Monday, July 23 , 2018


The Employment Permit System – Test of Proficiency in Korean (EPS-TOPIK) formerly the Korean Language Test (KLT)

The first Korean Language Test or KLT was included in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Ministry of Labor of Korea on April 23, 2004. Under the MOU, the KLT shall be implemented starting August 17, 2005 for those who want to work in Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS). The sectors that are open for Filipino workers under the Korea EPS are Manufacturing, Construction and Agricultural sectors. These days, the KLT is now called the EPS – Test of Proficiency in Korean or EPS-TOPIK.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is the authorized agency of DOLE to implement the EPS-TOPIK in the Philippines in cooperation with the Human Resources Development Service of Korea or HRD Korea.

Minimum Requirements in Applying for EPS-TOPIK

  • Male or Female
  • 18 to 38 years old
  • No criminal record in the Philippines and not restricted to leave the Philippines
  • No record of illegal stay in Korea
  • Not restricted from re-entering Korea or have completed the required period before going back to Korea
  • Able-bodied workers or physically and mentally fit to work
  • Registered with active status in the POEA Manpower Registry

Persons Who Cannot Take the EPS-TOPIK

  • Ex-Korea workers who have record of illegal entry, illegal stay, overstay or run-away
  • Those with physical defects like amputated fingers
  • Those who have previous cases of hepatitis B, tuberculosis, color-blindness, hearing impairment
  • Applicants who have difficulty learning the Korean language

Components of EPS-TOPIK and Corresponding Points to Pass

  • Listening: 25 questions – 100 points
  • Reading: 25 questions – 100 points
  • Total: 50 questions – 200 points, 70 minutes
  • Passing Grade: 20 items or 80 points
  • Type of Test: Paper-Based Test in Multiple Choice

Registration for the EPS-TOPIK

Applicants must register first with the POEA E-Registration System in their website

During actual registration that requires personal appearance to the designated venue, submit the following requirements:

  • EPS-TOPIK Application Form
  • Valid passport or valid government-issued ID
  • Two (2) pieces passport size pictures taken within 6 months

KLT fee and manner of payment

  • US$24 in peso paid to Landbank

Reminders to those who will take the EPS-TOPIK

  • Be at the examination site one hour before the test.
  • Submit your certificate of registration, proof of payment and passport.
  • Listen carefully to the instructions of the examination proctors.
  • Answer the examination questions carefully.
  • Mobile phones are not allowed inside the examination room.
  • Do not attempt to cheat or you will be disqualified from EPS – TOPIK.
  • The EPS-TOPIK is given continuously in 70 minutes without interval

Where to see the result of the EPS-TOPIK

You may see the result of the KLT at the following websites:


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