10 Best Study Tips for TOPIK Test
So you are going to take TOPIK test soon?
I know it can be stressful.. deciding what and how to study to ace the test.
So, here we bring for you 10 tested and tried study tips on how to study and prepare for TOPIK test.
- Self study is the key to success in TOPIK. No guide book or tutor will guarantee you success unless you self-study really well. You just need to have all the previous TOPIK papers and answer sheets, analyse the question patterns, prepare vocabulary and grammar lists and start studying. If you find it difficult and time consuming to do question pattern analysis and organize all the study material yourself, you can just grab TOPIK GUIDE Self-Study Package which provides you everything well organized in respective folders.
- Downoad Past TOPIK Papers – The first step to start studying for TOPIK should be to Download Previous TOPIK papers (at least last 5 sets) including listening audio files. They are your guide books; they are your teachers. Just practice solving them while taking notes about your weak points in grammar and vocabulary. You can also practice by taking TOPIK Mock Tests online.
- Analyze the Papers – Sit back and analyze the papers to understand the question pattern of different sections. If you have purchased TOPIK GUIDE Self-Study Package, watch all the video tutorials to understand the TOPIK test pattern. It is the most important part of your preparation- To Understand The Test.
- Get deep into the Test structure-Try to find what skills they are trying to test, where and how they are trying to test your understanding of some Korean grammar patterns with tricky questions, what kinds of vocabulary and grammar patterns they are repeating again and again etc.
- Assess where you stand – No guide book or teacher can know your level, your strong and weak points better than yourself. So the next step is to analyze your skills and weaknesses and the best way to do it is solving the TOPIK papers.
- Solve TOPIK Papers- Take a set of TOPIK papers and start solving it. Not casually, please! Take a watch with you and set alarm for exactly 90 minutes for one section of the set. Solve all the sections of the paper – Reading, Listening and Writing. Don’t give up when you are not able to understand and solve a few questions in a row. Keep solving the paper with patience. It happens with everyone in the beginning stage of preparation.
- Find your weak points- Check you answers. Don’t get depressed even if you got only 10% answers right. Analyze and make a list of grammar patterns you knew but you found them confusing or complicated when solving the paper. Make note of what kind of vocabulary (verbs, adverbs or particles etc.) you need to work upon.
- Always solve papers in a Mock Test manner– Never try to solve the papers casually like 10 questions at a time and next 10 after having a cup of coffee. Even if you solve only one section of the, do it in real test-like environment, following the given time limit. You will feel at ease in the examination hall if you take a few Mock TOPIK tests at home.
- Never Pause or Repeat Listening audio- You may feel tempted to pause the audio or rewind it when you don’t understand a dialogue. Never do it. Make the best guess you can to answer the question. Once you have finished solving the paper you can listen to it again and again while checking your answers and correcting mistakes.
- Make a list of Grammar Pattern and Vocabulary– After you solve a TOPIK paper set, make a list of grammar patterns and vocabulary that you couldn’t understand or that you think you understand now but may forget after some time. Then refer to your Korean language textbooks or Grammar and Vocabulary books from TOPIK GUIDE Self-Study Package if you have it. Write meanings and explanations of those grammar patterns and words in a notebook. It will be very useful for the last moment study/revision before the test.