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Are you ready for your KPE exam?

KPE - understanding

Are you confident in your current Korean vocabulary level?

One of the keys to pass each level of the KPE exam is to make sure you dominate the level of vocabulary the examiner is looking for.

KPE - grammar

Do you understand all of the Korean grammar rules?

When taking the exam one of the main things they will be looking for is that you have the appropriate grammar knowledge for each level.

KPE - spoken

Do you understand the structure of the KPE exam?

If you have never taken the exam before, it is essential that you familiarize yourself with the structure of the test before arriving.

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Who is the KPE exam for?

The KPE (Korean Proficiency Examination) exam is a standardized test covering reading, writing, speaking and listening sections that are designed to assess teh Korean language proficiency of non-native speakers of Korean as well as for Koreans living overseas who wish to study or work in Korea.

Sections on Listening, Reading and Writing are a paper-based test, whilst the Speaking sections are computer-based tests.


How is the KPE exam structured?

The KPE exam assesses a students level of comprehension of grammar, spelling, vocabulary, conversational ability, as well as certain aspects of Korean sociocultural customs. All levels assess 4 areas which are Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.

The possible levels are as follows:

KPE LEVELS

1 & 2

3 & 4

5 & 6

Level

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced


What is in the KPE level 1 exam?

The KPE Level 1 certificate shows that the student is able to understand basic vocabulary and grammar, can construct rudimentary sentences and hold short conversations, grasps basic everyday words and can manage most common interactions like greetings and ordering items of food.

The exam to obtain the KPE Level 1 certificate is composed of the following parts:

LEVEL 1

CONTENT

LISTENING

50 questions

READING

50 questions

SPEAKING

10 questions

WRITING

10 questions


What is in the KPE level 2 exam?

The KPE Level 2 certificate shows that students can discern variation in pronunciation, hold simple conversations, perform simple business communications, use a varied vocabulary for daily life in Korea, and can manage complex communication using everyday words.

The exam to obtain the KPE Level 2 certificate is composed of the following parts:

LEVEL 2

CONTENT

LISTENING

50 questions

READING

50 questions

SPEAKING

10 questions

WRITING

10 questions


What is in the KPE level 3 exam?

The KPE Level 3 certificate shows that students can follow a long conversation of simple sentences, understands and can perform basic and complex business communications, can read and write about many familiar everyday subjects, and is able to coherently communicate in everyday life.

The exam to obtain the KPE Level 3 certificate is composed of the following parts:

LEVEL 3

CONTENT

LISTENING

50 questions

READING

50 questions

SPEAKING

10 questions

WRITING

10 questions


What is in the KPE level 4 exam?

The KPE Level 4 demonstrates the students comprehension of spoken conversations on new subjects, can understand media transmissions, can understand and use difficult vocabulary and complex sentences and can coherently express opinions on both a personal and business level.

The exam to obtain the KPE Level 4 certificate is composed of the following parts:

LEVEL 4

CONTENT

LISTENING

50 questions

READING

50 questions

SPEAKING

10 questions

WRITING

10 questions


What is in the KPE level 5 exam?

The KPE Level 5 certificate refers to a higher level of fluency tha includes understanding lectures and interviews, communication in business and official situations, precisely expressing thoughts using varied vocabulary, and can use high level expressions in administrative and technical fields.

The exam to obtain the KPE Level 5 certificate is composed of the following parts:

LEVEL 5

CONTENT

LISTENING

50 questions

READING

50 questions

SPEAKING

10 questions

WRITING

10 questions


What is in the KPE level 6 exam?

The KPE Level 6 certificate refers to absolute fluency in the Korean language and includes the uderstanding of fast conversations, complex sentence structures and grammatical expressions, the use of specialised professional language and advanced writing and reading skills.

The exam to obtain the KPE Level 6 certificate is composed of the following parts:

LEVEL 6

CONTENT

LISTENING

50 questions

READING

50 questions

SPEAKING

10 questions

WRITING

10 questions


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Review

Your certified tutor will be able to tell you what level you're at, what you need to do to improve, and how based on your learning style with a personalized study plan.

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