Do you wish to work in any Korean company or government authorities in South Korea or anywhere globally as a Korean learner?
Then, you can consider the KLAT (Korean Language Ability Test).
This is accepted wherever documentary evidence of the Korean language is required.
- 1. What is KLAT?
- 2. Purposes of the KLAT Test
- 3. All About Korean Language Ability Test
- 4. How to prepare for the exam?
What is KLAT?
The Korean Language Ability Test (세계한국말인증시험), i.e., KLAT, is a standardized Korean test offered internationally in South Korea and worldwide.
Korean Language Proficiency Test or KLPT is the former name.
They developed this exam to evaluate the Korean ability of non-native Korean speakers.
The test adheres with an evaluation system that considers the target’s specificity and the evaluation goal of measuring the ability to communicate in Korean.
It assesses the skills of foreigners who don’t speak Korean as a mother tongue and overseas Koreans.
Who conducts the KLAT test?
The Korea educational testing service (KTES) administers the exam globally. It operates under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of the Republic of Korea.
Recognization and Acceptance
While this is not as widespread and popular as TOPIK, KLAT is also a well-known Korean language test. If you want your Korean to be assessed officially, you can take it.
This is one of the official language tests authorized by the government of South Korea.
Purposes of the KLAT Test
There are several benefits associated with the test.
First, you can check your current Korean proficiency.
If you’re studying Korean for a while, you understandably want to verify your existing language expertise.
In that situation, the KLAT score provides you a well-defined competency level. That’s a huge morale booster.
You will also identify your weaknesses. This can assist you in focusing on those portions that require more attention. These all can encourage you to prepare better for the next upcoming exam.
Do you wish to study in Korean Universities? Possibly, you have a dream to work in any Korean company in Korea?
Then, the KLAT score will be a great value addition to your C.V.
Nearly all Korean educational establishments and businesses accept and trust the certification for admission and employment.
It is also beneficial when you apply in any other country for positions that require the Korean language.
The aim is to determine whether the candidate is proficient enough to live in South Korea, work as an employee at a Korean business, etc.
You will also understand Korean culture and customs better. This knowledge can assist you with a comfortable stay in the country.
All About Korean Language Ability Test
Unlike TOPIK, KLAT follows the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) guidelines.
It evaluates levels, beginner to proficient, i.e., A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2.
Like European DELF, DELE, CILS, and Zertifikat Deutsch, it also focuses more on the practical aspect of the language. It covers all four skills – reading, speaking, listening, and writing.
Types of KLAT exams
There are two kinds of KLAT tests: Beginners and Standard.
For the complete test curriculum, you can check the image below.
B-KLAT is an introduction test to measure the test-taker novice Korean language ability.
This is for those who have studied for roughly 150 to 200 hours instead of achieving an upper-intermediate or advanced level.
It is for different job roles where the minimal level Korean language is a prerequisite.
Unlike the previous one, the standard KLAT ranges from beginners to near-native level fluency in Korean.
It measures the candidates’ abilities for routine day-to-day activities in professional, cultural, and educational settings.
The curriculum also incorporates some cultural characteristics of Korea.
The certification is helpful in various companies, educational institutions, and schools that intend to recruit foreign employees, students, or overseas Korean speakers.
This has three broad levels:
- Beginners (level 1-2) — 200 to 400 hours of studies.
- Intermediate (level 3-4) — 400 to 800 hours.
- Advanced (level 5-6) — Over 800 hours.
Test structure and question formats
B-KLAT covers only two sections, listening and reading.
KLAT novice and intermediate have three parts — listening, vocabulary & grammar, and reading. In the advanced category, writing replaces vocabulary & grammar.
For test duration, passing marks, number of questions, and total marks, refer to the image below.
Required vocabulary for grade 1 to 4
For the necessary vocabulary corresponding to different levels, check the table below.
|Intermediate||3-4||~ 3,200 to 5,000|
KLAT test centers worldwide
As of February 2021, there are 36 testing venues in 11 countries. Other than Canada and Germany, most test centers are in South Korea, China, Southeast, and Central Asia.
2021 KLAT test dates
They conduct the test five times a year. January and May are only for South Korea, whereas the remaining are for all other nations.
|Test Dates||Registration Period||Result Dates||Locations|
|January 24, 2021 (Sunday)||24.12.2020 – 08.01.2021||February 2||Overseas|
|April 18, 2021 (Sunday)||19.03.2021 – 02.04.2021||April 20||Korea/Overseas|
|July 04, 2021 (Sunday)||04.06.2021 – 18.06.2021||July 14||Korea/Overseas|
|October 10, 2021 (Sunday)||03.09.2021 – 24.09.2021||Oct 21||Korea/Overseas|
|December 12, 2021 (Sunday)||12.10.2021 – 26.11.2021||Dec 23||Overseas|
The test fee is 40,000 KRW in South Korea. The price varies for other countries.
The validity of the KLAT score
The KLAT score report is valid for 30 months after the exam date. Once it expires, you have to retake it for official work.
How to apply?
There are two ways, depending on where you’re applying.
- South Korea — You can apply online by filling the form and submitting the money (40,000 KRW) in their Shinhan Bank account.
- Other Countries: Download the form, fill in, attest photo and identity card, make the payment to their bank account. And last, email them all the details.
Once they declare the results, you can check and verify on the kets.or.kr site by putting your name, the application number, and date of birth.
If you still have questions, you can call 82-2-730-0206 (Korea), email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website.
How to prepare for the exam?
On their official website, you can find plenty of sample papers, previous year questions, and resources that can help you prepare for the KLAT test.
The Korean language has gained immense popularity in recent times, and there are many good reasons to learn Korean.
This has resulted in a wealth of books, audio and video lessons, teachers, apps, and online materials. You can use these resources to learn and prepare for the test.
Since Korean is a hard language, it would help if you find a Korean teacher or language school.
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