Placement & Proficiency Exams

Placement and Proficiency Exams

Important information for international students who wish to establish proficiency in their native language

Beginning April 16, 2012, undergraduate students whose native language is Chinese, Japanese, or Korean (C/J/K) and who graduated from a high school where their native language (C/J/K) is the language of instruction should fulfill the foreign language requirement by providing official high school transcripts or other documentation. Please download the "Application for Establishment of Foreign Language Proficiency for Non-Native Speakers of English" form from the College of Arts and Sciences websiteCollege Recorders Office.

If you completed the 6th grade or above but have not graduated from a high school where your native language is the language of instruction, submit to the EALC Department an official document that proves the completion of the 6th grade or above along with the Language Proficiency Certification Form (available at Department office, Global and International Studies Building 2050A).

If you did not complete the 6th grade or above in a country where C/J/K is the language of instruction, you still need to take a proficiency test to establish your proficiency in your native language. Students in this situation please see the testing information below.

Korean - Testing for placement and proficiency


The online Korean placement test is offered exclusively for the purpose of class placement, not for providing proficiency. All students enrolled in IU with prior knowledge of Korean will need to take an online Korean placement test before registering for their first Korean class at IUB, to identify the appropriate class to take.

The Korean placement test is offered online at After students register for the test in this website, they will receive an access code that enables them to take the test. It is a randomized, timed, test with a 2-hour limit. Students are only allowed to take the test one time. A second attempt has to be requested through the Department with a valid reason. Students are not allowed to use any aids during the test, including dictionaries, textbooks, notes, cell phone, etc.  It is for the student’s best interest if the test reflects their current ability. Within two weeks after the semester starts, students may receive an interview from the course instructor to verify their placement.


Korean proficiency testing is offered once a semester for students who wish to fulfill their foreign language requirement for the College of Arts and Sciences or World Languages requirement for IUB’s General Education, but who are NOT planning to take a Korean course while attending the IUB.  Please refer to the EALC website for the test date and location.

The proficiency exam can be exempt if you submit official records of scores of one of the following non-IU proficiency tests:

  • 650 or higher in SAT 2 Korean administered by College Board.
  • Passing Level 2 test of TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) administered by Korean government. See for more information on TOPIK.

**Please review the above guidelines for international students and establishment of proficiency before deciding to take this exam. You may need to submit documents instead of taking the proficiency test.

The next Korean Proficiency Test will be offered:
Friday, April 14, 2017
Location: PV 277
Time: 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM

If you are not exempt and wish to take this exam to fulfill your Korean Proficiency requirement, please register at the Korean language program website and come to the above location with a pencil and photo ID. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not permitted during the test.

If there is an unusual circumstance and you must take the test sooner, you should contact Professor Hyo Sang Lee ( in East Asian Languages and Cultures to discuss an alternate test time.