After the official announcement of the changes in Topik was released, there have been many questions about this new format. The Topik staff have collected the questions and answered in a pdf file.
You can download at this link (but the file is written entirely in Korean)
The most important answer is the timetable of the new Topik.
According to this new timetable, I think that it will become more difficult for time management. In the old topik format, in the first period, I often make use of time by doing the vocabulary/grammar and 10 multiple choices of the writing part in 20 minutes, which means I have 70 minutes left for the short answers and the essay. In the second period, during the listening part, the recording plays twice and there is a short break between each question, so I make use of those time by doing the multiple choice of the reading part. However, now I cannot make use of time like that any more. In the first period of the new topik exam, we have to do listening and writing in 110 minutes. I cannot make use the short break between each listening questions to write. And in the 2nd period, I have 70 minutes for 50 reading questions. =.=
There are also other Q& A statements in that file (I translate some statements into English)
Question 1 :When is the new Topik exam applied?
Answer: The new Topik exam will be applied since July 20,2014
Question 5: Why do you divide the Topik exam into Topik I(Beginner) and Topik II( Intermediate-Advanced)?
Answer: Firstly, nowadays thanks to the Hallyu wave, the number of people taking Topik is increasing, which reflects the diverse demand of the candidate.
For the sake of people who don’t have much experience in learning Korean, we make the Topik I(Beginner) easy to reduce their burden. For the sake of people who continue to learn Korean , we make the Topik II which combines Intermediate and Advanced level to foster their ability and also to evalute their Korean proficiency.
Secondly, we also solve some problems such as examination subjects, type of questions, failing system. With the main aims to evaluate the communication skill, the writing section together with other indirect methods will test the ability to write essays directly.
Question 6: Why do you omit the vocabulary and grammar section?
Answer: The Topik exam aims to test your communication skill of Korean. To evaluate those skills, we need to evaluate speaking, listening, reading and writing skill, but evaluating skill has some limitations, so we only test the listening, reading and writing skill.
Vocabulary and Grammar can be tested indirectly through the listening, reading and writing section.
Question 7: Are the questions in the new Topik different from the old ones?
Answer: Except for the writing part, there will be not much difference in the type of questions.
Another difference is that the reading section will test your vocabulary and grammar and the writing section will test your writing skill with 2 essays.
Question 8: How do you score the writing part of Topik II (Intermediate- Advanced)?
Answer: There are 4 writing questions in the Topik II (Intermediate- Advanced). The first and second questions require the sentences that match the flow of the text. The third and fourth questions require two essays related to social life or critical thinking.
Question 11: Why do you eliminate the cut marks for each level?
Answer: We want to solve the problems that there are many examinees have the high total score but still fails because one of the skills gets low marks.
Question 12: What are the criteria for passing and failing each level?
Update on 2014 June 2014: the topik website uploaded the grading criteria for the passing score. More information, please click this link
Question 13: Because there is still no speaking section in the new Topik exam, do you have plans for adding the speaking section?
Answer : Because the speaking skill needs to be evaluated separately, we are planning to add that skill later.
Question 14: What time does the new Topik take place?
Answer: TOPIK II( Intermediate-Advanced) takes place in the morning while TOPIK I (Beginner) takes places in the afternoon.
Question 15: What is the validity of the new TOPIK Certificate?
Answer: 2 years
Question 16: Who should I call if I have any queryquestions about the new Topik?
Answer: Telephone: ☎ 02-3668-1331 or e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org