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 approximately one hour to complete this test.
  3. Once the test has been completed, your application will be reviewed by the admissions staff. You should receive your acceptance letter and preliminary level placement within two weeks of completing the test.


If you have never studied the language before and know absolutely no vocabulary, please indicate on the application that you would like a pre-placement test waiver. Otherwise, all applicants must take the pre-placement in order for their application to be complete.

Final Placement

The results of the preliminary placement tests are solely for the purpose of self-assessment and level estimation prior to the program.

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.