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College Scholastic Ability Test in South Korea

College Scholastic Ability Test or CSAT (also known as Suneung), developed and supervised by the Korea Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation, is a kind of standardized test used for admissions by Universities and Colleges in South Korea. To make it to the Universities in South Korea, CSAT is the test to pass with perfect scores. It was made official in 1994. Students can select the subjects or areas of study of the test on the basis of the underlying rule of the 7th National Curriculum that emphasize on the needs, learning abilities, interests and career goals of the pupils. The test assesses the thinking skills and the understanding ability of the candidates on a range of subjects. The test is provided every year in November. The exact dates may vary. 

CSAT Selection Subjects and Tests

Students can choose all or 5 tests among the following-

Language, Foreign language-English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Second Foreign Language/ Chinese Characters and Classics, and Vocational education. 

In Mathematics- Choose either Mathematics A or B. If Mathematics A is chosen, then choose 1 among 3 subjects.

In Social Studies test- Choose 4 among 11 subjects

In Science test- Choose 4 subjects out of 8. 2 subjects can be selected from among Biology II, Physics II, Earth Science II and Chemistry II.

In Vocation education test-Students can select 1 subject from the 4 computer-based subjects and 2 among the 13 subjects in the Vocational education test. 

CSAT Test and Subject Selection-

CSAT Tests and Subject




















Source: Korean Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation

Structure of CSAT

Korean Language Test: The Korean language consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. Out of which there are 5 listening items. The total duration of this test is 80 minutes.

Mathematics: There are 2 types of Mathematics Test-Type A and Type B. 
  • Type A consists of 30 questions, out of which 9 are subjective questions and 21 are multiple-choice. The questions are based on Math 1, Basic calculus and statistics. The total time for Type A is 100 minutes.
  • Type B consists of 30 questions, out of which 9 are subjective questions and 21 are multiple-choice. The questions are based on Math 1, Math 2, Integral Calculus and Statistics, Geometry and Vector. The total time for Type A is 100 minutes.
Foreign Language-English: This test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and lasts for 70 minutes. Out of 50 questions, there are 17 listening questions. 

Social Studies/Sciences/Vocational Education-
  • Social Studies: The social studies test consists of 20 questions per subject, including 6 short-answer type questions. You are required to select 4 subjects out of the 11 subjects given (refer the table-selection subject and tests). The total time allotted for this test is 120 minutes (30 minutes per subject).
  • Science: The science test consists of 20 multiple-choice questions per subject. The total time allotted for this test is 120 minutes (30 minutes per subject).
  • Vocational Education: This test consists of 20 multiple-choice questions per subject. You are required to select 3 subjects. The total time allotted for this test is 90 minutes (30 minutes per subject).
Second Foreign Language/ Chinese Characters and Classics- This test consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. The total time allotted is 40 minutes. The applicant needs to select 1 subject out of Arabic, Chinese, Chinese Classics, German, Russian, French, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Spanish.

Timing and Schedules

There are 5 sessions and the time is different of each sessions-
CSAT Timing and Scheduling










Source: KICE

Registration and Fees

You can register for CSAT at the official website. The fee varies. Visit the official website to know more about the registration and fees.  

Scoring and Results 

The Standard score for each test of Korean Language, Mathematics and Foreign Language-English has a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 20, while the standard score for each subject of Social Studies/Science/Vocational Education and Second Foreign Languages/Chinese Characters and Classics has a mean of 50 and a standard deviation of 10.

Standard Score Conversion of Raw Scores-

Korean Language-

Number of questions-50
The maximum raw score is 100
The standard score are-
  • Mean: 100
  • Standard Deviation: 20
  • Range: 0-200
Mathematics-

No. of questions-30
The maximum raw score is 100

The standard score are-
  • Mean: 100
  • Standard Deviation: 20
  • Range: 0-200
Foreign Language (English)-

No. of questions-50
The maximum raw score is 100
The standard score are-
  • Mean: 100
  • Standard Deviation: 20
  • Range: 0-200
Social Studies/Sciences/Vocational Education-

No. of questions-20
The maximum raw score is 50
The standard score are-
  • Mean: 50
  • Standard Deviation: 10
  • Range: 0-100
Second Foreign Languages/Chinese Characters and Classics-

No. of questions-30
The maximum raw score is 50
The standard score are-
  • Mean: 50
  • Standard Deviation: 10
  • Range: 0-100
** Calculation of Range-
Range = (test/subject mean) +/-minus- 5 X (test/subject standard deviation).

Score Report

The CSAT Score Report indicates-
  • Standard Score
  • Percentile Rank
  • Stanine(Standard nine) for each test/subject
** Stanines are single digit scores ranging from 1 to 9. The distribution of Standard Score is divided into 9 parts (standard nine) where a stanine score of 1 is the highest.

To get the score, click here .
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