As you know I have been targeting level 3 so far, but as we’re getting closer to signing up, I’ve changed my mind and will go for the beginner exam instead.
Sitting the TOPIK is actually going to be quite costly for me since I need to fly to another country to do so, and then coming home with a failing grade would feel like a great waste of time and money. The next opportunity to sit an exam would be in 2014, and waiting a whole year would be unbearable. Then I would rather take the beginner exam this year and the intermediate exam next year to “play it safe”.
Also, the TOPIK is not a well-known exam where I live so it would be a great deal more difficult for me to tell people how much I know based on failing an intermediate exam (even if it is known to be difficult among those who know TOPIK) compared to passing the level just below.
If I did nothing but study Korean, aiming for level 3 might not be impossible, but I’m not sure my uni grades would agree with that priority.
So there it is. I’m not going to win the bet with my mum, but hopefully I’m winning a passing grade instead.