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  • Join MwALT 20 at the WIDA Consortium in Madison WI, Sept. 21-22, 2018.

  • MwALT 19 was at Wright State University in Ohio in 2017.

  • MwALT 19 was at Wright State University in Ohio in 2017.


Message from the President


Dr. Norby-ChenThe Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) is a strong community of graduate students and professionals that supports work in foreign and second language assessment. Founded at the University of Iowa in 1999 with a mission to serve those in the Midwestern states, our organization has grown beyond those borders, and we are delighted to welcome participants from throughout the United States and beyond to our annual conferences.

MwALT places great emphasis on supporting graduate-student research and introducing students to the larger field of professional language assessment and evaluation. We provide annual awards for student papers and presentations, and strive to remain a conference that is affordable to all.

We are grateful for the continuing support of participating universities; organizations such as Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments, Educational Testing Service, Second Language Testing and The University of Michigan Press; and the many other institutional and individual donors who sponsor our annual conference and enable us to sustain our mission.

I invite you to browse our web page, join our organization, and contact us if you have any questions.


Natalie Nordby Chen
MwALT President

Upcoming Events

wIDA to host MwALT in 2018
The 20th annual MwALT Conference in 2018 will be in Madison WI, on Saturday, September 22, with a pre-conference workshop on Friday, September 21. It will be hosted by the WIDA Consortium that is based in Madison WI. 

Conference Website:

WIDA Consortium: 

Language Assessment Research Conference (LARC), Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, March 21-23, 2018

European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA), Bochum, Germany, 25–27 May 2018

Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Auckland, New Zealand, July 2-6, 2018