Language Information

Korean Placement Test Information

Korean Language Placement Test 2020-2021

(Access to results is located below the general information presented here.)

If you have no previous knowledge of Korean and want to start Korean studies at Northwestern, register for KOREAN 111-1 (offered only in fall).

Who needs to take the Korean placement test?

The above apply to all students in all schools and programs, including graduate and professional schools.

What will the Korean placement test look like?

There are two forms/parts in the placement test: (1) Online test and (2) Validation test.

How do you take the Korean placement test?

The online test will be only available at designated time. You can choose the best time for you:

Once you enter the test, you have to finish it within 2 hours since you cannot enter it again and you are allowed to take the test only once. After the online test is evaluated, most results will initially show  “Validation Required” since the validation test is required to complete the placement process.

The validation (writing and speaking test) will be offered via Zoom on the following dates, and I will assign the date for you:

​Be sure to bring a picture ID to the test, and have your Northwestern ID handy as well.

Special note

The placement result is valid for one year. You may take the test only once a year.

Placement for winter 2021: By appointment only.


Please contact Dr. Ihnhee Kim (, 847-491-2767), the Korean placement coordinator.