Why Learning Ability is Important in the Workplace
Learning ability (sometimes called "learnability") is a key trait in the workplace for obvious reasons: being able to learn the responsibilities, systems, and procedures associated with a role is important for just about any job. A candidate's learnability is closely related to their potential, trainability, and overall cognitive aptitude. Cognitive aptitude also happens to be one of the best predictors of future success in a job.
While learning ability is important when assessing if a candidate can take to the initial job training, it is also essential for dynamic jobs where employees are routinely required to learn and apply new information, skills, and ideas. It's a quality that is predictive of success throughout the entire length of an employee's tenure in a position, which means that it helps to predict long-term success.
The Criteria Basic Skills Test (CBST) is one test that assesses basic learning ability. The CBST is a 20 minute, 40-item assessment that measures basic math and verbal skills, attention to detail, and overall trainability. The test can be helpful for reducing turnover by identifying applicants who are capable of doing the job and can take to the training quickly.
The Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test is an aptitude test that also assesses learnability. The CCAT is a 15-minute, 50-item multiple choice test that measures learning ability as well as problem-solving and critical thinking skills.