Tips for Solving TOPIK II Writing section – Ques. 51&52 

 August 23, 2022

By  Smriti

Those taking the TOPIK II may struggle with the questions, particularly the writing section.

Today, we'll be going over all of the important tips as well as strategies to help you get the grade you want.

Starting with the fundamentals of the overall writing section that you must remember.

  1. First and foremost, the overall writing section consists of 4 different types of questions that must be answered in Korean.
  2. You will be required to analyse, strategize, and frame sentences within the word limit, depending on the question.
  3. The questions can be categorised in two parts: 
  • Question 51&52 would require you to fill in the blanks with the appropriate phrases.
  • Question 53&54 would necessarily require a comprehensive understanding of the given diagram in addition to a 300-600 letter essay.
  1. The total of all four questions is 100. Each question is worth the following points:  
  • Ques 51 : 10 points
  • Ques 52 : 10 points 
  • Ques 53 : 30 points 
  • Ques 54 : 50 points

Depending on the level you want to achieve, you should concentrate on: 

  1. Ques 51&52 for level 3
  2. Ques 53 for level 4, and
  3. Ques 54 is for the remaining levels 5 and 6, as it requires more advanced vocabulary and phrases.

BUT, if you desire to obtain more points, you should try to answer all four questions. The more attempts you make, the better. Attempting to solve more questions will increase your chances of getting more points.

In this article, I'll go over the first two 51 and 52 questions, each worth 10 points.

They are regarded as the most important questions, as they are easier than the latter two and can earn you good marks. Solving them in 5-10 minutes would easily save you time.

Let's dive into the info marathon! Shall we?

TIPS FOR SOLVING - QUESTION 51

  1. You'll be provided with any type of small conversation about invitations, notices, requests, or inquiries. 
  2. You must first understand the purpose of the given dialogue before attempting to solve it.
  3. Recognize the formality as well as tone of voice. Look for the sentence ending, if the sentence ends in ~습니다 or ~요. 
  4. Try to understand the context in your native language. Understand what could be said in response. (Even if you need to switch back and forth with your native language. IT'S COMPLETELY FINE!!)
  5. Write down the most understandable and appropriate Korean way of saying the same thing, using proper grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. This could be accomplished by concentrating on the entire sentence rather than just a few words that could fit inside the blank.
  6. There is no correct or incorrect answer. You should only concentrate on making the sentence correspond.
  7. Always take your time and avoid making mistakes before jotting down anything on the actual exam sheet.

Suggestion:

  1. Use of colloquial terms and spoken Korean should be avoided.
  2. You will not be permitted to bring any rough paper or write on the question paper for future reference.
  3. Cleaning up and using less correction tape earns points. So, try to make fewer mistakes!!


LET'S LOOK AT AN EXAMPLE QUESTION : 

Following Question is from 64th TOPIK II Test.

TOPIK Writing 51 question - TOPIK QUIDE

First, we need to find any words that hint at the dialogue's purpose. Looking at the word in the first sentence, we get the impression that it is a 'Thanking note.'

Next, we must examine the tone and formality of the speech, which can be determined by looking at the ~습니다 sentence endings.

For convenience, read the phrase in English. Looking at the second sentence, which says something like "work in Hong Kong from next month," and the sentence that follows it. You can easily understand the sentence to frame which will be suitable for ㄱ

Possible answers for ㄱ :

  • ~하려고 갈겁니다.
  • ~하려고 이사할겁니다.
  • ~생겨서 이사할겁니다.

Similarly, we will comprehend the sentence for ㄴ in English and fill in the blanks with appropriate sounding words. 

Possible answers for ㄴ :

  • ~들으면 좋겠습니다.
  • ~드는게 아닐까 걱정했습니다.
  • ~드는게 기대가 되었습니다.

The final thing to check are the spelling and punctuation marks.

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Let's move on to the 52nd question, which is similar to the previous 51st question but includes an information passage instead of small dialogue.

TIPS FOR SOLVING QUESTION 52

You will be given a descriptive passage and will be required to determine the purpose of the passage using the underlying tone and speech of the passage.

For this type of question, you must be familiar with complex intermediate sentence structure, including pre-positions and post-positions particles.

In approximately 6-10 lines, the passage will not necessarily consist of dialogues, but rather more descriptive information on various topics of discussion.

The steps are essentially the same as in the previous 51st question, but a little more difficult.

Let's look at an example:

TOPIK Writing 52 question - TOPIK QUIDE

Looking at the passage, you can get a sense of the grammar structure you'll need to know in order to answer this question. We can frame the required phrases for the blank using the previously explained point. 

Try to understand the context in your native language. Understand what could be said to fill in the sentence. It's easier if you understand the context of the overall passage.

Write down the most understandable and appropriate Korean way of saying the same thing, using proper grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. This could be accomplished by concentrating on the entire sentence rather than just a few words that could fit inside the blank.

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Possible answers for ㄱ :

  • 밤이 가장 길고 낮이 가장 짧은
  • 낮이 가장 짧고 밤이 가장 긴 날은

Similarly, we will comprehend the sentence for ㄴ in English and fill in the blanks with appropriate sounding words. 

Possible answers for ㄴ : 

귀신을 쫓는다고 생각했기 때문이다 


The trick to score better is to practice and polish your knowledge in Korean grammar patterns. 

I hope this was helpful. Thank you for reading.

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