The Philippine government will conduct the sixth Korean Language test for Phlipinos who wants to work in south korea under the employment Permit System(EPS).
The test will be administered by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in cooperation with the Human Resources Development Service of Korea (HRD Korea).
POEA has said Filipino workers need to pass the test to be included on the list of applicants from which Korean employers electronically select from to fill positions in the manufacturing and construction sectors under the foreign labor quota for 2010.
South Korea and the Philippines signed a new EPS agreement last year that outlines the process for hiring Filipinos to work in South Korea. Foreign workers who enter South Korea under the EPS are only allowed to work in five industries: manufacturing, construction, agriculture and stockbreeding, fishing and services.
The POEA said applicants should register on its Web site (www.poea.gov.ph) on or before Jan. 15 to qualify for the test. Past registered applicants are advised to keep their accounts active, meaning that they should have visited their account at least once in the last three months.
There are three requirements for Filipinos to qualify to take the EPS-KLT: They should be between 18 to 38 years old, at least a high school graduate and have a valid passport.
Applicants shouldn't have a criminal or imprisonment record, nor be restricted in travelling to South Korea based on past immigration violations.
The application period for the EPS-KLT is from Jan. 25 to 29.
The examination will be administered either on Feb. 28 or March 27, the POEA said.
The KLT will cover 50 items consisting of reading (40 minutes) and listening (30 minutes) questions, which will be taken from a pool of questions in the EPS-KLT review provided by HRD Korea. Each item is worth 4 points and applicants needs to get a minimum score of 80 to pass.
POEA said no formal Korean language training is required and the EPS-KLT review can be downloaded from the agency's Web site.
Upon passing the exam, Filipino workers will be issued the EPS-KLT certificate, which is valid for two years. The last EPS-KLT was held in May 2007.