A/PROF Ute Knoch

A/PROF Ute Knoch




  • Associate Professor 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.   


Member of

  • Association of Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ). Member 2010 - 2014
  • Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand (ALANZ). Member and Treasurer 2007 - 2014
  • Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA). Member 2006 - 2014
  • American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL). Member 2005 - 2014
  • International Language Testing Association (ILTA). Member 2004 - 2014


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Auckland 2007
  • MA, University of Auckland 2002

Awards and honors

  • TOEFL Oustanding Young Scholar Award 2014, 2014
  • Runner-up: Christopher Brumfit dissertation award. Awarded to PhD research that make significant contribution to SLA/FL teaching and learning, Cambridge University Press/Language Teaching journal, 2008
  • NACADA research grant, National Academic Advising Association, 2008
  • Not in List, 2008
  • Awarded annually to the best theses accross the whole university., University of Auckland, 2007
  • Educational Testing Service Graduate Student Scholarship for top PhD applicant presenting a paper at the annual conference of AAAL., American Association of Applied Linguistics, 2006
  • Awarded annually to up to ten PhD candidates in the language sciences, contested worldwide, The Language Learning Dissertation Grant Program., 2006
  • Travel award to attend the Language Testing Research Colloquium, Ottowa. Awarded to two students internationally per annum., International Language Testing Association, 2005
  • Scholarship from AAAL to attend Summer Institute in Applied Linguistics at Penn State University., American Association of Applied Linguistics, 2005
  • Bright Future Top Achiever Scholarship - valid for 36 months - awarded to top ten percent of doctoral candidates across all disciplines., Ministry of Education, New Zealand, 2004
  • University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship. Contested across all disciplines, awarded to applicants with the highest GPA., University of Auckland, 2004


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am able to supervise theses in the area of language assessment and second language writing.