representative Korean culture.
Advanced Level
5
  • Able to express language functions needed in research and work in fields of expertise to a certain extent.
  • Able to use language skills in unfamiliar themes such as politics, economics, society and culture.
  • Adequately able to use language in official and unofficial context, and in colloquial and literary context.
Level
6
  • Able to fluently and perfectly express language functions needed in research and work in fields of expertise.
  • Able to use language skills in unfamiliar themes such as politics, economics, society and culture.
  • Has no difficulty in language functions or language expressions to a near-native extent.

6. Pass and Fail Scores

Difficulty Levels Pass Score Fail Score
Beginner Level1 50 or above Lower than 40
Level2 Over 70 Lower than 50
Intermediate Level3 50 or above Lower than 40
Level4 Over 70 Lower than 50
Advanced Level5 50 or above Lower than 40
Level6 Over 70 Lower than 50

합격자 결정 예시초급에 응시하여 어휘·문법 82점, 쓰기 48점, 듣기 76점, 읽기 80점의 성적을 받은 응시자의 합격 등급은? - 전 영역 평균성적 : 71.5점(총점 286점 / 4개 영역)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
	- 과락 점수(1급 40점 미만, 2급 50점미만) : 쓰기48점- 합격등급 : 1급 ※전 영역 평균성적은 71.5점으로 2급 합격점수 이상을 얻었으나, 쓰기영역이 과락점수 기준인 50점 미만이며 40점 이상이므로 1급으로 결정

** Information above came from official site of TOPIK.

You can also “Download previous tests” from http://www.topik.go.kr

I tried to link the page but address is not clear.

go to 정보마당 -> 기출문제 다운로드

[ Go to buy TOPIK books online ]

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: