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한국어 능력 시험 34회

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April 20, 2014 | 08:12pm
Mood: not bad

I just took the 34th TOPIK exam (한국어 능력 시험 34회). Here are some of my thoughts.

1. It feels like I just took the TOPIK! Oh, wait, I did. (Look approximately 5 posts back.)

2. I took it with the same co-worker with whom I took the 33rd TOPIK. He hasn't studied since that exam and thinks he did a bit better on this exam than the last.

3. The first part: I went straight into the essay section and spent 35 minutes writing 675 characters on the happiest day of my life. I always have a bit of a brain-freeze when I have topics like that so I sort of hem and haw around the subject. This time I said that there have been many happy days but I will took about a day that happened two days ago. I managed to use quite a bit of 중급 grammar, including 게 되다, 다고 생각하다, 며, 은 편이다, and a few others. As the proctors were collecting the exams I saw that very few people managed to do the 400 characters - it looked like most people did half of that.

3.5. The first part (part 2): after finishing the writing section I did the grammar and vocabulary section. It was very, very easy. I had a game plan: if I didn't know the grammar, make an educated guess, but don't dwell on it. A+ idea. There were maybe 5 questions I didn't really know how to answer and the rest went pretty well. I finished with about 10 minutes to spare, which was a dramatic change from last time.

4. I was smart and brought along a bottle of water and a granola bar to re-energize me during the 30 minute break. I will do this again.

5. The second half: the listening section went by quite quickly. Due to the huge amounts of listening practice I've been doing recently it seemed very, very slow. I don't feel terribly good about this section, but I don't feel bad about it, either. I probably did around the same as I did last time.

5.5. The second half (part 2): the reading section was very, very easy. There were a few stories toward the end that I wasn't quite sure how to answer, but it was substantially simpler than last time. I finished with 10 minutes to spare again.

Overall the test went quite well. I think there's a very good chance that I'll get a 3, and I wouldn't be surprised if a few sections are worthy of getting a 4. Just a guess: 60-70s for grammar/vocab and reading, 50s for writing, 40s for listening. Oh well. Just when I get used to the test they switch to a brand new format! Scores will be released on May 31st. I have a while to wait...

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