Last September (2010) I took my first TOPIK (초급) and got a 2급. I was hoping that I can take the next TOPIK again, but the gap between 초급 and 중급 is extremely high (at least for me) and one really has to prepare for it. I’ve been too lazy since September of last year. I can say I learned a lot for the past 8 months, but it’s not enough to complete a 중급 TOPIK paper. My classmates are either taking their first TOPIK or retaking it. As much as I would love to join them, I don’t think I want to waste time in retaking 초급 or staring blankly at a 중급 paper . I’m hoping I can take the next one this September though. I have barely 6 months to prepare for it. I hope I can find time to squeeze my Korean studying amidst crazy school and part-time job schedules. >.<
For now, I wish everyone well. I hope you enjoy your TOPIK exams today! 화이팅하세요!