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About the Examination

Overview of Examination
History
  • 2014.07.20
    Restructured the examination system (from 35th examination to current)
  • 2011~2014.04.20
    National Institute for International Education (NIIED) administered the 21st to 34th examinations
  • 2011.01
    Change of administrator(Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE) → National Institute for International Education (NIIED)administered
  • 1999~2010
    Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE) implemented the 3rd to 20th examinations
  • 1999.02
    Change of administrator(Korea Research Foundation → Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE))
  • 1997~1998
    Korea Research Foundation implemented the 1st to 2nd examinations
Objective of Examination
  • This examination aims to set a right Korean Language learning path for overseas Koreans and foreigners who do not speak Korean as their mother tongue and promote the use of Korean language. The result of evaluation can also be used for local university applications as well as employment purpose.
Eligibility criteria

Overseas Koreans and foreigners who do not speak Korean as their mother tongue

  • Those learning Korean language and those with intentions to apply for local universities.
  • Those with intention to join/work for domestic/overseas Korean companies and public organizations.
  • Koreans who study or graduated overseas.
Validity

Valid for two(2) years after the announcement of examination results

Administrator

National Institute for International Education (NIIED), Ministry of Education.

Usability of examination
  • University admission and academic management of foreign Korean Government Scholars.
  • Local university admission for foreigners and overseas Koreans who have completed 12 years of education abroad.
  • Obtaining working visa for those who want to be employed at Korean companies, and serving as a standard for selecting and managing the employees.
  • Recognizing domestic practitioner license for foreigners with medical doctor qualification.
  • Application for Korean Language Teaching Qualification test (level 2 and 3) and acquisition of certificate.
  • Acquisition of permanent residency right.
  • Application for the issuance of marriage-based immigrant visa.
Examination scheduleTimetable of examination
Timetable of examination
Type Period Area China, etc Korea, Japan Other countries examination hour(minute)
Entry time By Start End Entry time By Start End Entry time By Start End
TOPIK I 1st period listening
reading
By 08:40 09:00 10:40 By 09:20 10:00 11:40 By 09:10 09:30 11:10 100
TOPIK II 1st period listening
writing
By 11:40 12:00 13:50 By 12:20 13:00 14:50 By 12:10 12:30 14:20 110
2nd period reading By 14:10 14:20 15:30 By 15:10 15:20 16:30 By 14:40 14:50 16:00 70

※ China, etc: China(including Hong Kong), Mongolia, Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia

※ The examination hour is based on local time / Candidates can apply for both TOPIK I and TOPIK II.

※ TOPIK I will be carried out during the first slot only

※ TOPIK II in China starts at 13:00.

Details of examination
Level and grade of examination
  • Level of examination: TOPIK I, TOPIK II
  • Evaluation grade: 6 grades(1st to 6th grades)
    The evaluation is based on the total scores earned, and the cut-off scores by grade is as follows:
Evaluation grade
Type TOPIK I TOPIK II
1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade 6th grade
Determination of grade Over 80 scores Over 140 scores Over 120 scores Over 150 scores Over 190 scores Over 230 scores

※ Based on the difficulty level before the 35th examination, TOPIK I is the basic level and TOPIK II is intermediate/advanced level.

Structure of questions

1) Structure by difficulty level

Structure by difficulty level
Examination level slot area/examination hour type number of questions scoring total scores
TOPIK I 1st slot listening(40 minute) multiple-choice question 30 100 200
reading(60 minute) multiple-choice question 40 100
TOPIKII 1st slot listening(60 minute) multiple-choice question 50 100 300
writing(50 minute) short-answer question 4 100
2nd slot reading(70 minute) multiple-choice question 50 100

2) Type of questions

  • Multiple-choice question(selecting 1 answer among the 4 choices).
  • Short-answer question(writing part).
    • · Sentence completion type(short-answer): 2 questions
    • · Essay type (1 descriptive essay ranging from 200-300 words for intermediate level, and 1 argumentative essay ranging from 600-700 words for advanced level.
Evaluation of writing part
Evaluation of writing part
Questions Evaluation Category Evaluation Details
51-52 Content and task execution
  • Are the written contents suitable for the presented task?
Use of language
  • Are the vocabulary, words, etc., correct?
53-54 Content and task execution
  • Has the given task been performed adequately?
  • Is the related writing rich in content and being constructed in a diversified way?
Development structure
  • Is the wring structure clear, logistic, and conveying the key idea well?
  • Was the discourse cover used properly which is helpful for the development of logic?
Use of language
  • Were the vocabulary, grammar, etc., used correctly and in a diversified way?
  • Does the writing suit the purpose and function according to formalities?
Type of examination paper : 2 types(type A, type B)
Type of examination paper : 2 types(type A, type B)
Type A Type B Type
Region of implementation Americas, Europe, Africa Asia/Oceania
Day of implementation Saturday Sunday
Evaluation standard by grade
Evaluation standard by grade
Examination Level Grade Evaluation Criteria
TOPIK I 1st grade Able to carry out basic conversations related to daily surviving skills such as self-introduction, purchasing, ordering food, etc., and 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 about 800 basic vocabulary and possess understanding of basic grammar. Albe to understand and compose simple and usefulsentences related to everyday life.
2nd grade Able to carry out simple conversations related to daily routines such as making phone calls and asking favour, as well as using 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 depends on the situation.
TOPIK II 3rd grade Able to perform basic linguistic functions necessary to use various public facilities and maintain social relationship, not experiencing significant difficulty in routine life.
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 himself/herself, as well as specific subjects, based on paragraph. Able to understand and use the speaking language and spoken language based on their distinctive basic characteristics
4th grade Perform linguistic function necessary to use various public facilities and maintain social relationship, and carry out the function to some degree which is necessary for the performance of ordinary works.
Able to use various public facilities, socialize, and carry out some degree of ordinary work.
Able to understand easy parts in news broadcasts, newspapers, and 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.
5th grade 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.
6th grade 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.
Experience no difficulty in performing the functions or conveying the meaning, although the proficiency has not reached full native speaker proficiency.
Announcement of examination results
Announcement of examination results & issuance of score report

1 Date of announcement of examination results

Date of announcement of examination results

Number of times of examination 38th 39th 40th 41st 42nd 43nd
Date of announcement of examination results February 13
(Friday), 2015
May 6
(Wednesday), 2015
June 16
(Tuesday), 2015
August 14
(Friday), 2015
November 27
(Friday), 2015
December 30
(Wed), 2015
  • ※ Examination result announcement time is 15:00
  • ※ The date of announcement of examination results is subject to change, depending on the circumstances.

2 How to check the examination results

Log on to the website(www.topik.go.kr) to check the results and status of sent score report. 
※ Number of times of examination, candidate seat number, and date of birth are needed to check the examination results at the website.
※ Overseas candidates can check the examination results at the website(www.topik.go.kr).

3 Issuance of score report

With the exception of fraud, regardless of whether the pass-fail, and issued to all Candidates

4 How to be issued the score report

  • ※ Issuance through the internet
    • Score report can be issued online by using the score report issuance menu at TOPIK website(printable on the day of results announcement)
  • ※ Receipt by mail
    • The score report will be sent three(3) days after the examination results announcement for Korean candidates.
    • The receipt is not guaranteed because the score report is sent via ordinary mail.
    • Score report which is returned or has incorrect address will not be resent(receivable by visit within 3 months)

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