Korean Placement Test FAQ

For students who have no prior knowledge of the Korean language:

  • If you are a true beginner (i.e., do not know how to read Hangul), you do not have to take the test.
  • Simply sign up for KOR 101.

For students who have some knowledge of the Korean language:

  • If you can read and write Hangul, understand some Korean, and/or carry a basic conversation in Korean, you have to take the placement test, composed of three sections: online test, speaking & writing.
  • The online multiple-choice test (on vocabulary, grammar and reading) is available on Blackboard from June to August. Please check the school website on Your Path to Princeton and Blackboard for specific dates. Log on to Blackboard using your Princeton ID. If you are unable to take the test online and would like to take it in person, please contact Dr. Ho Jung Choi (hochoi@princeton.edu).
  • Speaking and writing parts of the placement test are scheduled in the first week of the fall semester. The sign-up link will be later sent out to those who completed the online placement test. The speaking test will take about 10-15 minutes. At the end of the speaking test you will be given essay topics on which you may write for 20 minutes. The results of the test will be sent to you by e-mail before the first day of the fall semester.

For students who wish to place out of the foreign language requirement:

  • If you are confident that you can place out of 2nd Year Korean (i.e., KOR 107 or KOR 108) in order to fulfill the foreign language requirements at Princeton, you may take the test at other times by appointment.

Should you have further questions, please contact Dr. Ho Jung Choi