TOPIK

1. Overview of Examination

ICON History
2014.07.20
Restructed the examination system (from 35th~)
2011~2014.04.20
National Institute for International Education (NIIED) administered the 21st to 34th examinations
2011.01
Change of administrator(Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE) → National Institute for International Education (NIIED)administered
1999~2010
Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE) implemented the 3rd to 20th examinations
1999.02
Change of administrator(Korea Research Foundation → Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE))
1997-1998
Korea Research Foundation implemented the 1st to 2nd examinations
ICON Objective of Examination
This examination aims to set a right Korean Language learning path for overseas Koreans and foreigners who do not speak Korean as their mother tongue and promote the use of Korean language. The result of evaluation can also be used for local university applications as well as employment purpose.
ICON Eligibility criteria
Overseas Koreans and foreigners who do not speak Korean as their mother tongue

· Those learning Korean language and those with intentions to apply for local universities.

· Those with intention to join/work for domestic/overseas Korean companies and public organizations.

· Koreans who study or graduated overseas.

ICON Validity
Valid for 2 years after the announcement of examination results
ICON Administrator
National Institute for International Education (NIIED), Ministry of Education.
ICON Usability of examination

· University admission and academic management of foreign Korean Government Scholars.

· Local university admission for foreigners and overseas Koreans who have completed 12 years of education abroad.

· Obtaining working visa for those who want to be employed at Korean companies, and serving as a standard for selecting and managing the employees.

· Recognizing domestic practitioner license for foreigners with medical doctor qualification.

· Application for Korean Language Teaching Qualification test (level 2 and 3) and acquisition of certificate.

· Acquisition of permanent residency right.

· Application for the issuance of marriage-based immigrant visa.

2.Examination Schedule and Timetable

TABLE
Type Period Area Korea Examination Hour(minute)
Entry Time By Start End
TOPIK I 1Period Listening / Reading By 09:20 10:00 11:40 100
TOPIK II 1Period Listening / Writing By 12:20 13:00 14:50 110
2Period Reading By 15:10 15:20 16:30 70

ICON  TOPIK I will be carried out during the first slot only / Please ask your local agencies for overseas examination schedule and timetable