How well do you know Korean? You can test your level by appearing for the Korean proficiency test.
Here, you will find everything about the TOPIK exam centers in India, Dates, Fees, Syllabus, and the benefits of official Korean certification.
The ability to speak a new foreign language has many apparent benefits across the spectrum.
From gaining cultural awareness to get your dream language jobs, from an exciting international trip to immigration to a new country, the advantages of languages are endless!
In the age of globalization on the ever-shrinking earth, there are plenty of career options in languages.
If you’re not sure what language you should learn?
Then I’ll make it easy for you—choose Korean!
The benefits of learning Korean is immense and full of job opportunities.
Amongst Far East Asian languages, Korean is not always the first choice. But, maybe it should if we consider growing career prospects after learning Korean.
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What is the Korean Proficiency Test?
Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) is designed for non-native Korean speakers to certify their Korean language knowledge.
It is currently being offered SIX times a year to people studying Korean in Korea and twice annually to people in other countries, including India.
The test measures your Korean proficiency through listening comprehension, writing, and reading.
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.
It is an entity under the Korean Ministry of Education, the Republic of Korea. (국립국제교육원.)
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 an 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 manufacturing).
As per EPS TOPIK 2021, the exam is conducted only once a year in 16 countries, and the age limit is 18 to 39. There is no EPS TOPIK test center in India.
The exam consists of only the beginners listening and reading tests required for day-to-day activity and perform diverse tasks at work.
KLAT, Korean Language Ability Test, is operated by the Korea Educational Testing Service authorized by the Korean government (Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism).
It adheres to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, assessing the authentic proficiency of the Korean language.
Unlike TOPIK, there is only one paper for KLPT.
All applicants take the same set of questions, and the score you get determines your grade/level.
There are FOUR 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.
Benefits of the Korean Language Test
The Korean proficiency test is beneficial for obvious reasons. First, they can be proof of competence for job applications involving Korean and advanced studies in Korea.
You can demonstrate your Korean proficiency level by giving the language test TOPIK. These certifications provide job seekers and employees a competitive advantage.
Thus, it is an exceptional asset to include on your resume.
Documentary proof of the 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?”
It is as a result of your Korean language test certification included in your qualifications.
Are you planning to study in South Korea?
The Government of South Korea offers KGSP (Korean Government Scholarship Program) to deserving students to promote international exchange in education and mutual friendship amongst participating countries.
TOPIK certification is a prerequisite for such a scholarship.
Besides, these diplomas are recognized and accepted by Korean universities and Educational institutions for undergraduate entry and postgraduate admission.
TOPIK is vital if you plan to apply for permanent residency or look for a working visa in South Korea. In addition, it is helpful in the ‘Korea Immigration and Integration Program (KIIP) operated by the Ministry of Justice.
The KIIP program comprises two halves: Korean language training and Understanding Korean Society.
There are few more advantages like boosting one’s confidence, traveling to Korea, and confirming your Korean proficiency level.
It can translate into developing your personality at a career and social transitioning level.
TOPIK Exam Structure (Pass Mark)
TOPIK has three different categories of testing, namely, beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels. Thus, there are a total of 6 levels.
TOPIK I is the elementary level test containing two sublevels grades (Level 1 and Level 2).
On the other hand, 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 two years is relatively less.
I have studied Japanese for more than a year and learned over 500 Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Yet, today, I might not remember even 200.
If one does not practice and read enough, one will forget the most in a couple of years.
I’m sure there must be some genuine reason for 2-year validity!
TOPIK Exam in India
Let’s find out everything related to the TOPIK test in India.
TOPIK Test Centres in India
As of January 2021 – There are 54 test centers in South Korea and 250 overseas centers in the rest of the world.
There are 314 TOPIK test centers in 87 countries in total.
The 75th and 78th TOPIK Exam in India will be held in 5 domestic locations, namely Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jharkhand, and Manipur.
Address: Korean Culture Center, 25-A, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar – IV, New Delhi.
Contact: 011 – 43345046 / 5000. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: The InKo Centre, 18, Adyar Club Gate Road, Chennai.
Contact: 044 – 2436 1224/6, Email: email@example.com
Address: CFEL, Room No 29, Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi.
Contact: 8797811727 / 8800256914, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Address: 2nd Floor, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal, Manipur.
Contact: 98560-71440, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Honorary Consulate General, Korea House, No. 64, Road No. 14, Film Nagar, Hyderabad.
Contact : 044 – 23/24 999999, 99080-50005
Address: Hyundai R&D Centre, Annex Building, First Floor 1, Survey No 5/2 & 5/3, Opp. HITEC City MMTS Railway Station, Izzathnagar, Kondapur, Hyderabad.
If you have any questions, get in touch with the Korean cultural center, New Delhi.
2021 Exam Dates
TOPIK exam is held twice in India. Once in April and another in October. The timing is from 09:10 to 11:20 am for TOPIK I and 12:20 to 16:20 for TOPIK II.
The 75th TOPIK Test will be held on 11th April 2021, and the registration period starts on 29th January and ends on 4th February 2021. The result will be declared on 20th May 2021. The 78th TOPIK Test will be held on 17th October 2021, and the registration period starts on 3rd August and ends on 9th August 2021. The result will be declared on 25th November 2021.
Due to the continuous risk of COVID-19, the KCC has decided not to conduct the 75th TOPIK test on 11th April 2021 and 78th TOPIK test on 17th October 2021.
They will update you about the upcoming test and any further information in the future. If they don’t postpone to any new dates in 2021, the next tests will be held in April 2022 and October 2022.
Please Note: The registration dates may vary in India. Please check with the respective test center or contact the Korean cultural center.
The TOPIK test fees will depend on the level you sign up for and the country where you decide to take it.
For 75th and 78th 2021 TOPIK exams, fees are ₹ 800 (TOPIK 1) and ₹ 1,000 (TOPIK 2).