TOPIK: Test of Proficiency in Korean – Test Your Level Online!

topikI love taking language proficiency tests. I don’t have to take them but I enjoy seeing how far I have come with studying a language. Next year, I am planning on taking the “Test of Proficiency in Korean”, short TOPIK, for beginners.

As you might recall from previous posts, I started studying Korean this year – at home. Since I live in China, there are only Korean courses taught in Chinese available and I don’t feel ready to do it. Instead, I decided to study Korean by myself at home with various tools.

Tests 2014

You can take the TOPIK tests all over the world on different days in 2015. TOPIK test is conducted 5 times in a year inside Korea (January, April, July, October, and November) and twice a year overseas (April and October).

Make sure to register early in order to be able to take the test!


Exam Test Date Registration Date Results Remarks
38thTOPIK January 18, 2015 2014.12.08 – 2014.12.17 February 13 In Korea Only
39thTOPIK March 21-22, 2015 2015.01.26 – 2015.02.04 May 06 Korea + Overseas
40thTOPIK April 25-26, 2015 2015.02.16 – 2015.02.25 June 16 Korea + Overseas
41stTOPIK July 19, 2015 2015.06.08 – 2015.06.17 August 14 In Korea Only
42ndTOPIK October 17-18, 2015 2015.08.03 – 2015.08.12 November 27 Korea + Overseas
43rdTOPIK November 14-15, 2015 2015.09.14 – 2015.09.23 December 30 Korea + Overseas

**Registration dates may vary country to country. Please check with your country’s affiliated institution or contact local Korean embassy.

Why Take It?

A TOPIK test is to propagate and set direction for learning Korean for non-natives and overseas Koreans. You will be able to measure and evaluate your Korean language skills and utilize the results for colleges or jobs in Korea.

TOPIK tests are administered by the National Institute for International Education (NIIED), which operates directly under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. It is responsible for the general management of the test, such as supervising institutions administering the test in domestic and overseas locations. TOPIK certificates are accredited globally and are valid for 2 years!

Everybody who speaks Korean as a second language can take a TOPIK test.

How to Register?

If you are in Korea, you can register for the test online on The registration fee is KRW40000 which can be paid through debit/credit card, online banking or direct bank transfer.

If you are outside of Korea, check this table to see where the nearest TOPIK exam is held in your country! –> TABLE

Since I am in China, I will take the test in Changsha. If you are in China and decide to take the test, check

Test Structure

What I really like about the TOPIK tests is their structure: there are two levels – TOPIK-I and TOPIK-II. TOPIK-I, i.e. the beginner level, has two sublevels – 1 & 2 while TOPIK-II, i.e. Intermediate-Advanced level,has 4 sublevels – 3, 4, 5 & 6. Test takers get a level between 1 and 6 based on their total score in the test. That means you basically can’t fail a test since the score makes the level!



If you pass the test, you will be issued a formal certificate with one of six possible grades: low beginner (level 1), high beginner (level 2), low intermediate (level 3), high intermediate (level 4), low advanced (level 5), and high advanced (level 6).

  • Levels 1 and 2 – Beginner Level
  • Levels 3 and 4 – Intermediate Level
  • Levels 5 and 6 – Advanced Level

TOPIK-I (Level 1-2) has just two sections – Reading and Listening. TOPIK II (Level 3-6), which is the combined Intermediate-Advanced test has 3 sections – Reading, Listening and Writing.

You can reach a total of 100 points in each section with a possible total of 200 points for the Beginner and 300 points for Intermediate-Advanced level. The test includes composition, listening and multiple choice sections.

The test consists of two 90-minute sessions with a 30-minute break in between.  The first session tests vocabulary & grammar, and writing, and the second session tests listening and reading.

If you aren’t sure what level you should take, check out this mock test to determine your current level! 

For detailed information please check

Useful Tools for Studying

TOPIK Prep Guide

Even though there are specific study books for TOPIK tests, I recommend finishing a basic Korean textbook first to get the basics down. Check out this post where I talk about my favorite Korean textbook I bought in Korea!

Practice the vocabulary very well! I found a great resource for TOPIK beginner vocabulary on Memrise! It helps me to get down all the necessary vocabulary I need to know! It’s easy and reminds me when I need to repeat!

If you practiced a little bit of vocabulary and you finished most of your Korean textbook, make sure you start with specific TOPIK practicing. I am using a book I bought in Korea for the beginner exam. It’s called “Complete Guide to the TOPIK”.

Get Ready!

Have you decided to take the TOPIK? That’s awesome! Stay determined and create a study plan to reach your goal! GOOD LUCK! 화이팅!


3 thoughts on “TOPIK: Test of Proficiency in Korean – Test Your Level Online!

  1. I really really hate tests/ exams. Just reading about it or hearing it gives the shivers! I think I suffered too much from test during my school time 🙂

    Anyways, congratulations on managing to study on your own. It can be more challenging as you do not have a teacher person to set the pace and no other students to measure your success with 🙂

      • Well, I also self study chinese on my own for over 1 1/2 years now. The courses were too expensive in Finland and here they offer only an introduction course. Sure I could travel to Hamburg five times a week in the evening after work, but not only would I travel nearly an hour per way but it costs also too much then 😦

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