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What is TOPIK? Find out what TOPIK is about.

What is TOPIK?


TOPIK is the Test of Proficiency In Korean.
It is a written test for non-native speakers who wish to study at Korean universities or work in Korean companies. The purpose of this test is to measure Korean language proficiency and have your Korean proficiency on documentation. This test is also taken by students who are learning Korean and wish to get formal certification in Korean proficiency to use in their careers. TOPIK score is valid for 2 years.

The test is adminstered by National Institute for International Education (NIIED) under Korean government, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.


TOPIK in Vancouver
When is the Test?
In Korean, the test is held 5 times a year, in January, April, July, October and November.However, in overseas, the test is held twice a year, in April and October.If you are in overseas, you can register for the test at the Korean embassy. The embassy wants you to register about a month before the test date.


TOPIK Test Levels

– Beginner (Level 1-low beginner & 2 – high beginner)
- Reading & Listening
– Intermediate (Level 3 -low intermediate & 4 – high intermediate)
- Advanced levels (Level 5 – low advanced & 6 – high advanced)
- Reading, Listening and Writing
TOPIK Test Contents by Level
Beginner level
Level 1
Know basic Korean such as greeting, purchasing, asking questions, etc.
Can carry out simple everyday conversation with simple sentences from about 800 basic words
Level 2
Can distinguish correctly between formal and informal situations.
Can discuss familiar topics with vocabulary of about 1,500∼2,000 words.Intermediate level
Intermediate Level
Level 3
Can carry a conversation and maintain social relationships.
Can understand different forms of speech and vocabularies.
Level 4
Can understand essential idioms and representative aspect of Korean culture.
Can understand abstract topics, news articles, and general social issues
Advanced Level
Level 5
Can use expressions and distinguish formal and informal, written and spoken, by context
Can discuss unfamiliar topics such as politics, economics and other fields.
Are highly fluent in professional research and work
Level 6
Can understand and express oneself fluently without the full fluency of a native speaker.
Are absolutely fluent in professional research and work.
Test Structure




Beginner (level 1 & 2) – 70 multiple questions

Listening (40min.) - 30 multiple choice questions

Reading (60min.) - 40 multiple choice questions

Total 100 min.


Intermediate and Advanced (Level 3-6) – 104 questions

Listening (60min.) - 50 multiple choice questions

Writing (50min.) - 2 short-answer/2 essay questions
(first essay 200-300 words, second essay 600-700 words)

Reading (70min.) - 50 multiple choice questions

Total 180min. (There is a break time after writing test.)


Test Location for Vancouver, Canada


Korean Consulate of Vancouver
#1600-1090 W. Georgia St. Vancouver, BC V6E 3V7

Test Date

There is a test twice a year, in April and in October. You have to register for the test at the Korean Consulate. Usually the deadline for the registration is about 3months before which is January and July.

Who can take the test?


Anyone Korean is their second languageStudents who is studying KoreanStudents who wish to study in universities in KoreaAnyone who wants to work in Korean companies


Document Preparation


Registration form

3 x 4cm passport photos


Registration fee $30
(When mailing, pay by cheque or money order payable to: Korean Consulate)

Registration form available at www,


Test Result will be announced in about one month and a half.

The test result is valid for 2 years


TOPIK Registration Contact in Vancouver, Canada


Korean Consulate Education Department

Tel: 604-681-9581