I decided to download the new TOPIK papers since I wanted to know the changes they made to it. Personally, I think they’re more dynamic than the previous format but that’s besides the point. Sadly, there’s no place I can take it where I live so I would need to go to the States to take it and for me it’s a waste of money so I’ve decided against it till I move for my Masters degree (which I don’t know yet where I will be going). I couldn’t take the one in April either while I was in Korea because the system is a bit confusing and by the time I sorted it out all Seoul testing sites were full (talk about bad luck =_=).
Anyways, I’ve been slacking off since my classes started in August, but I always try to study something new or review to keep my skills sharp lol. Today, I woke up wanting to do a TOPIK paper in the new format so I sat in the morning to do it. I didn’t review, check in dictionary words that I didn’t know or anything that is not allowed during the actual test (and like I said before I haven’t been studying much either). So after I started grading my answers, I was quite surprised! I got 96 points out of 100 in the listening section and 92 out of 100 in the reading section.
It actually made me think that a little bit of a year ago, I struggled getting past the middle of every section so I’m really happy about how far I’ve come in learning Korean. I also find the format a bit easier than the previous one (although I was kind of upset that they removed the writing section) because it’s pretty much the same kind of test I had to take for the mid-terms and final of Korean language at Ewha.
Now I’m wondering whether I should attempt doing the TOPIK II to see whether I can achieve 3rd level (I mean just practice). I think that I may take the TOPIK I next year just to get used to the setting (because for me it’s stress inducing so I need to get used to it).
Till next time ~
PS. I am still working on the KPOP thingie but it’s taking longer that expected.