With global interest in Korea and the Korean language surging, the Ministry of Education will increase the number of TOPIK exams conducted overseas.
TOPIK, or Test of Proficiency in Korean, evaluates the language proficiency of foreigners and overseas Koreans. Introduced in 1997, the test is taken by non-native speakers who wish to study in Korean universities or work for Korean companies in and out of the country. In 2023, a record-setting 417,800 people sat for the exam.
Amid this rising demand, the Ministry of Education will double the amount of times the TOPIK is given overseas. Starting in 2024, the test will be conducted eight times. The paper-based exam, which requires going to an approved test center, will be held in over 90 countries. Additionally, the online version will be administered in 10 nations.
This expansion is a follow-up measure to the Study Korea 300K Project announced in August amid criticism that the number of instances in which TOPIK is offered worldwide falls short of its rising demand.
Next year, the paper-based test (PBT) will be held five times and the internet-based test (IBT) will be held three times. The chart below has a detailed schedule for each test in 2024.
For inquiries, contact the phone numbers below.
※ 2024 Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK)
• Overseas Korean Education Division
of Global Education Planning Bureau of the Ministry of Education: 044-203-6785
• TOPIK Center, Dept. of Planning and
Coordination of the National Institute for International Education: