This is an old blog post, and there are better blog posts that explain about the new format of Standard TOPIK now:
Have you read the news on Yonhap about the big changes on Standard TOPIK tests? http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/bulletin/2013/09/04/0200000000AKR20130904190300004.HTML
In the new version of TOPIK (planned to be applied some time in the second half of 2014), there will be simplification of levels.
3 levels of TOPIK (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced) will be simplified to only 2 levels: “Basic” (초급), and “Intermediate/Advanced” (중고급).
Grammar and vocabulary section is eliminated. Your skills on grammar and vocabulary will be tested in other sections (listening, reading, and writing).
There will be no writing section on basic level. Only listening section and reading section.
The new Intermediate/Advanced level will consist of reading, listening, and writing section. Multiple choice questions will be eliminated from the writing section.
Oh, and TOPIK in South Korea which is held 4 times a year will be increased to 6 times.
This is not final, but since it made the news, I think they’re pretty serious about it.
Read this also: “Korean language proficiency test to get easier”: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2013/09/05/68/0302000000AEN20130905003600315F.html ###