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Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals | Fifth Edition

(CELF-5)

The Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals® | Fifth Edition (CELF®-5) offers a robust assessment of pragmatics using observations and interactive activities.

Scoring Options:

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

Age range:
5:0 –21:11
Publication date:
Fall, 2013
Qualification level:
B
Completion time:

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

Administration:

Verbal response to picture stimuli 

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

Tips on using this test in your telepractice.

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.

 

  • CELF-5 Observational Rating Scales

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  • CELF-5 Reading and Writing Supplement - Ages 8-10

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  • CELF-5 Digital Stimulus Book Q-global

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  • CELF-5 Digital Examiners Manual Q-global

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  • CELF-5 Q-global Score Reports

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  • CELF-5 Digital Kit on Q-global

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    Includes CELF-5 Digital Examiner's Manual on Q-global, CELF-5 Digital Technical Manual on Q-global , CELF-5 Digital Stimulus Book on Q-global, and paper forms, including CELF-5 Record Form 1 Ages 5-8 (15), CELF-5 Record Form 2 Ages 9-21 (15), CELF-5 Reading and Writing Supplement 1 (Ages 8-10) (10), CELF-5 Reading and Writing Supplement 2 (Ages 11-21) (10), CELF-5 Observational Rating Scale (50)

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  • CELF-5 Scoring 5-Year Subscription

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  • CELF-5 Observational Rating Scales

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  • CELF-5 Record Forms - Ages 5-8

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  • CELF-5 Reading and Writing Supplement - Ages 8-10

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  • CELF-5 Reading and Writing Supplement - Ages 11-21

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  • CELF-5 Complete Kit without case

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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

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  • CELF-5 Complete Kit with case

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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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  • CELF-5 Kit without Case and CELF-5 Screening Test Kit

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    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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    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)]

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  • CELF-5 Examiner's Manual (print)

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  • CELF-5 Stimulus Book 1 (print)

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Product Details

The new CELF-5 is a comprehensive battery of 16 standalone tests that provides a streamlined, flexible and interactive approach to language assessment.

Benefits

  • Compare written skills to oral language skills.
  • Assess reading comprehension, structured writing, and social language skills.
  • Report standard scores, percentile ranks, and growth scale values for the Pragmatics Profile.

Features

CELF-5 provides highly accurate diagnostic information with updated normative data.

  • Automatically converted total raw scores to test scaled scores, percentile ranks, age equivalents and growth scale values.
  • Automatically converted sums of scaled scores to composite scores.
  • Full set of paper record forms, reading and writing supplements, and observational rating scales.
  • 24/7 secure, web-based access on desktop or laptop, ideal for telepractice.
  • Item analysis of performance on individual tests.
  • Graphical and narrative reporting data.
  • New normative data based on the March 2010 U.S. Census.

Samples

Score reports automatically convert total raw scores to test scaled scores, percentile ranks, age equivalents, and growth scale values

 

Resources

FAQs

FAQs

Select a question below to see the response.

CELF-5

What does CELF-5 have in common with previous editions of CELF?

Age range: 5:0 through 21:11 (Except 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 in CELF-5 compared to previous editions?

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 renamed 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 that 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 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 sentences 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 Skills  

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 (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.

 

Webinars

The following training events are available for CELF-5.