If you are planning to work in South Korea, then you must already know that you need to pass the EPS-TOPIK exam in order to do so. Especiall...
This year, EPS-TOPIK 2022 is once again open for takers. So, prepare to take some notes as this article will help you know about what the exam is, its importance, and some tips to pass the exam.
What is TOPIK?Korea Research Foundation established the Test of Proficiency in Korean a.ka, TOPIK in 1997, which is a globally recognized Korean language ability test for non-native Koreans that certifies the degree of competence and mastery of the Korean language of non-native speakers across the world.
Since 2011, The National Institute for International Education administers the TOPIK exam globally which is an organization under the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Republic of Korea.
Why Should You Take It?
1. Work OpportunitiesThe ability to communicate in Korean would increase your chances to be accepted into Korean companies, businesses and other organizations especially if you have achieved a significantly high level of TOPIK result. This document would pave the way for your Resume/CV to stand out, not to mention, not just for companies in Korea but also worldwide.
If you’re seeking to work as a Korean Language Specialist (i.e teacher, translator, or interpreter, content writer etc.) you must be able to achieve at least TOPIK level 5.
2. Chance to Immigrate in South KoreaIn the late 1990’s, South Korea welcomed foreign workers mainly in labor-intensive areas. Ever since then, elementary Korean language skills have become a necessity for jobs to further increase work efficiency.
Now, the country has grown economically which entails a high chance for foreign workers to permanently stay should they be required or choose to do so. If you have interests or intentions to permanently reside in South Korea, you may participate in the Korea Immigration and Integration Program or KIIP which is conducted by the Ministry of Justice.
3. Builds Confidence and Self-EsteemOther than work and immigration opportunities, having a certification for this test can increase your confidence and develop your personality. No it’s not merely for bragging rights but more for positively presenting your achievements which says a lot on your self-esteem and how you value career efficiency.
4. It’s Budget-friendlyCompared to other international language tests, the TOPIK exam is not as expensive as you thought it would be. Depending on the level of the test, the exam fee is 40,000 won for TOPIK 1 (level 1 to 2), and for TOPIK 2 (level 3 to 6), it is 55,000 won (as of 2022 - joyofkorean.com). In the U.S, the fee is $20 to $30. In comparison to India, it ranges between ₹ 800 to 1000..
Tips in Taking the Exam:
Tip #1: Maximize Review SourcesThere are many sources you can use to prepare for your EPS-TOPIK exam such as books, teachers, audio and video tutoring, language apps, websites, and online lessons. Of course, there is no magic recipe for taking the test. You have to take your time in studying and allot a significant amount of time if you wish to pass. I found some review sources of EPS-TOPIK that may help you for this year’s examination.
Tip #2: Make a Study PlanOrganizing a study plan would increase your efficiency in reviewing. It’s good to have a teacher or to enroll in any language school as a tutor in order to help you progress more. Moreover, be consistent with your learning approaches and habits. To help you naturally, you may consume Korean-related content such as movies, magazines, series etc. or converse with someone who knows the language to help you understand more.
Tip #3: Test Your Current AbilitiesTry to take some practice tests readily available on the internet. You may research previous year’s question papers and samples to hasten your chances in passing the exam. This means that you need to work harder and more if you want to exceed your own expectations for the test. Again, there’s no easy way. It’s either you take your time, or better luck next time.
This article is written by Cathrine Grace S. Alcachupas, a Digital Marketing Department Intern of PS Media Enterprise and an AB Communication student in De La Salle University-Dasmarinas.