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About the Test

Overview of Test    
  • 2014.07.20
    Changed test format (from 35th TOPIK)
  • 2011
    Administered by National Institute for International Education since 2011
  • 1999 ~ 2010
    Administered by Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE)
  • 1997 ~ 1998
    Administered by Korea Research Foundation
Objectives of TOPIK
  • TOPIK aims to set a Korean language learning path for those who do not speak Korean as their native tongue, and to promote the  Korean language by officially evaluating their Korean Language proficiency.
Test Results

TOPIK results are valid for two(2) years from the time of test result announcement.


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

Major Use of Test Results
  • serving as admission and graduation standard for universities in Korea.
  • applying for companies and public institutions in Korea and abroad.
  • obtaining Visa for qualifications of permanent residency and employment, etc.
  • taking courses under Global Korean Scholarship(GKS) Program.
  • serving as substitute credits and requirements of graduation for Korean majors in overseas universities.
Test Details  
Type and Level
  • Test Type(level): TOPIK I(novice), TOPIK II(intermediate and advanced)
  • Level: Level 1 ~ Level 6(from basic to advanced)
    The level is determined by the total scores achieved in the respective test type, and range of total scores for each level is  as follows:
Evaluation grade
Level Fail Level 1 Level 2 Fail Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6

Score Range (ponits)

0 ~ 79 80 ~ 139 140 ~ 200 0 ~ 119 120 ~ 149 150 ~ 189 190 ~ 229 230 ~ 300


Testing Sections Breakdown
Structure by difficulty level
Test type Test period Test section (duration) Test item type Number of test item Range of score Total score
TOPIK I 1st Listening(40mins) Multiple-choice 30 0~100 0~200
Reading(60mins) Multiple-choice 40 0~100
TOPIKII 1st Listening(60mins) Multiple-choice 50 0~100 0~300
Writing(50mins) Supply type 4 0~100
2nd Reading(70mins) Multiple-choice 50 0~100

※Test Item Type Description

  • Multiple-choice : Selecting 1 answer among the 4 choices.
  • Supply type question(writing part)
    • · Sentence completion type : 2 questions total
    • · Essay type
        - I descriptive essay ranging from 200-300 letters (including spaces) for intermediate level.  
        - I argumentative essay ranging from 600-700 letters(including spaces) for advanced level.
Evaluation of Written Test Items
Evaluation of Written Test Items
Questions Evaluation Category Evaluation Details
Sentence completion
(2 test items)
Content and Task Achievement
  • Is the response accurately comprehensible?
  • Is the response appropriate to the requirements of the task?
Language Use
  • Does the response reflect correct use of vocabulary and grammar?
(1 test item)
Content and Task Achievement
  • Is the reponse appropriate to requirements of the task?
  • Is the response relevant to the topic?
  • Does the response elaborate the topic and task in a detailed and meaningful way?
Coherence and Cohesion
  • Does the response demonstrate clear and logical structure?
  • How organized is the response?
  • Does the response include the use of appropriate written devices to ensure coherent, cohesive progress and logical connection of the presented ideas?
Language Use
  • Does the response demonstrate appropriate syntactic and lexical variety?
  • Does the response reflect an accurate use of vocabulary choice and grammar?
  • Does the response use the right register in accordance with purpose and function of the task?
Linguistic Competence for Each TOPIK Level
Linguistic Compentence for Each TOPIK Level
Test Type Level Linguistic Competence
TOPIK I Level 1
  • 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 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.
Level 2
  • 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, respective to the situation.
TOPIK II Level 3
  • 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.
Level 4
  • 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.
Level 5
  • 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.
Level 6
  • 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.
Announcement of Test Results
Test Results Announcement Timeline 

Test Results Announcement Timeline for 2020

Testing Dates

January 12

, 2020

May 23~24

, 2020

July 11~12

, 2020

August 23

, 2020

October 17~18

, 2020

November 14~15

, 2020

Result Announcement Dates

February 5

, 2020

June 30

, 2020

August 20

, 2020

September 29

, 2020

November 26

, 2020

 December 24

, 2020

  • ※ Announcement occur at 15:00 Korean time on the stated day above.

How to check test results and Issue the Test Score Report

  • The test results cannot be issued in the event of cheating, leaving the testing room during test and invalid identification card on the test day.