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PTE Technical Advisory Group

Meet the current members of the PTE Academic Technical Advisory Group and explore their backgrounds.

PTE Technical Advisory Group

Meet the current members of the PTE Academic Technical Advisory Group and explore their backgrounds.

PTE Academic Technical Advisory Group members

Our Technical Advisory Group comprises experts from both language testing and psychometrics. They provide feedback, advice, and critical assessment of the development of PTE Academic at every stage. Meet the group members.

Dr Liying Cheng

Dr Liying Cheng is Professor and Director of Assessment and Evaluation Group (AEG) at the Faculty of Education, Queens University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She joined the PTE Technical Advisory Group in April 2018.

Liying has been a language teacher, language assessment researcher, and teacher educator for more than 25 years, during which time she has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at the pre-service, professional development, and graduate levels at a number of universities in Canada, Hong Kong, and China.

Liying’s primary research interests are the impact of large-scale testing on instruction, the relationships between assessment and instruction, and the academic and professional acculturation of international and new immigrant students, workers, and professionals to Canada.

Her research has been supported by ten major federal grants from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), in addition to many other international grants, totaling $1.7 million.

Most importantly, the impact of her scholarship has been demonstrated by the publication of more than 140 refereed books, book chapters, and journal articles, the presentations of 220 plenary, academic and professional papers, and the supervision of more than 100 graduate students.

Dr Yan Jin

Dr Jin is a professor of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. She joined the Technical Advisory Group in April 2018.

She has been involved in research and practice of language testing and assessment since the late 1980s and has rich experience in the operation of language assessment programs.

Her research interest focuses on the development and validation of large-scale and high-stakes language assessments. She is currently chair of the National College English Testing Committee and Co-President of the Asian Association for Language Assessment.

Dr Ute Knoch

Dr Ute Knoch is the Director of the Language Testing Research Center at the University of Melbourne. She joined the Technical Advisory Group in April 2018.

Her research interests are in the area of writing assessment, rating processes, assessing languages for academic and professional purposes, diagnostic and placement testing.

She was the Co-president of the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australian and New Zealand (ALTAANZ) from 2015-2016 and currently serves on the Executive Board of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA).

In 2014, Dr Knoch was awarded the TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award by the Educational Testing Service (Princeton, US), recognizing her contribution to language assessment. In 2016, Dr Knoch was awarded a Thomson Reuter Women in Research citation award.

Dr Alistair Van Moere

Dr Alistair Van Moere is the Chief Product Officer at MetaMetrics Inc. where his role is to drive innovation in assessments and learning, and to help individuals and organizations make sense of measurement and test scores. He joined the Technical Advisory Group in April 2018.

Through the Lexile® Framework for Reading, Alistair’s work extends to over 35 million learners in 180 countries, who get connected with learning resources at their level and have their progress monitored against standards.

Previously, Alistair was President of Pearson’s Knowledge Technologies group, where he managed artificial intelligence scoring services for speaking, writing and math. He also oversaw the development and delivery of standardized assessments for tens of millions of learners, including Stanford-10 and Versant English tests.

Alistair has worked as a teacher, examiner, director of studies, university lecturer, and test developer, in the US, UK, Japan, and Thailand. He is frequently an invited speaker at conferences and has authored over 20 refereed publications on language assessment research and technology.

His PhD won the Jacqueline Ross TOEFL award for best dissertation in language testing, and he holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Dr Mary Richardson

Dr Mary Richardson is an Associate Professor of Educational Assessment at UCL Institute of Education in London. She leads an MA in Educational Assessment and supervises doctoral candidates with an interest in assessment. She joined the Technical Advisory Group in April 2019.

Mary has worked in higher education for the past 15 years and, prior to joining academia, conducted assessment research in awarding bodies, government departments and with private test developers.

Her career has also included educational work in the voluntary sector with campaigning non-governmental organizations, children’s charities and as a facilitator and producer of theatre with young people.

Mary’s research is focused on ethics and the values attributed to assessment processes and outcomes. She conducts research focused on assessment with particular emphasis upon how philosophy of education and philosophical discourses can help us to improve assessment practice and improve understanding of assessment in public settings.

Mary sits on the Publications Board for the Association of Assessment and Evaluation (Europe) and on the Council for the Philosophy of Education Society for Great Britain.

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