What is the purpose of the Korean Placement Test?
The purpose of the Korean
Placement Test is to assess your preparation for course work in Korean at UCI.
Students will be placed into one of the following courses: Korean 1A, 1B, 1C,
2A, 2B, or 2C.
This test is the same test
that is used to satisfy the Language Other Than English (Category
VI) General Education requirement. Satisfaction of the General Education requirement may be
attained with a sufficient score on this placement test and a satisfactory performance
in the oral interview. The Korean Placement Test may not be repeated.
needs to take courses in Korean?
Successful completion through Korean 2C (or the equivalent) satisfies the foreign
language requirement in the School of Humanities. Completion of Korean course
work through the 1C level satisfies UCI's Language Other Than English (Category
VI) General Education requirement.
How can I enroll in a Korean course?
You must complete the following
steps to enroll in a Korean course at UCI:
1. Take the Korean Placement Test. Register for this online exam here.
2. Complete a Student Language Background Survey (SLBS) and meet with a Korean faculty for an oral interview
to receive your authorization code for the course. Times and locations are
indicated in the Schedule of Classes under Korean in the School of Humanities.
Note: You will not be able to enroll in a Korean course without a course authorization. Check WebReg for interview times. Presentation of two photo ID's is required for your Zoom interiew.
**Please Note. Information regarding the Zoom interview process will be made available after the exam. erview times are en 10am he oral interview.
Who is exempt?
You are exempt from this
test if you answer "NO" to all the following background questions below. However,
you still must go to the Testing
Center, 3040 Anteater Instruction and Research Building, to fill out the No Background form to be exempt from the placement test. Presentation of two photo ID's is required. The oral interview is NOT required for authorization for students without background.
1. Does anyone in your
family speak any Korean?
2. Have you taken any
Korean classes at schools or been tutored?
3. Have you lived in
Korean more than one year?
4. Can you read or write
What should I study before the examination?
Each course series assumes
that students know the content covered in previous levels, so you need to review
the textbooks for previous levels. You should have an active vocabulary and
some knowledge of grammar that enables you to perform the following tasks: exchange
common greetings; tell time; talk about the weather, family and studies; talk
about your likes, dislikes, and interests; inquire about a price; make choices;
make a suggestion or give advice; make a comparison; inquire about locations
and give directions; state your opinion and make comments; and handle reasonably
complicated survival situations.
For this test you should
know the following fundamentals of Korean grammar:
Two different speech
styles: formal and informal
Three different forms
of speeches: honorific, polite, impolite
Four sentence types:
descriptive, interrogative, imperative, and propositive (positive and negative)
Tenses: present, past,
Conjuncts: clausal and
can I prepare for the examination?
1. Korean 1, Language Education Institute, Seoul National University, Moonjin Media, 2005.
How long is the test?
You will have one hour to
answer 60 multiple-choice questions.
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