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10 Best Study Tips for TOPIK Test 

 June 30, 2020

By  Satish Satyarthi

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Here we bring for you 10 tested and tried study tips on how to study and prepare for TOPIK test.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Assess where you stand – No guide book or teacher can know your level, your strong and weak points better than you. So the next step is to analyze your strengths and weaknesses and the best way to do it is solving the TOPIK papers.
  6. Solve TOPIK Papers- Take a set of TOPIK papers and start solving it. Not casually, please! Take a watch with you and set alarm exactly same as in real test. Solve all the sections of the paper – Reading, Listening and Writing (only if taking TOPIK II). Don’t give up when you are not able to answer a few questions in a row. Keep solving the paper till the very last question with patience.
  7. Find your weak points- Now 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. If you are preparing for TOPIK II and have purchased TOPIK GUIDE Study Package, send us your essay for evaluation. We will get it checked by experts and will give you detailed feedback for improvement.
  8. 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 paper at a time, do it in real test-like environment, following the given time limit. You will feel at ease in the examination hall if you have already taken a few Mock TOPIK tests at home.
  9. 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 and 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.
  10. 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 don’t know or that you think you know 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 a day or two before the test.

Next Part – TOPIK Test – 15 Tips & Strategies for a High Score

  • Thank you so much for all these papers. I’m so dependent on this website u created. Please keep up the good work, I’m sincerely and very much appreciating it.

  • hi from Indonesia. I’m about to take my very first TOPIK test,and I’m really nervous. You’re right that it is not easy to find guide books on how to do these tests here and very few universities teach the language (or maybe no universities at all?I’m not sure). Anyways, thanks for those tips,I’m sure they are very useful and would help a lot, for me at least. And I’ll tell bout my test after I’ve done with it. Thanks.

  • @Tokkicheonsa
    the invigilator plays the audio file for all the students at the same time… You don’t have to repeat or speak anything.. you just have to see the question , that is based on the audio conversation, and mark the answer.

  • Hi Satish,

    Could you advise if the listening component of TOPIK is done together with all students in the examination hall at the same time i.e. the invigilator plays the audio file and we have to listen to repeats together or are we each given an audio set which we can control if we are fine to proceed or listen to a repeat.

    Thank you for your awesome sharing on this site!

    Regards,
    Tokkicheonsa

  • thanks.. it’s nice of you for sharing. are you studying in SNU. i really want to get there… well, i’m on my way now.. wish me luck! see you in korea?? hahaha…

  • Hi Satish,
    I was wondering if there were any good grammar books that you would recommend in preparaton for the intermediate and advanced levels.
    Love the website,
    Thanks so much.

  • Hello. Thank you for this amazing site. I am a bit confused. In intermediate/advanced writing section when we use ㄴ다/다 in the ending?

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