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Korean Language Test

Here’re the details about Korean Language Test: Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) and Korean Language Proficiency Test (KLPT). Starting in 2005, based on the Employment Permit System, the Korean Proficiency Test has become an obligatory standard in employing foreign workers. For those with a good knowledge of Korean language, taking a TOPIK or KLPT qualification will lead to more education and career opportunities in Korea.

Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK)

Test of Proficiency in Korean or TOPIK (한국어능력시험) takes place four times a year (Jan, Apr, Jul, and Sept) for foreigners residing in Korea and twice a year (Apr and Sept) to people studying Korean in other countries.

Administered by the National Institute for International Education (NIIED), the test was first held by Korean Research Foundation in 1997 and taken by 2274 people. In 2012, there are more than 150000 candidates took the TOPIK test, and the total number of people who have taken the test since its date of inception exceeded 1 million.

TOPIK offers two types of tests: S-TOPIK (Standard Korean) and B-TOPIK (Business Korean). Each is evaluated in four main sections including vocabulary & grammar, writing, listening and reading. The scores in each section (out of 100) are added together to give a score out of 400. At present, there is no oral section.

S-TOPIK is made up mostly of multiple questions and a composition that total up more than 100 questions which should be completed within 90 minutes. The test has three different levels: Beginner (초급), Intermediate (중급), and Advanced (고급). The level of proficiency is divided into six grades. 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. B-TOPIK which focuses on practical Korean is made up of 120 questions and given 90 minutes also.

Applicant Qualification

Overseas Koreans and foreigners for whom Korean is a second language and who:

– Aim to learn the language and enter in-Korea universities.
– Seek jobs in companies and public institutions in Korea and overseas.
– Reside overseas or are attending/graduated from a foreign school.

TOPIK Test Dates

TOPIK Test Dates differ in different areas because of time zones.



The Americas/Europe /Africa



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Second Half Year









*The above test dates are subject to change according to the area or affiliate institution’s circumstances.

Korean Language Proficiency Test (KLPT)

Korean Language Proficiency Test or KLPT (세계한국말인증시험) takes place four times a year, usually on the fourth Sunday of Jan, Apr, Jul, and Oct. The goal of the test is to determine whether the candidate is capable enough to live in Korea, work as an employee at a Korean company.

KLPT also offers two types of tests: KLPT and B-KLPT (Beginners’ KLPT). The KLPT focuses more on practical communication skills needed to live in Korea. It is made up of listening, vocabulary, grammar and reading and conversation. Total score for KLPT is 500 and should be done in 110 minutes.

The B-KLPT is especially targeted toward examinees who have studied Korean for 150-200 hours. This is largely made up of listening section with photographs and conversations and reading section with vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension and other practical information. It is 50 questions in total that should be completed in 90 minutes and its total score is 200.


Both Korean Language Tests are suitable for those seeking work or study opportunities in Korea. TOPIK can be viewed as more scholarly in nature, appropriate for academic goals while KLPT on the other hand is better for those seeking actual jobs in Korean-speaking businesses. This is because the former is managed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology while the latter, the Ministry of Justice in charge of immigration to Korea. Also, passing level 3 (out of 6) of the TOPIK is necessary for those wishing to obtain an F-5 visa if they are not married to a Korean citizen. Both TOPIK and KLPT accept online applications. You can also download sample tests from the related website.

(Test of Proficiency in Korean)
(Korean Language Proficiency Test)


Ministry of Education, Science and Technology

Organs in charge: Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (until 2010) National Institute for International Education (from 2011)

Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Labor


Academic purposes particularly for students to enter Korean graduate school Employment purposes particularly for non-native Korean speakers


Vocabulary & grammar, writing, listening and reading Listening, vocabulary, reading, grammar and conversation

Type of test

Total 400 points(100 points from each section)
3 levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Classified: 1-6
100 questions, full score: 500
EPS-KLT: Specialized for migrant workers to Korea by Ministry of Labor
Basic-KLPT: Basic grammar, vocabulary
KLPT: For foreign students to Korea, etc


Korean language learners
International students who wish to study in Korea
Jobseekers who wish to work in domestic and overseas-based Korean companies and public institutions
Those who wish to work in Korea, to be able to carry out daily life in Korean, to communicate in their work and advance their careers.

Examination Center

181 centers located in 54 countries (in 2012) Find out the full list on the official website at :

1. PBT (Paper based test)

Centers located in 66 cities across 29 countries (as of December 2010) Please visit the official website to find out more details and examination center locations inside and out of Korea at:

2. CBT (Computer based test)

Please visit the official website to find out more about the CBT registration at:

Registration Date

Visit the official website to find out more information:

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Registration Fee

Registration fee varies by country 40,000 원