The Korean placement test is required if you have any prior knowledge of Korean and wish to take Korean classes at Carolina. If you do not intend to take Korean classes, but just wish to satisfy the Global Language requirement, please refer to the Language Placement website to review the possible options for meeting the requirement.
The Korean placement test is in two parts:
- The first part is an online test that’s available to take at any time. This is only half the test, though, and you won’t get a result until you have also taken the second part.
Exception: if you score below 25 on the first part, then your placement is KOR 101 (offered every fall, and sometimes in summer), and you don’t need to take the second part.
- The second part is a live (could be in-person or remote) test with Korean faculty. It’s given at the following times of year:
- At the start of fall semester (this may be a remote test session the week before classes start).
- At the start of spring semester.
- If Korean classes are being offered in summer, placement testing will be arranged as needed for students seeking to take those summer classes.
Submit this webform to sign up for an upcoming placement test session. The autoreply you receive will contain information on how to take the first part online, and when the second part will be given.
Self-assessment guide for Korean. This is not a substitute for taking the placement test, but is intended to help you estimate your level. If you can’t take the placement test before registration, we encourage you to enroll for whatever level you think you’ll place into. This will allow most students to go ahead and get a seat in the class they need. If your estimate turns out to be wrong, you’ll need to drop that class, but we’ll try to help you get into the correct level.
Korean placement FAQ
However, that does not mean your placement is KOR 204. If you wish to continue studying Korean, you will need to take the departmental placement test to determine which level to begin with.
The first part is online and can be taken at any time. It will cover vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension. For some people, that will be sufficient to determine they need to start in the 101 class; everyone else will continue to the second part.
Depending on the time of year, the second part may be in-person or remote (on Zoom). The content is the same either way: this part will cover writing and an interview to assess speaking/understanding proficiency.
Placement is not a perfect science by any means, and every year we do usually make a few adjustments. If you don’t think the class you were placed in is the best level for you, we are always happy to discuss it and re-evaluate. Ultimately, however, the department’s decision will be final.