Dr Carol Spöttl has worked at the University of Innsbruck for many years in the field of language teaching, testing and evaluation. In 2013 she established the Language Testing Research Group (LTRGI) at the University of Innsbruck’s School of Education. Current research projects LTRGI are involved in range from eye-tracking studies for listening tests, providing benchmarked performances for speaking and writing, comparing writing assessment in two European counties to cross disciplinary research projects with the university’s medical faculty. Her work as a trainer has encompassed in-service teacher training at secondary school and tertiary level both nationally and internationally. She was on the IATEFL TEASIG committee for over 10 years and together with 3 colleagues, initiated the EALTA Speaking SIG. From 2007-2015, she was project leader for the exam reform in Austria. This government-funded project introduced a new CEFR linked national school-leaving exam in Austria in the foreign languages English, French, Italian and Spanish.