A carrier for testing an unpackaged semiconductor die is provided. The carrier includes a carrier base for supporting the die; an interconnect for establishing a temporary electrical connection with the die; and a force distribution mechanism for biasing the die and interconnect together. In an illustrative embodiment the carrier is formed with a laminated ceramic base. The ceramic base includes internal conductive lines that are wire bonded to the interconnect and metal plated external contacts that are connected to external test circuitry. In an alternate embodiment the carrier is formed with an injection molded plastic base and includes 3-D circuitry formed by a metallization and photolithographic process. In either case, the carrier is adapted for testing different die configurations by interchanging different interconnects.