Korean Proficiency & Placement

Proficiency Exams measure your ability in a language and are used to satisfy or waive language requirements. Placement Exams and interviews determine which language class is appropriate for your background and ability.

See also general information on Proficiency and Placement Exams.


The Office of Educational Assessment (440 Schmitz Hall, (206) 543-1171) administers the proficiency test for the Korean program (KR100A).

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 anytime.


If you've had no exposure to Korean and are looking to enroll in Korean 101, then you should fill out this Catalyst survey to get an add code. The instructor will contact you within a week with placement information.  

If you've 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.