Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals Preschool-3

CELF Preschool-3
Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals® Preschool-3 (CELF® Preschool-3) assesses aspects of language necessary for preschool children to meet the language demands of the classroom. Guidance on using this test in your telepractice.
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CELF Preschool-3 Q-global Screening Kit (Digital)
A103000185752 Qualification Level B

Includes CELF Preschool-3 Q-Global Screening Manual (Digital), Administration Directions (Digital), Stimulus Book (Digital), and Technical Information (Digital) and 25 Record Forms (Print). Once ordered, the digital assets are accessible by logging into Q-global and visiting the Q-global Resource Library. The stimulus book and manual are view-only digital files; the administration directions are downloadable.




Publication date:
Age range:

3:0 to 6:11


Core language score; receptive and expressive language index scores; expressive language, language content, and language structure index scores; standard scores, percentile ranks, age equivalents, and growth scores.

Qualification level:


Completion time:

Level 1: 15-20 minutes. Entire test: variable


Verbal response to stimulus picture

Scoring options:
Q-interactive® Administration and Scoring, Q-global® Scoring & Reporting or Manual Scoring

700 preschool-age children ages 3:0 to 6:11

Other languages:

See CELF Preschool-2 Spanish

Guidance on using this test in your telepractice

Product Details

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The new CELF-Preschool-3 is now available!

Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals® Preschool-3 (CELF® Preschool-3) enables you to assess the language skills that are the building blocks needed for success in the classroom. This new edition includes everything you loved about the CELF-Preschool-2, plus more enhancements that benefit you and the children you test!

What's changed? CELF Preschool-3 features all of the benefits of CELF®-Preschool-2 plus:

  • Updated norms, test items and art
  • Digital options using Q-global® or Q-interactive®
  • New connected Speech subtest and Pragmatics Activities Checklist
  • Two new index scores help you determine if a child has the language skills needed to transition to the classroom
    • Academic Language Readiness index
    • Emerging Literacy index

Test Content

Subtests with scaled scores:

  • Sentence Comprehension
  • Word Structure
  • Expressive Vocabulary
  • Following Directions
  • Recalling Sentences
  • Basic Concepts
  • Word Classes
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Descriptive Pragmatics Profile
  • Emerging Literacy Rating Scale

Subtests with criterion score and/or descriptive information:

  • Connected Speech Sample
  • Pragmatic Activities Checklist


Subtest and Index scaled scores, percentile ranks, age equivalents, and growth scale values

  • Core Language Score
  • Receptive Language Index
  • Expressive Language Index
  • Language Content Index
  • Language Structure Index
  • Academic Language Readiness Index
  • Emerging Literacy Index


Find out how to use this test in your telepractice.

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CELF Preschool-3 on Q-interactive at a Glance:

Available With

  • Standard, Speech, Classroom, & Experiential Licenses

Subtest Pricing

Scoring and Reporting

  • Score Report
  • Excel Report

Materials Needed

Benefits of CELF Preschool-3 on Q-interactive

  • Listen to your client's responses after the assessment session via our audio recording feature.
  • Improve accuracy of test scores thanks to automated scoring and automated start points and discontinue rules.
  • Increase children's attention and engagement when interacting with you using their iPad
  • Obtain scaled scores immediately after finishing a subtest, to increase scoring speed and accuracy.
  • Automatically generate score reports that include item analyses.

How Can I Buy CELF Preschool-3 on Q-interactive?

New customers:

Annual Q-interactive licenses can be purchased using our online order form or by calling Customer Support at 1-800-627-7271. See the Q-interactive pricing tab for more information on license options.

Current Q-interactive customers:

If you want to add the CELF-5 to your account, visit our online order form and select the "Add test(s) to existing account" option. You may also call Customer Support at 1-800-627-7271.



Test Content

Did you change the pictures of the telephone and get rid of the calculator and newspaper?​

Yes, all of those are deleted from the new test.​

The standardization version looks a lot like the CELF Preschool-2. What is new?​

  • Updated test items (no more calculator, stamps, or newspaper) and new normative data​
  • New digital test administration options (via Q-g and Q-i) for face-to-face administration and telepractice.​
  • New supplemental subtests (Connected Speech and Pragmatics Activities Checklist)​
  • New index scores: Academic Language index and Emerging Literacy index
  • New screening test and digital scoring (sold separately)​

CELF Preschool-2 did not provide much of an opportunity to obtain information about spontaneous speech? Is CELF Preschool-3 the same?​

The new test includes a Connected Speech subtest using a story retell format. Use the No Juice! book to tell the child the story, then ask him or her to retell the story. Compare the morphosyntactic forms used in the Connected Speech sample to those on the Word Structure subtests.​

What are the two digital options offered for CELF Preschool-3?
What am I buying?



A digital kit, which includes

  • A digital Manual, a digital Stimulus Book and paper Record Forms (25). All the digital materials are housed on the Q-global platform in the Resource Library
  • Download and print the Administration Directions.
  • Display stimulus pictures on a web-enabled tablet or computer.
  • Write responses on a record form.
  • Purchase scoring separately or hand-score the examinee's responses
  • There is no license fee

A yearly license fee per user provides access to all the speech and language tests on the platform. These include: CELF-5, PPVT-5, EVT-3, GFTA-3, GFTA-3 Spanish, KLPA-3, CELF Preschool-3 (when published.)

  • The tests run on two iPads connected by Bluetooth (one iPad for the examiner; one for the examinee)
  • The examiner iPad provides the test stimuli you say to the examinee and correct responses; the examinee sees the test stimuli on his or her iPad. At the end of a subtest, the test scores are provided automatically as well as a score report.​
  • Pay $1.50 per subtest in a test battery; $4.50 for single subtest tests and GFTA-3. Administration, scoring, and reporting are seamless and integrated-you can obtain test scores and a score report at the completion of testing.​
What equipment do I need?



  • Face-to- face test administration: Any web-enabled tablet or computer​
  • Telepractice (remote administration): computer with teleconferencing application (secure transmission with encryption, i.e, AdobeConnect) ​
  • Face-to-face test administration: Two iPads*​
  • Telepractice (remote administration):
    • two iPads with a mirroring app
    • a computer with a secure teleconferencing application
Do I need internet access?​



YesYes, to set up the assessment protocol you want to use. Once the test is uploaded to your iPads, you do not need internet access to administer tests​.
Using either platform…

You control the testing pace and presentation of test stimuli. ​


Will the CELF Preschool-3 Screening Test also be available as a digital assessment?​

It will be available on Q-global, but not on Q-interactive.

What if I am a Q-interactive user with a Standard or Speech license?​

CELF Preschool-3 will automatically appear on Standard and Speech licenses after publication. Scoring and reporting options will also appear in your Q-global account.

Use Cases

Do I have to administer a CELF Preschool-3 Screening before I use the CELF Preschool-3?​

That is up to you, and depends on the requirements or limitations at your work setting. If you conduct mass screenings, one advantage to using the CELF Preschool-3 Screening Test if you plan to follow up with the child by administering CELF Preschool-3 is that you can take the examinee's responses from the Screening and write them (or just the scores) on the CELF Preschool-3 protocol and skip those questions during the test administration (so the child does not have to take the items twice). But you can certainly choose to use any screening tool before administering the CELF Preschool-3. ​

What if I used a PLS-5 Screening Test to screen? Can I follow up with CELF Preschool-3?​

You can certainly follow up with any diagnostic assessment after using a PLS-5 Screening protocol. However, if you use an assessment other than CELF Preschool-3, you would not be able to transfer responses from the screening test.



The following training events are available for CELF Preschool-3.

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