It is finally official! After a week of contemplating and debating with myself with thanks to a few people who helped me with the decision making, I have finally applied for the 46th TOPIK II paper. The only thing I am left to do is to print out my Application Form, which I need to bring with me to the examination venue, and pay the amount required.
I am not at all that confident that I’ll do well. But, unless I try, I’ll never know. My aim is to pass with a Level 4. I’m not sure if I can make it. If I do, 謝天謝地 (Thank heavens). If I don’t, 敗興而歸 (I’ll come back disappointed). Of course, I’ve come up with a game plan to tackle this challenge. Not really well thought through, but I guess it’ll have to do for now. I mean, it’s my first time. I’m not too sure what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong. And now I introduce, my plan;
Given how much progress I’ve made with the Ewha level 4 textbook, I hope to finish it by the end of the month (February). By finish, I mean both the textbook and workbook. Then I hope to do a lot of the Ewha 5 textbook (and workbook,
if I can afford it) through the month of March. With these two textbooks, I hope to learn – and retain – a lot of new vocabulary and grammar points. Hopefully, with those, I can do well in the 쓰기 (writing) section; I heard it’s quite difficult for the Intermediate students.
That’s mainly for the 쓰기 (writing) section. For the 읽기 (reading) section, I plan to do a lot of practice using the TOPIK past papers. I think, for this section I have to mainly be comfortable with complex sentences and be prepared for the types of themes that might come out. By preparing myself for the themes, I can roughly guess the meanings of new words when I see them. No? I really have no idea what to do to prepare for this section apart from doing past papers.
For listening, with thanks to Shanna’s advice on her blog, I will be getting myself used to all sorts of accents. This would mean I have to listen to quite a number of podcasts, documentaries and variety shows (for natural speech). Hope and pray that I don’t get too distracted and not pay attention to what I’m supposed to do!
If you have any tips or know-hows, please comment ^^ ❤