PTE Academic Technical Advisory Group Members

A Technical Advisory Group, comprised of experts from both language testing and psychometrics, provides feedback, advice and critical assessment of the development of PTE Academic.

Dr Liying Cheng
Joined April 2018

Dr Liying Cheng is Professor and Director of Assessment and Evaluation Group (AEG) at the Faculty of Education, Queens University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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.

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Dr Yan Jin
Joined April 2018

Dr Yan Jin is a professor of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

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
Joined April 2018

Dr Ute Knoch is the Director of the Language Testing Research Centre at the University of Melbourne.

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.

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Dr Amol Padwad
Joined April 2018

Dr Amol Padwad is Professor & Director, Centre for English Language Education, Ambedkar University Delhi.

He is the Secretary of the Ainet Association of English Teachers (India) and an ELT consultant with a special interest in teacher development. He has over 34 years of teaching experience on a trajectory from a primary to a tertiary teacher. He became a teacher without any teaching qualifications; it was temporary employment to support his higher studies, which made him realize that he loved teaching and decided to make it a career, gaining his Masters in English, MPhil, PhD, PGDTE and MEd TESOL, all the while working as a teacher. His research interests include teacher development, practitioner research, teacher networks and groups, ESL/EFL and history of ELE.

Dr Alistair Van Moere
Joined April 2018

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. 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.

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Dr Mary Richardson
Joined April 2019

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. 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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