Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The Early Diagnostic Test is required for applicants for the master’s degrees in translation, translation and interpretation, and conference interpretation and for the translation specialization in the Translation and Localization Management degree program.

This test is designed to assess the current and authentic written and oral fluency level of the applicant’s working languages. For this reason, we don’t provide a sample test.

The Early Diagnostic Test includes:

  • 5 written sections: essays in both A and B languages, translations in both directions, and an abstract
  • 5 oral sections: pronunciation in both languages, and extemporaneous speech with two sections in the B language and one section in the A language.

The test is done at home through an online portal. Once students have completed the application form and paid the application fee, they will be given a link to the EDT registration form with more instructions for accessing and taking the EDT.

We do not provide individual feedback on the EDT as our language faculty would not be able to discuss results with every applicant. The Admissions staff receives only the final evaluation decision; they do not have the expertise to interpret language evaluation details and therefore are not able to provide feedback. However, if your EDT indicates that your skills are not currently at the level required to start one of our translation and interpretation programs, you can work on improving your language skills by following the advice our faculty has provided.