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Foreigners, Korean residents abroad, or overseas residents with Korean language as a second language.

Types of the Test

Types of the test : Standard TOPIK, S-TOPIK
Level of the test : Beginners Level(Level 1~2), Medium Level(Level 3~4), High Level(Level 5~6)

Assessment Area and Grades Distribution

Area Vocabulary
Writing Listening Reading Total
Type Multiple Choice Short Answer Multiple Choice Multiple Choice Multiple Choice Multiple choice and short answer
Number of Questions 30 4~6 10 30 30 104~106
Grade 100 60 40 100 100 100

Test Duration

Test Level Period Subject Korea, Japan China, etc Other countries
Beginners/High Level 1st period Vocabulary Grammar/Writing 09:30~11:00 (90분) 08:30~10:00 (90분) 09:30~11:00 (90분)
2nd period Listening/Reading 11:30~13:00 (90분) 10:30~12:00 (90분) 11:30~13:00 (90분)
Medium Level 1st period Vocabulary Grammar/Writing 14:30~16:00 (90분) 13:30~15:00 (90분) 14:30~16:00 (90분)
2nd period Listening/Reading 16:30~18:00 (90분) 15:30~17:00 (90분) 16:30~18:00 (90분)

※ China, etc. : China(including Hong Kong), Mongolia, Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, Brunei

※ Beginners and Medium, or Medium and High Level can be applied at the same time.

Decision on Qualified Applicants

Test Level Assessment Level Passing Grade Failing Grade
Beginners 1st Level 50 points or higher Less than 40 points
2nd Level Over 72 points Less than 50 points
Medium 3rd Level 50 points or higher Less than 40 points
4th Level Over 72 points Less than 50 points
High 5th Level 50 points or higher Less than 40 points
6th Level Over 72 points Less than 50 points

※ Qualification criteria: There shall be no failing grade in all 4 assessment areas, and the average of all areas shall correspond to passing grade.

TOPIK schedule in 2012

Test Schedules
Test No. Application Reception
(Based on the dates in Korea)
Test Day Qualifiers Announcement
No. 25 (Jan.) 2011.12.10∼12.23 2012. 1.29 2012. 2.10
No. 26 (Apr.) 2012.2.1∼2.14 2012. 4.14∼4.15 2012. 2.10
No. 27 (Jul.) 2012.6.12∼6.25 2012. 7.22 2012. 2.10
No. 28 (Oct.) 2012.8.7∼8.20 2012.10.27∼10.28 2012. 2.10

※ The application reception period and test days are different according to time difference and circumstances in each country, so please enquire the test agency in the corresponding country.

Countries for each test
No. Test Day Number of Countries Countries
25 1.29(Sun) 1 country Korea (in Korea)
26 4.14(Sat) 17 countries U.S, Germany, Canada(Toronto, Vancouver), Britain, Paraguay, France, Turkey, Czech, Egypt, Italia(Milano), Spain(Las Palmas), Bulgaria, Dominica, Mexico, Kenya, Chile, Venezuela
4.15(Sun) 21 countries Korea, China(including Hong Kong), Japan, U.S(Guam · Saipan), Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Russia(Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Sakhalin, Saint Petersburg, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk), Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore, Bangladesh, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates(Abu Dhabi)
27 7.22(Sat) 1 country Korea (in Korea)
28 10.27(Sat) 13 countries Armenia, Hungary, Ukraine, Italia(Rome), Spain(Barcelona, Madrid), Canada(Ottawa), Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Portugal, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Venezuela
10.28(Sun) 24 countries Korea, China(including Hong Kong), Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Russia(Moscow, Sakha, Vladivostok, Saint Petersburg, Novograd, Rostovnadonu), Australia

※ For detail information, please check the homepage(www.topik.go.kr)

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