Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The Language and Skills Test (formerly the Early Diagnostic Test or EDT) 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. Please note that we do not provide sample tests.

You will only receive access to the LST two to four days after you have completed the online application and paid the application fee for your degree program. Please make sure you have a strong internet connection when you take this online test.

Test Structure

The LST takes approximately 5 hours to complete. Each item on the test is timed and you will see a timer. When the allotted time ends you will be automatically be moved to the next item on the test. There are two breaks built into the test: the first after approximately 1.5 hours and the second after approximately 2.5 hours. During these breaks, you can log out of the test and log back in whenever you are ready to proceed.

Part one of the test focuses on your reading and listening comprehension skills in your two languages (A and B languages).

Part two of the test focuses on your ability to paraphrase/retell—both orally and in writing—within each of your languages. You will also be asked in this section to write a brief essay in each of your languages and give a brief oral commentary. The topics are general enough to require no outside support, references, or materials and we request that you NOT refer to outside materials. Since each item is timed it is important that you optimize this time to respond to the best of your ability.

Part three of the test then focuses on your ability to paraphrase/retell—both orally and in writing—between each of your languages

We do not provide individual feedback on the test. If your test 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 provided by our faculty.