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Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals-Preschool-2 (CELF-Preschool-2)

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Supplemental: Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Short Description of Instrument
Alternative Language: A Spanish version of the test is available (CELF-Preschool-2- Spanish)
Comment: The Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals®-Preschool-2 (CELF
Preschool-2) language assessment is specifically designed for preschool aged children who will be in an academic-oriented setting. Scores yield five composite or standard scores: a receptive language score, an expressive language score, language content score, language structure score, and a core language score. There are four levels of assessment. Subtests include: Concepts and Following Directions, Word Structure, Expressive Vocabulary, Recalling Sentences, Sentence Structure, Basic Concepts, Recalling Sentences in Context, Word Classes and Phonological Awareness. Level 1 takes approximately 15–20 minutes and assesses the presence of a language disorder. Level 2 is used to describe the nature of the disorder. Level 3 evaluates early classroom and literacy fundamentals. Level 4 evaluates communication in context (pragmatics). The assessment can be tailored to a particular clinical or research question, and not all subtests need to be administered to preserve the technical properties of the index scores.
Time Estimate: Level 1: 15–20 minutes, Entire Test: variable, but generally takes 30to 45 minutes
Scoring Options: Manual Scoring or Scoring Assistant Software
Vendor: Pearson/PsychCorp, P.O. Box 599700, San Antonio, TX 78259
Comments/Special Instructions
Examiners should have training in administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical instruments or use the Scoring Assistant Software. Administration time is variable. The Spanish version offers Manual Scoring only. Therefore, examiners should have training in administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical instruments. Administration time is also variable.
This test is for ages 3:0–6:11 years.
Scoring Estimate: Variable, Level 1: 15–20 minutes; entire test: 30–45 minutes
Primary Dependent Measure: Core Language Score
Secondary Dependent Measures: Receptive Language Index, Expressive Language Index, Language Content Index, Language Structure Index, Individual subtests
Standardized scores (mean = 100, standard deviation = 15) and scaled scores (mean = 10, standard deviation = 3).
Semel W, Wiig E, Secord W. (2004). Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals®-Preschool-2 (CELF®-Preschool-2) [Internet]. San Antonio, TX: Pearson Clinical, Inc. 2004 [cited 23 June 2016]. Available from:


Document last updated February 2018