n South African Journal of Labour Relations - The relationship between learning potential, English language proficiency and work-related training test results

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-8410
  • E-ISSN: 2520-3223



The first objective of the study was to determine whether there is a relationship between a test of learning potential, the Learning Potential Computerised Adaptive Test (LPCAT), and language proficiency as measured by the Proficiency Test English Second Language. The second objective was to establish whether learning potential and English language proficiency were predictors of the number of job-related training tests that respondents passed after job-related training. The sample consisted of 52 production employees at a polymers company. Strong relationships between learning potential and English language proficiency were confirmed by means of correlations representing medium to large effect sizes. No support was found for the hypotheses relating to the predictive validity of the LPCAT and the Proficiency Test English Second Language when the criteria were training results as defined in the present study.

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