Placement Test and Proficiency Test

1. Korean Placement Test

  • If you want to take Korean at Penn and have previous experience with Korean language, you need to take this test.
  • Prior experiences may include:
    • You have been exposed to Korean informally at home.
    • You have lived in Korea for more than six months.
    • You learned Korean at any institution other than Penn.
    • You have attended Saturday Korean schools.

2. Korean Proficiency Test

  • If you want to become exempt from the foreign language requirement with Korean, you need to take this test.
  • If you have completed your secondary education in Korea, and have obtained a high school diploma, you may be exempt from the language requirement.
  • Please note that we do not accept any other Korean language test scores (i.e. TOPIK or SAT Subject Test) as proof of language proficiency.

3. Test Information

  • The Placement and Proficiency tests consist of an online multiple-choice test (vocabulary, grammar, reading, and listening), a writing test, and an oral interview exam.
  • The Placement and Proficiency tests are offered twice a year, in January and August, but students can take the test only once per year.

4. Spring 2018 Placement Test and Proficiency Test Schedule

  • Placement Test and Proficiency Test – Online
    • The link to the online Placement and Proficiency tests will become available in January, 2018.
    • The online portion of the test is designed to be completed within 2 hours.
  • Placement Test and Proficiency Test – Writing and Oral Interview
    • After you complete the online portion, please take the writing and oral interview exams on the designated dates as follows:
Placement Test* Date: January 9, 2018

Time: TBA

Place: TBA
Proficiency Test** Date: January 9, 2018

Time: TBA

Place: TBA
  • *for students who wish to take a Korean course at Penn
  • **for students who want to become exempt from the foreign language requirement
  • Things to bring: pencil, eraser, and Penn ID
  • Test result will be emailed within 48 hours
 
For more information, contact Haewon Cho, the Program Director, at haewcho@sas.upenn.edu.