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Korean Language Test Getting Popular
The number of applicants for the official Korean language test has increased more than 40 percent over the past year, the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development said Thursday.
A total of 17,531 people have submitted applications to the ministry to take the Korean Language Proficiency Test this weekend, a 44 percent increase from last year, the ministry said in a press release.
The test, which started in 1997, is aimed at measuring the proficiency of those whose mother tongue is not Korean and who want to study or work in South Korea or South Korean organizations abroad. The majority of the increase in applicants came from Asian countries. Japan constituted the biggest portion with 6,185, a 24 percent increase from the previous year, following the government's adoption of Korean in 2001 as one of its foreign languages tested for university entrance. Next came applications made from within South Korea with 3,650 (68 percent increase), compared with 2,737 (170 percent) in China, 760 people (23 percent) in Uzbekistan and 658 (176 percent) in Vietnam.