All about TOPIK – Korean Language Test

Lee Sooyeon

                   As many of you know, TOPIK, Test of Proficiency in Korean, is a written test designed to measure the ability of non-native speakers for expression and comprehension in the Korean language. TOPIK test measures proficiency in reading, writing, and listening comprehension in the Korean language.  The test has three different levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Further accuracy is expressed through six grades, two matched to each level to evaluate proficiency.

Applicant Qualifications are:

  • Overseas Koreans and foreigners for whom Korean is a second language and who:
  • Aim to learn the language and enter a Korea university for higher studies
  • Seek jobs in companies and public institutions in Korea and overseas
  • Reside overseas or are attending/graduated from a foreign school

Furthermore, you can find Test Schedules and details on:

             Here are some TOPIC studying tips from You can also find more details by subscribing Topic Guide articles on

  1. Self-study is the key to success in TOPIK.

No book or tutor will guarantee you success unless you self-study really well. You just need to have all the previous TOPIK papers and answer sheets, analyze the question patterns, prepare vocabulary and grammar lists and start studying. If you find it difficult and time consuming to do question pattern analysis and organize all the study material yourself, you can just grab TOPIK GUIDE Self-Study Package which provides you everything well organized in respective folders.

2. Download Past TOPIK Papers

The first step to start studying for TOPIK should be to Download Previous TOPIK papers (at least last 5 sets) including listening audio files. They are your books; they are your teachers. Just practice solving them while taking notes about your weak points in grammar and vocabulary. You can also practice by taking TOPIK Mock Tests online.

3. Analyze the Papers

Sit back and analyze the papers to understand the question pattern of different sections. If you have purchased TOPIK GUIDE Self-Study Package, watch all the video tutorials to understand the TOPIK test patter

4. Get deep into the Test structure

Try to find what skills they are trying to test, where and how they are trying to test your understanding of some Korean grammar patterns with tricky questions, what kinds of vocabulary and grammar patterns they are repeating again and again etc.

5. Assess where you stand

No book or teacher can know your level, your strong and weak points better than you. So, the next step is to analyze your strengths and weaknesses and the best way to do it is solving the TOPIK papers.

6. Solve TOPIK Papers

Take a set of TOPIK papers and start solving it. Take a watch with you and set alarm exactly same as in real test. Solve all the sections of the paper – Reading, Listening and Writing (only if taking TOPIK II). Don’t give up when you are not able to answer a few questions in a row. Keep solving the paper till the very last question with patience.

7. Find your weak points

Now check your answers. Analyze and make a list of grammar patterns you knew but you found them confusing or complicated when solving the paper.  Make note of what kind of vocabulary you need to work upon. If you are preparing for TOPIK II and have purchased TOPIK GUIDE Study Package, send us your essay for evaluation. We will get it checked by experts and will give you detailed feedback for improvement.

8. Always solve papers in a Mock Test manner

Never try to solve the papers casually like 10 questions at a time and next 10 after having a cup of coffee. Even if you solve only one section of the paper at a time, do it in real test-like environment, following the given time limit. You will feel at ease in the examination hall if you have already taken a few Mock TOPIK tests at home.

9. Never Pause or Repeat Listening audio

You may feel tempted to pause the audio or rewind it when you don’t understand a dialogue. Never do it. Make the best guess and answer the question. Once you have finished solving the paper you can listen to it again and again while checking your answers and correcting mistakes.

10. Make a list of Grammar Pattern and Vocabulary

After you solve a TOPIK paper set, make a list of grammar patterns and vocabulary that you don’t know or that you think you know but may forget after some time. Then refer to your Korean language textbooks or Grammar and Vocabulary books from TOPIK GUIDE Self-Study Package if you have it. Write meanings and explanations of those grammar patterns and words in a notebook. It will be very useful for the last moment study and revision a day or two before the test.

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