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spaceman82



Joined: 01 Dec 2009

PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry about the weird sentence above. I've revised it in my original post. In any case, here's what I meant:

18/20 language points (TOPIK 5/6) + 10 culture points (social integration program completion) = 28/30 points
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Neozenha



Joined: 08 Mar 2013

PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't you need to complete like KIIP 4 or something to get to 5? Or can you instantly go to KIIP 5 as it's only about culture and stuff?

Regardless if I get TOPIK 5-6, I still wouldn't hit 80 and the TOPIK are harder.
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spaceman82



Joined: 01 Dec 2009

PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You would have to do both, yes--or at least be good enough at Korean to place directly into KIIP 5 (through their placement test). Anyway, sounds like that won't help you that much. Hope you can find another way.
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Neozenha



Joined: 08 Mar 2013

PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or if I study abroad and get my bachelor in Korea..
+3 extra on top of the 26
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Neozenha



Joined: 08 Mar 2013

PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How hard is TOPIK 3?
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World Traveler



Joined: 29 May 2009

PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HARD. Much harder than TOPIK 2. There is a big jump from 2 to 3. I know a guy who was on TV for his Korean ability. He took the intermediate test but failed it. Eventually he was able to pass (after a couple more failed attempts), which is cool, but this guy has been studying hard since the beginning of coming to Korea, has lived here for many years, and has a Korean wife. It is not easy, let me put it that way.
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furtakk



Joined: 02 Jun 2009

PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TOPIK 3 is difficult, but not THAT difficult. You should realistically be able to pass it after finishing up to (or the equivalent of) level 4 in one of the university programs. The grammar and vocab is pretty manageable. They don't include any of the weird archaic stuff from TOPIK 5/6.

Anyway, to the OP, Neozenha. Don't be offended, but it sounds like you are quite young. I would probably also guess that you've never been to Korea. Do yourself a favor and actually visit the place, or even to a student exchange for an extended period of time and see if this place is really right for you.

I have many friends who came over to do language study for a few months. They had this idea of Korea and were totally in love with the country due to dramas, KPop, or whatever reason. After 6+ months, many of them happily returned home.
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Neozenha



Joined: 08 Mar 2013

PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

World Traveler wrote:
HARD. Much harder than TOPIK 2. There is a big jump from 2 to 3. I know a guy who was on TV for his Korean ability. He took the intermediate test but failed it. Eventually he was able to pass (after a couple more failed attempts), which is cool, but this guy has been studying hard since the beginning of coming to Korea, has lived here for many years, and has a Korean wife. It is not easy, let me put it that way.


So KIIP 4 would be pretty difficult?
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kingssurfer



Joined: 14 Dec 2009

PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of questions

The one point ambiguity in a couple of the categories is what concerns me.

1. I have read and heard that ( KIIP/TOPIK 4) is 15 points.
If this is the case, it makes me think the updated point scale is wrong
from a couple of posts back (page 23) is wrong. It said 16. Meaning
completing all 5 (KIIP) levels (4 language and 5th level culture) is 25
points?

2. How much of the level test is devoted to history/culture questions?
Should I just worry about the language , and not worry about it until
level 5 ?

3. For the volunteer work, 50 hours counts as 2-3 years( 3 points)?


For whatever reason I can’t register on 1365.go.kr for the volunteer
work. It keeps saying error. I put in my name both ways.

For those that are doing/did the volunteer work. What exactly do I
need to give to immigration. Ttompatz said a letter, but the volunteer
guy gave me a registration certificate ( 자원봉사자 등록신청서)when I
asked him for a letter.

So will that do?

4) For the income part, I’m assuming my subsidized housing will be
added. It’s the difference between 2 and 3 points. Is this correct or not?
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furtakk



Joined: 02 Jun 2009

PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) It was 15 points on the old scale but it is now worth 16.

2) Very little. If there are any culture questions, they are about stuff you would have probably learned naturally as you studied Korean. Focus more on TOPIK-style grammar.

3) Not sure.

4) That is dependent on whether or not your work pays taxes on your housing. For example, in my case, I'm in a lower income bracket because my employer only pays taxes on my main income. Ask your employer or pay a visit to the tax office to see your official income report.
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caerdroia



Joined: 19 Nov 2011
Location: Hawaii

PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:34 am    Post subject: Hey lovely people <3 Reply with quote

I just signed up for a Korean language pre-test in Daegu (test will be held on 8/31), so hopefully I'm going to be able to register for Social Integration classes in the sorta-near future!!! Smile

For anyone else who wants to sign up to take the pre-test, I believe you have until 8/16 to register online at socinet.
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vicent77



Joined: 19 Sep 2011

PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@kingdurfer:
kingssurfer wrote:
A couple of questions
3. For the volunteer work, 50 hours counts as 2-3 years( 3 points)?


For whatever reason I can’t register on 1365.go.kr for the volunteer
work. It keeps saying error. I put in my name both ways.

For those that are doing/did the volunteer work. What exactly do I
need to give to immigration. Ttompatz said a letter, but the volunteer
guy gave me a registration certificate ( 자원봉사자 등록신청서)when I
asked him for a letter.

So will that do?


Did you get to solve that? Any more information about how to get points for volunteering?

I also need the volunteering points to reach 80 so any info about this could be really helpful...! There is a Blood Donation Center near my place which I am planning to visit but does anyone know if I need something before in order to get the hours recognized?
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kingssurfer



Joined: 14 Dec 2009

PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Did you get to solve that? Any more information about how to get points for volunteering?

I also need the volunteering points to reach 80 so any info about this could be really helpful...! There is a Blood Donation Center near my place which I am planning to visit but does anyone know if I need something before in order to get the hours recognized?



I am assuming 100 hours would give you 3 points.

1 year= 50 hours, a minimum of 6 different times.
2 years=100 hours, a minimum of 12 different times.



1. http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/viewtopic.php?t=228514&highlight=
2. Find the nearest volunteer center 자원봉사 in your area.
3. Tell them what you want to do. I am teaching kids in a church 2 hours a week.
4. Because of my schedule and the time it takes to get there, I still need to go to immigration. Makes me a bit nervous.
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Joshie



Joined: 30 Mar 2008
Location: seoul

PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone do the volunteer work thing? That link kingssurfer posted said you have to go to the immigration office register as well as getting approved from your work. Is all that really necessary? Would like to just register on the 1365 site and go from there.
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PigeonFart



Joined: 27 Apr 2006

PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I completed level 5 (got the cert from the university showing i did all the hours for level 5)...However i failed the 종합시험 !

Can i still salvage points from this? Or will i have to repeat the semester and re-do the test in order to get points?
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