I once tried to take a mock TOPIK before, after I graduated from Elementary 1. There were just too many grammar patterns that I wouldn’t understand when I was in that level, so I just skipped the exam. It was easy though in my opinion because the 듣기 part is just slow. The CD that came from my textbook was at least 10 times faster than TOPIK’s which is very ideal for beginners who might experience difficulties with listening exams.
Just now, I finished taking the 30th TOPIK Beginner which I downloaded online. Now that I’m in the middle of my Elementary Korean 2, I thought I might do well this time, which…
Of course it’s already enough for me since I DIDN’T REVIEW ANYTHING before the exam. Well I guess there’s no need to, since it’s actually easy. Breezy easy. I got 147 points for the first part (어휘 및 문법), and 183 points for the second part (듣기, 읽기). I skipped the writing exam since no one would check it, but I assumed it to be at 20/30 points.
147 + 20 + 183 = 350 points out of 400. = 87.5%
Assuming I didn’t pass the writing exam (so as not to be very assuming):
350 – 20 = 330 points out of 400. = 82.5%
…which is still considered to be Level 2!!! I’m just happy for some reason. I don’t know if I scored my exam correctly, but even though, I still think I did great! The feeling is just warming, and anyway, I took the exam while there’s a meeting in the house. It’s actually noisy, but I didn’t care. I just took it. I didn’t pause the listening exam. I just did everything in 2 hours.
I will try to take the older TOPIK some other time, and see if I can still get a good score.
Have you tried taking up TOPIK? What was your first result?