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Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals® - Fifth Edition
(CELF®-5)

 

Overview: The new CELF-5 is a flexible comprehensive assessment reflecting today’s diverse population

Age Range: 5:0 –21:11

Administration: Verbal response to picture stimuli

Completion Time: 30–45 minutes for the Core Language Score. Total assessment: variable

Scores/Interpretation: Core Language Score, Receptive Language, Expressive Language, Language Structure and Language Content standard scores, percentile ranks, growth scale values, and age equivalents.

Scoring Options: Q-global™ Web-based Administration, Scoring, and Reporting; and manual scoring

Telepractice: Tips on using this test in your telepractice

Publication Date: Fall, 2013

 
 
 

Product Details

The new CELF-5 is a comprehensive battery of tests that provides you with a streamlined, flexible approach to language assessment. It now offers a more robust assessment of pragmatics using observations and interactive activities. Also included are new written language tests, updated norms, and a scoring/reporting platform delivered on Q-global. Available in both traditional and digital editions, CELF-5 provides highly accurate diagnostic information with current normative data, reflecting today’s diverse population.

Features and Benefits

Battery of 16 stand-alone tests

  • Ten to eleven of the 16 tests are administered, depending on the student's age
  • New normative data based on the March 2010 U.S. Census Update
  • Modifications that reflect the results of multiple research phases and clinician feedback

New features to assess social language skills

  • Report standard scores, percentile ranks, and growth scale values for the Pragmatics Profile
  • Select one of six interactive tasks to rate behaviors observed during authentic communication activities using the Pragmatics Activities Checklist

Targeted assessment of written language

  • Assess Reading Comprehension and Structured Writing
  • Compare skills to oral language performance

Digital Manual and Stimulus Books option

  • All manuals (Examiner’s Manual, Technical Manual, and two Stimulus Books) are available on Q-global, our web-based system for scoring and reporting. Display the Manual or Stimulus Book on any web-enabled computer or tablet!
  • Includes a full set of paper Record Forms, Reading and Writing Supplements, and Observational Rating Scales
  • Ideal for telepractice!

Improved usability

  • Option of traditional or digital delivery on a desktop or laptop
  • All verbal stimuli and item analyses appear in the Record Form

Digital Options Available

Q-interactive

Q-interactive is Pearson's web- and iPad-based system for interactive, seamless assessment, scoring, and reporting. With Q-interactive, administer interactive assessments with an intuitive, portable system that uses two iPads connected by Bluetooth. The examinee views test stimuli on one iPad; you use the other iPad to access test administration directions and verbal stimuli, control visual stimuli, and record and score responses.
Your Q-interactive yearly speech license includes access to five assessments: CELF-5, GFTA-3, KLPA-3, GFTA-3 Spanish, and PPVT-4. You purchase individual test administrations.

Try Q-interactive for free with our 30 day trial. Learn more at HelloQ.com

Q-global

Q-global is Pearson's web-based system for accessing digital resources for assessment, scoring, and reporting. Use any web-enabled computer or tablet--ideal for face-to-face or telepractice assessments!

A CELF-5 Digital Kit is available (including a digital Stimulus Book, digital Manual, and paper record forms). Scoring is purchased separately. You have the option to purchase an unlimited-use 1-, 3-, or 5- year scoring subscription or individual score reports. Quantity discounts are available.

Important note: Each scoring subscription is per user and will begin on the date the first subscription from the order is allocated to the user(s) in the Q-global account.

Soon after you place your order, you will receive an email informing you that your CELF-5 digital Manual, Stimulus Book, and/or scoring are available on the Q-global platform. The paper Record Forms included in the Digital Kit will be shipped to you.

Learn more about Q-global pricing.

Other Pearson Clinical assessments available on Q-global include CELF-5 Metalinguistics, PPVT-4, EVT-2, GFTA-3, GFTA-3 Spanish, and KLPA-3. 

Scoring

Two options for scoring and reporting the CELF-5 are now available on Q-global.

The first option is to pay per-report. Customers who administer the CELF-5 only a few times each year, or those who want the flexibility to pay only as the assessment is used, may prefer this option.

The second option is to select an "unlimited use" subscription, where one user of the CELF-5 gets unlimited scoring and reporting for one, three, or five years depending on the selected term of the subscription. This may be a better option for customers who administer the CELF-5 several times each year—and don't want to worry about keeping track of their report expenses.

In addition to manual scoring, CELF-5 will be available on Q-global™, Pearson’s web-based scoring and reporting platform.

Q-global offers:

  • 24/7 secure, web-based access
  • Portability: Q-global can be used on mobile devices such as a laptop or tablet
  • On-demand, reliable scoring and comprehensive reporting solutions
  • Pricing on a per-report basis

CELF-5 Score Reports

  • Automatically converts total raw scores to test scaled scores, percentile ranks, age equivalents, and growth scale values
  • Automatically converts sums of scaled scores to composites scores, including the Core Language and numerous index scores
  • Provides an item analysis of performance on individual tests
  • Generates graphical and narrative reports

Reports

CELF-5 Q-global™ Sample Report

Q-global Unlimited-use Scoring Subscriptions Now Available!

Two pricing options are now available for CELF-5 scoring and reporting on Q-global. In addition to the current per-report price of $1.00, there is now an unlimited-use scoring and reporting subscription available at the following prices:

  • 1-year subscription - $35
  • 3-year subscription - $99
  • 5-year subscription - $149

Important note: Each subscription is per user for the CELF-5 only and will begin on the date of order processing unless otherwise requested.

Resources

Training

Upcoming Webinars

  • CELF-5: Test Features and Interpretation

    Presenter: Elisabeth Wiig, PhD

    Dr. Wiig focuses on analyzing the language, learning, and communication status of individuals, and creating effective intervention strategies for the acquisition and use of knowledge. While her particular emphasis is children and adolescents, she also addresses the needs of adults. She has authored six texts, five psychoeducational tests, and ten intervention programs — all used throughout the world. She has also published over 100 research articles and is a regular keynote speaker and presenter at national and international conferences. Dr. Wiig holds a Ph.D. from Case-Western University and was professor and department chair at Boston University for 17 years. Dr. Wiig was the 2001 recipient of the Frank Kleffner Lifetime Achievement Award and received Honors of the Association from the American Speech Language Hearing Association in 2005.

    Date: Sep 21, 2017  Time: 12:00 PM EDT  Register Now

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Pre-recorded Webinars

  • Using Digital Assessments to Evaluate Speech and Language Skills

    Presenter: James Henke and Jarett Lehner

    Many of today's students are "digital natives" who are attentive and engaged with presented with digital input. Digital assessments can provide streamlined test administration that is engaging for examinees, while automated scoring and reporting improves examiner efficiency and provides accurate test scores. This session will introduce clinicians to digital assessments available, compare assessment formats on Q-interactive and Q-global and provide an overview of the research supporting the equivalence of test results whether the test is delivered on paper or in a digital format.

    Date: Mar 30, 2017

    pdf PDF: Using Digital Assessments to Evaluate Speech and Language Skills

    link Video: Using Digital Assessments to Evaluate Speech and Language Skills

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  • Language Assessment in Early Childhood: CELF Preschool-2 and PLS-5 Case Studies

    Presenter: Adam Scheller, PhD

    The assessment of a child's language during the preschool years can be complex, not only due to variability in skill development, but also because of the differences between school and early childhood service criteria. By choosing an appropriate assessment battery based on strengths of the instrument, an SLP is often able to overcome the issue of qualifying children with different functional communication levels. During this webinar, participants will review best practice principles for early language assessment and learn how to choose between two widely-used comprehensive language batteries, the PLS-5 and CELF Preschool 2. Examples and analysis of common pre-schooler profiles will be provided through case studies.

    Date: Mar 23, 2017

    pdf PDF: Language Assessment in Early Childhood: CELF Preschool-2 and PLS-5 Case Studies

    link Video: Language Assessment in Early Childhood: CELF Preschool-2 and PLS-5 Case Studies

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  • The Metalinguistic Bridge: Paying the Toll for Classroom Success

    Presenter: Elisabeth Wiig, PhD, CCC-SLP, Wayne Secord, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    The ability to use one’s communication and language system as a tool is an essential aspect of school-age language competence. Students must be able to pay the toll at the “Metalinguistic Bridge” or risk being left behind. This program will provide a strong background on metalinguistic ability including (1) metalinguistic awareness, (2) stages of development, (3) performance difficulties and needs, and (4) strategies for improving metalinguistic skills and strategies. The seminar will conclude with an interesting case study example that utilizes effective classroom-based assessment and the CELF-5 Test of Metalinguistics (Wiig and Secord, 2014) to guide the intervention planning process. Participants who attend this program will leave with new perspectives on clinical and educational assessment as well as with practical strategies they can put to use right away. Join us for a truly engaging experience.

    Date: Apr 13, 2016

    link Video: The Metalinguistic Bridge: Paying the Toll for Classroom Success

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  • Answering Tough Questions about CELF-5 Interpretation

    Presenter: Elisabeth Wiig, PhD

    CELF-5 comprises part of a comprehensive assessment process for evaluating language disorders in school-age children. Using CELF-5, a clinician collects evidence about students' communication abilities in multiple contexts. This seminar provides clinicians the opportunity to ask the tough questions that arise when interpreting test results. Clinicians are encouraged to submit questions about specific cases or about specific tests or scores before the session.

    Date: Jun 16, 2015

    link Video: Answering Tough Questions about CELF-5 Interpretation

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  • Understanding CELF-5 Reliability & Validity to Improve Diagnostic Decisions

    Presenter: Adam Scheller, PhD

    Information in the Technical Manual —who reads that? In this webinar, participants will learn how knowing reliability and validity information can help clinicians reduce interpretation errors. The presenter will review standard error of measure (SEMs), statistically significant score differences, and the optimal cut score to obtain the best balance of sensitivity and specificity

    Date: Oct 21, 2014

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FAQs

Questions

Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.

CELF®-5

  • What is the same?

    Age range: 5:0 through 21:11 (exceptions: Reading Comprehension and Writing. Those are for ages 9:0 through 21:11.

    Index Scores Core Language, Content, Structure, Language Memory, Receptive Language, Expressive Language (there is no Written Language Index)

    Test Items on some tests

  • What has changed?

    Battery of tests: The CELF-5 is a battery of 16 tests (each age group takes 10 tests) Test Changes: Revisions: All of the tests have some revisions to the wording or artwork based on clinician feedback and research data

    Major revisions to the CELF-4 subtests include:

    • Splitting the Concepts and Following Directions subtests into two different tests
    • Word Classes: there is no longer an expressive portion of the test
    • Pragmatics Profile now reports scaled scores
    • Expressive Vocabulary, Word Associations, Rapid Automatic Naming, Number Repetition and Familiar Sequences have been deleted from the CELF-5.
    • New tests: Reading Comprehension and Writing
    • New Checklist: Pragmatic Activities Checklist (completed based on activity-based interaction with the student; is a deep dive into nonverbal and verbal behaviors that the student exhibits so that you can better plan intervention.
    • Basals, ceilings, raw score/scaled scores based on current research data

    Normative data

    • Based on current U.S. Census figures
    • Large minority population

Sentence Comprehension

  • Is this a new subtest? Is it something other than auditory comprehension at the sentence level rather than the paragraph level?

    It is not. The Sentence Structure test was re-named to better describe the construct being tested. It is auditory comprehension at the sentence level.

Following Directions

  • One reason I stopped using the CELF is that the Concepts and Following Directions subtest was so heavily dependent on a child having adequate attention and memory, it often pulled a score down far below what made sense for a child. Children who have adequate concept knowledge and language skills but poor attention are penalized by this subtest. How does the new FD subtest compare to the old CFD subtest?

    The CELF-5 splits Concepts and Following Directions into two different subtests. One focuses on comprehension of concepts; the other is a set of items that requires a child to point to pictures, following directions that are increasingly complex (1, 2, and 3 step commands.) Examples: “Before pointing to the last square, point to the first circle.”

    A student with a language disorder may have appropriate concept knowledge for his or her age, but experience difficulty in the classroom when he or she cannot integrate concept knowledge into increasingly long and complex directions typically given by teachers in the classroom. The difficulty may lie in understanding long complex directions and/or attention and memory deficits. You will need to work with the psychologist on your team to better understand the role of memory and attention that contribute to the child’s deficits in comprehending complex directions.

Formulated Sentences

  • While I understand with the rationale behind this subtest for measuring syntax skills, I have found that children who have poor attention (and therefore memory) score more poorly on this subtest than is indicated by their conversational syntax.

    The CELF-5 splits Concepts and Following Directions into two different subtests. One focuses on comprehension of concepts; the other is a set of items that requires a child to point to pictures, following directions that are increasingly complex (1, 2, and 3 step commands.) Examples: “Before pointing to the last square, point to the first circle.”

    There are two ways to look at a child’s morphosyntax abilities: Formulated Sentences and Recalling Sentences. Formulated Sentences gives you information about a child’s ability to construct a sentence without auditory cues; Recalling Sentences gives you information about a child’s ability to use his or her knowledge of linguistic rules--to repeat a long sentence, a child has to have mastery of the underlying grammatical structures rather than depend on memory alone. Having both tests enables you to do some differential diagnosis—is a child capable of producing a morphosyntactically complex sentence on his own, but not in a sentence repetition task (then it may be an attention or memory problem) or is the child unable to do either task well? If the latter is the case, memory and attention may not be the issues causing the problem.

    • Understanding Spoken Paragraphs
    • Word Definitions
    • Sentence Assembly
    • Semantic Relationships

Written Language (Reading Comprehension and Writing)

  • Is the age range for Reading and Writing the same as the other CELF-5 tests?

    9:0 through 21:11

  • Are the Reading and Writing subtests required to obtain composite scores for certain ages?

    They are not.

Core Language Scores

  • If a Core Language score of 64 is obtained when administering the CELF-4, should the CELF-4 then be administered in entirety to optimally identify strengths and weaknesses and if also being used to classify a student? Is the Core Language Standard Score ever sufficient in and of itself?

    The Core Language Score is the most reliable and sensitive indicator of the presence of a language disorder. When the Core Language Score is low, it seems prudent to administer all the standardized subtests of CELF-4 to identify potential patterns of strengths and weaknesses.

Pricing & Ordering

The Flash drive Kit and individual flash drives have been discontinued. See the Q-global tab for options such as the Digital Manual and Digital Stimulus Book.

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    Includes Examiner's Manual, Technical Manual, Stimulus Books (2), Record Form 1 (15), Record Form 2 (15), Reading and Writing Supplement 1 (10), Reading and Writing Supplement 2 (10), ORS Forms (50), CELF-5 luggage tag and softcase.
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    Includes Examiner's Manual, Technical Manual, Stimulus Books (2), Record Form 1 (15), Record Form 2 (15), Reading and Writing Supplement 1 (10), Reading and Writing Supplement 2 (10), ORS Forms (50), CELF-5 luggage tag
  • CELF-5 Kit with Case and CELF-5 Screening Test Kit
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    Includes CELF-5 Complete Kit with Case [Examiner's Manual, Technical Manual, Stimulus Books (2), Record Form 1 (15), Record Form 2 (15), Reading and Writing Supplement 1 (10), Reading and Writing Supplement 2 (10), ORS Forms (50), CELF-5 luggage tag and soft case] and CELF-5 Screening Test Complete Kit [Includes CELF-5 Screening Test Manual (with stimulus pages, administration and scoring information, and technical information) and CELF-5 Screening Test Record Forms (25)]
  • CELF-5 Kit without Case and CELF-5 Screening Test Kit
    0158036867
    $885.00
     
    Includes CELF-5 Complete Kit [Examiner's Manual, Technical Manual, Stimulus Books (2), Record Form 1 (15), Record Form 2 (15), Reading and Writing Supplement 1 (10), Reading and Writing Supplement 2 (10), ORS Forms (50), CELF-5 luggage tag] and CELF-5 Screening Test Complete Kit [Includes CELF-5 Screening Test Manual (with stimulus pages, administration and scoring information, and technical information) and CELF-5 Screening Test Record Forms (25)]
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  • CELF-5 Stimulus Book 1 (print)
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  • CELF-5 Stimulus Book 2 (print)
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  • CELF-5 Record Forms - Ages 5-8
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    Pkg 25
  • CELF-5 Reading and Writing Supplement - Ages 8-10
    0158036433
    $27.00
     
    Pkg 25
  • CELF-5 Reading and Writing Supplement - Ages 11-21
    015803645X
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  • CELF-5 Observational Rating Scales
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