Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Preliminary Placement Test

Preliminary Placement Test for the 
Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP)

The purpose of the preliminary placement test is to inform both SILP participants and language coordinators regarding target language proficiency levels. It is very important that you do NOT get any assistance when taking this test. It is for general pre-grouping purposes and does not replace a formal placement test at Student Orientation.

The Process

  1. After you have submitted an online application for the program, please allow 2-3 business days to be emailed a preliminary placement test link. This link and login information are unique to you; please do not share this information with anyone else.

  2. Follow the instructions provided in the preliminary placement test email to take the test online. You should allow 30 minutes to two hours to complete this test.
  3. Once the test has been completed, the appropriate language coordinator will be notified in addition to admissions staff. You should receive a confirmation email or acceptance letter within two weeks of completing the test.

Additional Testing on Orientation Day

The results of the preliminary placement tests are solely for the purpose of self-assessment and level estimation prior to the program. In addition to the preliminary placement test, SILP participants will be required to take a placement test on Orientation Day.


Regardless of level, all students are required to attempt the preliminary placement test. If you have never studied the language before and know absolutely no vocabulary, please contact languages@miis.edu to request a formal placement test waiver. Otherwise, all applicants must login to the system and attempt to answer any questions on the test.

Final Placement

Final placement in a particular level of language study is determined by performance on written and/or oral placement examinations/evaluations administered on the first day of the program. By applying for admission, the student indicates acceptance of the placement deemed appropriate by the Summer Intensive Language Program faculty.