What is TOPIK?
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.
Purpose of Exam
To propagate and set direction for learning Korean for non-native Korean speakers and overseas Koreans.
To measure and evaluate their Korean language skills and utilize the results for admission to Korean colleges and job-seeking
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
Who administers the TOPIK Test?
National Institute for International Education (NIIED), which operates directly under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, is responsible for the general management of the test, such as supervising institutions administering the test in domestic and overseas locations.
For whom is the TOPIK intended?
This comprehensive test is intended for non-native speakers of Korean, such as Korean language learners, international students who want to study in Korea as well as individuals who would like to work in Korean companies and public institutions.
The test also serves as an excellent opportunity to receive formal certification for those who expect to use Korean in their careers. Students of Korean who take the test will also learn which aspects of the language they need to concentrate on in future study.