What is the UKBI?
The Uji Kemahiran Berbahasa Indonesia (UKBI) is the official language proficiency test for standard Indonesian. It is run by the Agency for language development in the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture. There are five sections of the UKBI and they are Listening, Grammar, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
Who can take the test?
The UKBI is open to anyone. It can be taken by any Indonesian citizen as well as people from other countries.
How much does it cost?
For Indonesian students it costs 135,000 IDR. For Indonesian citizens 300,000 IDR. People from other countries pay 1,000,000 IDR for UKBI.
So what do you get?
You get a report with a break down of your scores for each section of the test.
So why do it?
The official UKBI website lists four reasons for why doing this Indonesian language proficiency test. First, the text is a measure of language proficiency for international students. Second, it can act as a supporting qualification for Indonesian students completing their university studies. Third, the test can be a a requirement for certain jobs in some organisations, for example banks and news organisations. And finally, it is a requirement for those seeking to become employed in the civil service.
Where can I find more information and a test ‘simulasi’?
Check out the official website below for information, contact details, test booking. Be warned though, it is in Indonesian. Also check out Sari’s experience of taking the test (info in English). Sari talks is an Indonesian university student in Kupang and she discusses her experience as well as provides some extra information about grades, and statistics, of UKBI.
What about you?
Have you done the test? Do you want to do the test? Tell us your experience in the comments below?