If you’re learning or interested in pursuing Korean course, you might be aware of Korean language proficiency test in India. In this article, you’ll find all the details about Korean TOPIK exam in India, centres, fees and why you should take the official Korean exam recognized and accepted all over the world.
What is Korean Language Proficiency Test (TOPIK)?
Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) is designed for non-native Korean speakers as a way of certifying their knowledge in the Korean language. It is currently being offered 6 times a year to people studying the Korean language in Korea and twice annually to people in other countries including India. The test measures your proficiency through listening comprehension, writing, and reading in the language.
Recognition and Acceptance
Founded in 1997 by the Korea Research Foundation, TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) is designed and administered by the National Institute for International Education – NIIED, an executive entity under the Korean Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea. (국립국제교육원.)
TOPIK is the most widely-recognized Korean language proficiency certification and accepted worldwide by public and private educational institutions, governments and corporations.
What is the difference between TOPIK, EPS-TOPIK & KLPT?
TOPIK is a general Korean test for those who want to study or work or immigrate to Korea. EPS-TOPIK is Employment Permit System – Test of Proficiency in Korean. EPS TOPIK is needed by those who want to work in Korea as EPS workers (for factory jobs or in manufacturing industry).
As per EPS TOPIK 2019, exam is conducted only once a year in 16 countries and age limit is 18 to 39. There is no EPS TOPIK test centre in India. The exam consists of only the basic listening and reading tests which is required for day to day activity and the Korean skills needed in performing tasks at work.
KLAT, Korean Language Ability Test, is operated by Korea Educational Testing Service authorized by the Korean government (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism). It is based on CEFR, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, assessing the authentic proficiency of Korean language.
Unlike TOPIK, there is only one paper for KLPT. All applicants take the same paper, and your grade/level is determined by the score you get. There are 4 levels, namely KLAT Novice / Beginners KLAT i.e. B-KLAT (grade 1 to 2), KLAT Intermediate (grade 3 to 4), and KLAT Advanced (grade 5 to 6). TOPIK seems to be more recognized, accepted and appropriate for academic goals.
Importance and Benefits of the TOPIK Korean Language Test
The Korean proficiency test is important and beneficial as well for obvious reasons. They can be proof of competence for job applications and advanced studies in Korea. You can demonstrate your level of Korean proficiency by passing the language test TOPIK. Since these certifications give job seekers and employees a competitive advantage. Thus, It is a great asset to include on your resume.
A documentary proof of Korean language test certificate added to other requirements will put you on your way to a smooth interview process. The test result will somehow restrict the interviewer on the types of questions you are supposed to answer. Instead of asking you about things like “what is an umbrella called in Korean,” it is most likely that you would instead be asked “what level did you attain in TOPIK? This is as a result of your Korean language test certification included in your qualifications.
Planning to study in Korea? The Government of South Korea offers KGSP (Korean Government Scholarship Program) to meritorious students to promote international exchange in education as well as mutual friendship amongst participating countries. TOPIK certifications is a prerequisite for such scholarship. In addition, These diplomas and certifications are recognised and accepted by Korean universities and institutions for undergraduate entry as well as for postgraduate entry.
TOPIK is important if you are planning to apply for permanent residency or looking for working visa in South Korea. It is useful in the ‘Korea Immigration and Integration Program’ (KIIP) operated by the Ministry of Justice. The KIIP program consists of two halves: Korean language training and Understanding Korean Society.
There are few more advantages like boosting one’s confidence, travelling to Korea, and of course confirmation of your Korean proficiency level. This can translate into developing your personality at a career and social transitioning level.
TOPIK Exam Structure (Pass Mark)
TOPIK has 3 different categories of testing namely; beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels. There are total 6 levels. TOPIK I is the basic level test containing two sublevels grades (Level 1 and Level 2), while TOPIK II is the combined intermediate / advanced level with four sublevels (Level 3, Level 4, Level 5, and Level 6).
TOPIK and EPS-TOPIK results are valid for two (2) years from the time of test result announcements. I’d understand if the validity were longer, like 5-10 years but 2 years is quite less. I have studied Japanese for more than an year and learnt over 500 Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Today, i might not remember even 200. It is because if one does not practice and read enough, one will forget most in a couple of years. I’m sure there must be some genuine reason for 2 year validity!
TOPIK Test Centres in India
As of September, 2018 – There are 43 test centres in Korea and 223 overseas centres in the rest of the world. There are 270 TOPIK exam centres in 75 countries in total. The 63rd and 66th TOPIK Exam in India will be held in 4 domestic locations namely Delhi, Chennai, Jharkhand and Manipur. The TOPIK Exam centres in India are not permanent.
Address : Centre for Far East Languages, Room No 29, Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi.
Contact : +91 8797811727 / 8800256914, Email : [email protected] / [email protected]
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For more information regarding TOPIK Exam in India, you can contact Korean Culture Centre, New Delhi.
TOPIK Exam 2019 in India
TOPIK exam is held twice in India. Once in the month of April and other in the month of October.
The 63rd TOPIK examination will be held on 21st April, 2019 (Sun). The registration period is 24th January, 2019 to 31st January, 2019. Results will be declared on 30th May, 2019. The 66th TOPIK Test will be conducted on 20th October, 2019 (Sunday). The registration period is 06th August, 2019 to 12th August, 2019. Results will be declared on 28th November, 2019.
TOPIK Exam Fees in India
The fees for the exam will depend on the level that you sign up for and the country in which you decide to do it. For 2019 63rd and 66th TOPIK Korean Language Proficiency Test in India, Fees are ₹ 800 (TOPIK 1), ₹ 1,000 (TOPIK 2).
This article will be updated from time to time as per new announcement. Check the respective centre and Korean Cultural Centre for more information.