Language Information

Korean Placement Test Information

Korean Language Placement Test

(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 in Summer and in Fall, 2021).

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?

Both parts of the placement test will be only available at designated times. You can choose the best time for you.  For the first part, go to the online test on one of the designated dates to log in and begin a test. Once you enter the test, you have to finish it within 2 hours. You cannot re-enter it since you are allowed to take the test only once. Your initial results, when posted will show as “Validation Required” on the results page at the site since the validation test is required to complete the placement process. The validation test (the second part) must be taken in person on the designated date(s).

When will the Korean placement test take place?

The test schedule includes two testing periods:


Special note

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

Placement for winter 2023: By appointment only.


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