Everything About KLAT Test 2024

Do you want to take the 2024 KLAT (Korean Language Ability Test)? Let’s find out.

Do you wish to work in any Korean company or government authority 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.


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 to 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.

KLAT test centers

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 with 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 dream of working 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.

KLAT levels

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.

Korean Language Ability Test


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.

Standard KLAT

Unlike the previous one, the standard KLAT ranges from beginner 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.

KLAT exam structure

Required vocabulary for grades 1 to 4

For the necessary vocabulary corresponding to different levels, check the table below.

Exam LevelGradeVocabulary
Beginners1-2~ 1500
Basic1-2~ 1800
Intermediate3-4~ 3,200 to 5,000

KLAT test centers worldwide

As of January 2024, there are 36 testing venues in 11 countries.

In addition to Korea, other centers are in China, Japan, and other Southeast and Central Asia nations like Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Nepal.

They also organize the test in Canada and Germany.

2024 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 DatesRegistration PeriodResult DatesLocations
January 14, 2024 (Sunday) 15.12.2023 – 29.12.2023Jan 23 (Tues)Overseas
March 24, 2024 (Sunday)16.02.2024 – 08.03.2024April 02 (Tues)Korea/Overseas

July 07, 2024 (Sunday)31.05.2024 – 21.06.2024July 16 (Tues)Korea/Overseas

October 06, 2024 (Sunday)30.08.2024 – 20.09.2024October 15 (Tues)Korea/Overseas

December 08, 2024 (Sunday)01.11.2024 – 22.11.2024December 17 (Tues)Korea/Overseas

Exam Fees

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 out the form and submitting the money (40,000 KRW) in their Shinhan Bank account.
  • Other Countries: Download the form, fill it in, attest your photo and identity card, and pay to 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, call 82-2-730-0206 (Korea), email: kets@kets.or.kr, or visit their website.

How to prepare for the exam?

On their official website, you can find plenty of sample papers, previous year’s questions, and resources to help you prepare for the KLAT test.

The Korean language has gained immense popularity recently, and there are many good reasons to learn Korean.

This has resulted in many 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.

Do you wish to take this examination? Share your views or questions below.

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Vikash Gupta
Vikash Gupta

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  1. Sir, I am really interested to study post-graduation in south Korea. So, please tell me the details about applying post-graduation in South Korea and how to apply?

    • That is too generic a question to answer. First, choose the subjects/stream, and check the available colleges offering such courses. Then apply to the respective university, depending on our budget and eligibility criteria. You may have to take IELTE and, in a few cases, also the TOPIK test.

  2. Thank you for all the valuable information. Since I have crossed the age limit for taking TOPIK, this is great info for me. I could not find any centre in India to write the exam. Could you please guide me in giving me more info on writing/ taking this exam or centers in India?

    • To the best of my knowledge, there isn’t any age limit for TOPIK. You can take the test at Delhi, Chennai, Ranchi, Hyderabad, and Manipur.

    • You do not need these test scores on your C.V. in the USA unless you have a specific goal that requires Korean certifications. Still, TOPIK is more popular and accepted, though it has a validity of two years.

  3. Hello! First, I would like to thank you for this informative post. I’m interested in taking KLAT, possibly this December, but I cannot find anywhere information about the location where it takes place. I mean, of course, the overseas centre. Do you by any chance know where the exam is taking place or where I can find this information? I tried emailing them, but as of now, I still haven’t received any response. Thank you in advance for your help!

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