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TOPIK

  • Test of Proficiency in Korean
  • 한국어 능력 시험
Test purpose
  • Providing Korean language learning directions for overseas Koreans or foreigners who do not speak Korean as their first language and expanding the spread of Korean language
  • Measuring and evaluating Korean language proficiency and using the results to study at Korean universities and employment in Korean companies
To whom
  • Overseas Koreans and foreigners who do not speak Korean as their native language
  • Applicants to domestic and overseas Korean companies and public institutions
  • Overseas Koreans who attend or graduate from a foreign school
Validity
2 years from the date of test results
Use of examination
  • Admission and bachelor's management for foreign scholars invited by the government
  • Admission to Korean universities and graduate schools with overseas Koreans who have completed 12 years of foreign education
  • Acquisition, selection, and personnel criteria for employment Candidates for Korean Companies
  • Recognition of domestic license of foreign doctor
  • Korean Language Teacher Qualification Examination for foreigners (National Institute of Korea)
  • Acquisition of permanent residency
  • Application for marriage immigrant visa
  • Recognition as completion of social Integration program curriculum (assignment according to TOPIK level)
Test type
  • 2 test types: TOPIK I, TOPIK II
  • Level: Level 1~ Level 6
  • The score will be determined based on the total score earned by the candidate.
Type TOPIK I TOPIK II
Level Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Beginner Middle Advanced
Score 80 ~ 139 140 ~ 200 120 ~ 149 150 ~ 189 190 ~ 229 230 ~ 300
Testing Sections Breakdown
Type Test periodSection (duration) Type Number of test item Score Total score
TOPIK I 1st Listening (40 mins) Multiple-choice 30 0~100 200
Reading (60 mins) Multiple-choice 40 0~100
TOPIK II 1st Listening (60 mins) Multiple-choice 50 0~100 300
Writings (50 mins) Supply type 4 0~100
2nd Reading (70 mins) Multiple-choice 50 0~100
Linguistic Competence for Each TOPIK Level

Linguistic Competence

  • Able to carry out basic conversations related to daily surviving skills such as self-introduction, purchasing, ordering food, etc.
  • Able to understand the contents related to very personal and familiar subjects such as himself/herself, family, hobby, weather and the like.
  • Able to create simple sentences based on a basic vocabulary of approximately 800 words and possess  understanding of basic grammar.
  • Able to understand and compose simple and useful sentences related to everyday life.

Linguistic Competence

  • Able to carry out simple conversations related to daily routines such as making phone calls and asking favour.
  • Able to use public facilities in daily life.
  • Able to use about 1,500 to 2,000 vocabulary and understand personal and familiar subjects in certain order, such as paragraphing.
  • Able to use formal expression and informal expression accordingly, respective to the situation.

Linguistic Competence

  • Able to carry out daily routine, with fair use of public facilities and able to socialize without significant difficulty.
  • Able to express or understand social subjects familiar to oneself, as well as specific subjects, based on paragraph.
  • Able to understand and differentiate written language and spoken language based on their distinctive basic characteristics.

Linguistic Competence

  • Able to use various public facilities, socialize, and carry out some degree of ordinary work.
  • Able to understand easy parts in news broadcasts and newspapers.
  • Able to understand and use the expressions related to social and abstract subjects relatively correctly and fluently.
  • Able to understand social and cultural subjects, based on the understanding of Korean culture and frequently used idiomatic expression.

Linguistic Competence

  • Able to perform linguistic function to some degree which is necessary for research and works in professional fields.
  • Able to understand and use the expressions related to even unfamiliar aspects of politics, economics, society, and culture.
  • Able to use the expression properly, depending on formal, informal, spoken/written context.

Linguistic Competence

  • Able to perform linguistic function necessary to the research and works in professional fields relatively correctly and fluently.
  • Able to understand and use the expressions related to even unfamiliar subjects of politics, economics, society, and culture.
  • Able to experience no difficulty in performing the functions or conveying the meaning, although the proficiency has not reached full native speaker proficiency.

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