Dr Ute Knoch is the Director of the Language Testing Research Centre at the University of Melbourne. She has published widely with nearly 40 peer-reviewed publications which have been published in journals such as Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, Assessing Writing, Journal of Second Language Writing and Language for Specific Purposes. Her research interests are in the area of writing assessment, rating processes, assessing languages for academic and professional purposes, and placement testing. She is currently the Co-president of the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australian and New Zealand (ALTAANZ) and 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.