TALPS minimises risk for prospective PhD students at the Potchefstroom Business School
ICELDA’s Test of Academic Literacy for Postgraduate Students (TALPS), already used widely both for the placement of postgraduate students as well as, within certain parameters, part of the decision about access to such study, has now been adopted by the Potchefstroom Business School (PBS). The School, part of North-West University (NWU), has recently won international accreditation for its master of business administration degree by the UK-based Association of MBAs (AMBA).
After recently reviewing their selection process for the PhD, PBS has introduced TALPS in order to determine the level of risk that prospective PhD students have as a result of their ability to handle academic discourse at that level. As a result, some students may be advised to put plans into place to ensure that their ability to handle academic language is developed to a satisfactory level.
TALPS is already used in South Africa at the UFS and UP, as well as elsewhere, in conjunction with a variety of other (non-language) criteria to help with such decisions.