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Korean Proficiency & Placement

Proficiency Exam

To show proficiency in Korean language through the first year, and to waive the one-year foreign language requirement of the College of Arts & Sciences, you must take the Korean Proficiency Exam. 

The Korean Proficiency Exam is currently being offered remotely. Please click here to sign up for this test ($49.90). You must register for this exam using your UW email address.


Please note you should only take this test if you are NOT planning to take Korean classes at UW. If you want to enroll in Korean classes at UW, please follow the instructions listed below, under 'Placement Interview.'

The Korean Proficiency Exam is provided by AVANT. Avant STAMP (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency) is an internationally recognized web-based test that assesses language proficiency. An Avant STAMP 4S test has four sections: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Avant STAMP 4S test questions are based on real-world, everyday situations. Avant STAMP 4S measures a test taker’s language ability according to Benchmark Levels that are based on ACTFL national standards. Test results will indicate the level of proficiency achieved for each section of the test.

Once you have registered and paid for the proficiency test, AVANT will send you further instructions regarding proctoring and you can schedule the test. Since you will be testing remotely, you are responsible for ensuring the readiness of the computer you will be using for the test. For a smooth testing experience, please keep the following in mind:
Technology Guide for Remote Testing:
User Guides:
You may also take a sample test here:

Please note the remote proctoring system is not compatible with Chromebooks.
If you have any questions, contact Avant Assessment Support at

If you wish to prove proficiency at the 2nd-year level or higher (for JSIS, linguistics, or other major requirements), you may also take the above test.

Placement Interview

If you have taken Korean at the University of Washington, then you can simply register for the next class in the sequence.

If you have taken college-level Korean at an institution other than the University of Washington (or have received Advance Placement credit), then please take one of the following surveys:

If you have questions about placement, if you're not sure of what level you might be, or if you desire to major or minor in Korean, contact the following Professors:

 100 Level (K101, 102, 103): EunYoung Won

200 Level (K201, 202, 203): JungHee Kim

300 Level (K301, 302, 303): JungHee Kim

400 Level (K415, 416, 417): Heekyoung Cho

If you feel that your placement is inappropriate or have concerns about a particular placement, you should make an appointment with the instructor in charge of the course. If you are already taking a course and discover that your placement is not appropriate, he or she should talk to the instructor within the first two weeks of the course for assistance.

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