Korean Proficiency & Placement

See also general information on Proficiency Exams and Placement Interviews.

Proficiency Exams measure your ability in a language and are used to satisfy or waive language requirements.

Placement Interviews determine which language class is appropriate for your background and ability, and are only necessary if you intend to take the course. The interview results cannot be substituted for a proficiency exam. 

The department does not offer either Proficiency or Placement to those outside the University.

Proficiency Exam

To show proficiency in Korean language through the first year, or to waive the language requirement, you must take the Korean Program (KR100A) administered in the Office of Educational Assessment in 440 Schmitz Hall, (206) 543-1171. Contact the OEA to set up a date and time for you to take this Proficiency Exam.

The KR100A consists of a listening section followed by a written section (vocabulary, grammar, and reading). If you receive a score of 66 to 90, you are exempted from the general language requirement for graduation. There is no re-test policy or waiting period. You may retake KR100A at any time.

If you want to prove that you are proficient at the second-year level, take KR200A. Taking KR200A may not exempt you from the language requirement of your major, if what is required is the in-class time rather than the proficiency at that level. Confirm the requirement with the advisor in your department.There is no re-test policy or waiting period. You may retake KR200A at any time.

*Accelerated track students: can take the KR100A if they are trying to fulfill their language requirement for graduation, but cannot take the KR100A in replacement of Korean 135. If you missed taking Korean 135 in Autumn Quarter, you may want to take the KR200A and see if you can place into 3rd year Korean (300-level)*


Placement Interview

If you have had no exposure to Korean and are looking to enroll in Korean 101, then you should fill out the Placement Interview Questionnaire to get an add code. The instructor will contact you within a week with placement information.  

If you have had prior exposure to Korean (i.e. spoken Korean at home or taken a prior class) then you should contact Dr. Soohee Kim for further instructions.

Do NOT take any written tests at UW until you are told to do so.


The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. If you are a student with a documented disability and need to request disability accommodation(s) for your interview, please contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance of your scheduled interview date at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or e-mail at dso@u.washington.edu.