Korean Proficiency/Placement Test at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


The next Korean Proficiency and Placement Test (KPT) will be scheduled for an in-person administration at 9:30 AM [CT] on Friday, August 23, 2024. Please note that this test will not be conducted online. To participate, students must complete their registration by midnignt on Friday, August 16, 2024 [CT]. Click HERE to sign up for the FA24 Korean Proficiency and Placement Test. 

The Korean placement/proficiency test is administered on the final business day (normally Friday) PRIOR to the commencement of fall and spring semesters. This computerized assessment evaluates four core language competencies: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The primary objective is to determine the student's level of Korean language proficiency. This assessment facilitates accurate placement of students into the appropriate level of Korean language courses offered at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

It is important to note that while the LOTE (Language Other Than English) requirement for graduation can be satisfied by demonstrating Korean fluency through this test, no academic credits will be granted for the years of language classes that are waived.

Options for Satisfying the General Education Language Requirements document

For those who completed at least one full academic year in a high school where they studied all of their subjects in a language other than English, they can ask the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to review your high school transcript for Gen Ed LOTE fulfillment. See Option #1 in our Options for Satisfying the General Education Language Requirements document.


Who takes this test?

If a student possesses prior knowledge of the Korean language and intends to enroll in a Korean language course at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for the first time, participation in the test is mandatory.

Furthermore, students enrolled at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, aiming to satisfy the General Education LOTE (Language Other Than English) requirement by demonstrating their proficiency equivalent to the level set by their respective colleges, must also take the test. The extent to which language requirements can be waived, and the number of semesters affected, will be contingent upon their performance in the test.

For specific guidance on which courses are approved to fulfill language requirements, please visit Courses Approved for Language Requirements section. This will assist in identifying the appropriate Korean language course necessary to fulfill your LOTE requirement at a particular proficiency level.


When is this test administered?

The Korean placement/proficiency test is administered in January and August on the last business day (Friday) before the start of the fall and spring semesters. It is crucial to contact the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in advance. This will allow you to obtain the information regarding the test date, time, and location. To secure your participation, ONLINE REGISTRATION for the test is mandatory.

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

2090 A Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics Building
707 S. Mathews Ave. | MC-176
Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA
ph: 217-244-1432, fx: 217-244-2223
email: ealc@illinois.edu

For individuals taking the test to obtain an exemption from the LOTE (Language Other Than English) requirement, no additional test sessions will be available outside of the aforementioned dates corresponding to the fall and spring semesters. With this in mind, it is highly recommended to plan ahead, considering taking the test well in advance of your anticipated graduation date.



Korean Language Program • Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
2090 A Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana, IL 61820
217-244-1432 • j-ahn3@illinois.edu
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