TOPIK, or Test of Proficiency in Korean (한국어 능력 시험) is a Korean language proficiency test, now offered 4 times a year to foreign speakers (initially, it was once a year from 1997 to 2006, then twice from 2007 to 2009). TOPIK is administered by the Korea Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation (or 한국교육과정평가원 in Korean).

Test format – the test consists of 4 sections:

  • vocabulary & grammar (어휘 및 문법),
  • writing (쓰기),
  • listening (듣기), and
  • reading (읽기). 

And luckily ^^, there is currently no oral section!!!

Two versions of the test are offered: standard (S)-TOPIK and the business (B)-TOPIK. But, I will explain only the S-TOPIK because it’s more relevant to me.

There are three different levels of S-TOPIK:

  • beginner (초급),
  • intermediate (중급), and
  • advanced (고급).

Depending on the average score and minimum marks in each section it is possible to obtain grades 1-2 in beginner, 3-4 in intermediate and 5-6 in advanced S-TOPIK.

In Cambodia, there is also a certified test center in Phnom Penh. The first test in Cambodia was the 19th (제19회) which took place in Sep 2010, in which around 269 test-takers were registered.

For me, I’m aiming for Level 4 (Intermediate) or higher after my 1-year Korean language course at IIE, KHU. Wish me luck!

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TOPIK

http://www.topik.or.kr/sub05/sub05_2.php?mode=view&number=37812&page=1&b_name=data2

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A World Citizen and Your Friend from Kingdom of Cambodia! Currently calling Seoul his home while pursuing his Korean language course and Master degree of Public Policy. {Single & Taken}

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