Language Testing

Students complete online and oral language placement tests to assess proficiency. 

Preparing students for language study.   

Placement Tests

Language placement tests assist Monterey Institute professors in placing students in an appropriate language class over the course of their studies.  Administered online, language placement tests are required for most Monterey Institute students before they enroll in language courses.  

Please note: Registration may be held up for new students until language test results are received.

Placement test results are honored for the particular semester in which the test is taken.  Students not enrolled in language study for one or more semesters must take the language placement test before receiving approval for a related language course.


The following students are not required to take a language placement exam:

MATESOL students not taking EAPP courses or other language courses If you are a MATFL student planning to teach a language that is not your native language, or a MATESOL student wishing to take courses in EAPP or in any other language program, you must take the appropriate language test.

Non-degree students

If you are a Non-degree student, you are not required to take any language courses.  However, if you plan to take courses in the EAPP program or in any other language program, you must take the appropriate language test.

Translation and Interpretation students If you are a Translation & Interpretation student who wishes to take courses in EAPP or any other language courses, you must take the appropriate language test.


The language placement tests assist the professors in assigning you to a language level that will best help you to build upon your current language skills. As such, we ask that you do your best work, but we ask that you do this without the assistance of other people or other reference materials (online or otherwise). You must abide by the Monterey Institute's Academic Honesty Policy when taking the test. Should we discover that you have received assistance on the test, or that someone has taken the test in your stead, you will be subject to dismissal from the Institute.

The language placement tests will be offered online during the week preceding orientation (August 11th-17th). The test becomes available at 9:00 AM on August 11, 2014 and closes at 5 PM on August 17th, 2014. You can log in to the test at any time during this time period. Please note that you NEED your STUDENT ID NUMBER, and once you begin the test, you MUST complete the test. Please allow at least 2 hours for your test.

You can take the same language test only ONCE, but you are welcome to take the tests for more than one language, if you think you might be interested in pursuing classes in those languages.

Secure Browser

Our Language Placement Tests are administered using a Secure Browser (SEB).  When you are in the Safe Browser environment you cannot access any Internet resources or copy or print any documents. 

Before taking your placement test, you must install the Secure Browser on your computer. 

Please print installation directions here. 

Return to this page once the secure browser download is complete and click here for your testing code and to print instructions for the language placement test.