TIP # 1: Expand your vocabulary and know your beginner grammar points. You can find compilation of words in other websites; I’ve seen a lot when I was still reviewing for mine. (Just look at my grade and I can say that I did pretty well on the 문법/grammar part. I only had 9 mistakes!)TIP # 2: Knowing the words isn’t enough, you’d have to practice your spelling and sentence compositions too. (Got 15 mistakes on the writing part.) Be sure to use 존 댓말 when you’re writing your essay and never ever use 반말. Practice your -입니다, -입니까, -에요, -이에요. Also, don’t use -입니다 and shift to -이에요 on your next sentences. Be consistent with your verbs.TIP # 3: (16 mistakes on the listening part.) Listening to natives is the best way to practice for this. The Talk to Me in Korean website is great help for those self-studying since they have podcasts and they use Seoul intonations. Click here to go to their website. And if their MP3’s aren’t enough for you, why not try listening to some Korean songs and watching Korean dramas? Just be aware that on some dramas that I’ve watched, there are characters who use other dialects like 부산말. During the TOPIK exams, 서울말 is used.
TIP # 4: (23 mistakes on the reading part) Practice your reading comprehension skills. I am not sure if this was that part which had signages and stuffs but obviously yet not surprisingly, this was the hardest part for me.
TIP # 5: DOWNLOAD previous TOPIK exams and answer them on your own. By doing this, you get to know your weak points and work on them beforehand. You can find previous examination test papers with solutions here: link.