We get so many e-mails from TOPIK GUIDE readers asking us to recommend a good guide book for TOPIK test preparation. Most of these mails are from those appearing in the TOPIK test for the first time but there are mails from Intermediate and advanced level test takers as well. So sometimes back we went to the Kyobo bookstore in Seoul to check the guide books available for TOPIK test.
- Most of the books are either completely in Korean or had very little English. They may be good for people who are preparing for level 4 or higher but for other test takers, we don’t think they will be much helpful.
- Most of the books just had a collection of questions from previous TOPIK papers with answers and brief explanations. The explanations seemed written by native Korean and as foreigner learners we found them too complicated.
- There are separate books for different levels and sections. So you might have to purchase 2 or more books for each level and almost all the books are priced higher than $15. So you will have to spend more than $100 on books for all TOPIK levels.
There was not a single book that could make us feel like recommending it to our readers. We were really disappointed and on our way back from the bookstore we got this idea of developing a package of good self-study material for our readers. Without a doubt, it is going to be a daunting tasks as the expectations of TOPIK GUIDE readers are too high from us. We have already started working on this and in a few months we might be able to happily reply to your emails asking for TOPIK study material recommendation. But for the time being we would just advise you to download the previous paper, analyse the question pattern and make your own list of grammar and vocabulary and study with it. Old format TOPIK papers are also good for the practice purposes. Do the reading and writing sections of TOPIK papers as Mock Test following the time limit. For the writing section of TOPIK go through our TOPIK writing guide page and practice writing essays. Also check our study tips for TOPIK – Part 1 and Part 2.