TOPIK Schedule and Info (한국어능력시험)

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2014 TOPIK Test Schedule

Test #Registration DatesTest DateResultsLocation
33rd2013.12.05 (목) ~ 12.18 (수) 18:002014.01.19 (일)2014.02.10 (월)Korea
34th2014.02.11 (화) ~ 02.24 (월) 18:002014.04.19/20 (토/일)2014.05.30 (금)Korea/Abroad
35th2014.06.09 (월) ~ 06.18 (수) 18:002014.07.20 (일)2014.08.05 (화)Korea
36th2014.08.16 (토) ~ 08.25 (월) 18:002014.10.11/12 (토/일)2014.11.10 (월)Korea/Abroad
37th2014.10.15 (수) ~ 10.24 (금) 18:002014.11.23 (일)2014.12.10 (수)Korea

**NOTE: Tests marked in red will follow the NEW TOPIK Test Format

  1. How to Register for the TOPIK
  2. What to Prepare and Expect on the Test Date

What is the TOPIK?

TOPIK: Test of Proficiency in the Korean Language (한국어능력시험)

TOPIK before July 2014

  • Beginner (초급), Intermediate (중급), Advanced Levels (고급)
  • Vocabulary/Grammar (어휘/문법) = 30 Q
  • Writing (쓰기) = 4/6 Free writing + 10 Choice Q
  • Listening (듣기) = 30 Q
  • Reading (읽기) = 30 Q
  • Beginner Essays: 150-300 characters
  • Intermediate Essays: 400-600 characters
  • Advanced Essays: 700-800 characters

TOPIK after July 2014

  • 2 Levels (TOPIK I (초급 1-2), TOPIK II (중/고급 3-6))
  • TOPIK II combines Intermediate and Advanced Levels (3-6)
  • TOPIK I tests only Reading (40 Q) + Listening (30 Q)
  • TOPIK II is Reading (50 Q) + Listening (50 Q) + Writing (4 Q)
  • TOPIK II Essay 1: 200-300 characters
  • TOPIK II Essay 2: 600-700 characters

Why take TOPIK?

Aside from the obvious reason “to see how good I am at Korean”, there are also these additional benefits to taking the TOPIK:

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Points for F-2-7 Visa (Permanent Resident) 10 points 12 points 14 points 16 points 18 points 20 points
Additional benefits (including all previous benefits)
  • University admission
  • Possible grad school admission (Level 4 recommended)
  • Government invitation as a foreign student
  • Possible work Visa in a Korean company
  • Scholarship consideration
  • Domestic doctor’s license
  • Korean teacher’s license
  • Beginning translation work
  • Anything your heart desires~
  • CEO of a major company
  • Fame & fortune on TV

Download Korean PDF about the F-2-7 Visa Point System from HiKorean.go.kr (updated 04.17.2013)

Resources

  1. How to Register for the TOPIK Test
  2. What to Prepare and Expect on the TOPIK Test Date
  3. Korean PDF about the F-2-7 Visa Point System
  4. Overview of TOPIK Levels, Benefits, and Required Knowledge