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Specific CELF-5 Test Updates


Pragmatics Profile

The new CELF-5 now offers scaled scores (with a mean of 10 and standard deviation of 3) for students age 5-21 years. In addition, the Pragmatics Profile offers new information about social communication differences related to cultural/linguistic diversity and response processes. The administration directions for the Profile provide examples of appropriate responses students from Hispanic, African-American, Asian, and American Indian cultures

New! Pragmatics Activities Checklist

The Pragmatics Activities Checklist is a new test that can be used to evaluate a student’s social communication challenges. This test consists of interactive activities that you can use as “break” during testing or in a separate session. The test offers a choice of six social interaction activities. You choose three that you think will engage the student—activities such as having a snack together, recommending a gift for a person who is the same age as the student, or making a paper airplane or card together. You rate the nonverbal and verbal behaviors you observed after the session is over and the student has left the room. Examples of some nonverbal behaviors you may observe include:

  • Did not look where the speaker pointed
  • Did not look at object/person named by speaker
  • Did not coordinate gaze with speaker’s gaze
  • Did not respect the personal space of others when communicating

Norm-based criterion scores enable you to compare a student’s behaviors to typically developing students.

Written Language

CELF-5 includes two tests that provide a streamlined way of obtaining information about a student’s written language skills: Reading Comprehension and Structured Writing. These tests are available for students ages 8-21 years. In the Reading Comprehension test, the student reads two passages and answers questions related to main idea, details, making inferences, and sequence of events. These are the same areas tested in the Listening to Spoken Paragraphs test, which enables you to compare performance across oral and written modalities.

Structured Writing

The Structured Writing test features a writing task has an introductory sentence, followed by a partial sentence. The student completes the partial sentence, then writes 1 to 3 additional sentences. These tests provide you with initial information about the underlying language base of reading and writing information that enables you to begin conversations with the student’s classroom teacher and reading specialist about the student’s skills in the classroom.

CELF-4 Subtests Deleted from CELF-5

Market research conducted with customers showed strong interest in having more information about pragmatic language skills and written language. While certain CELF-4 subtests provided valuable information to answer questions about specific students, there were several tests used less frequently than the core subtests.

So that the CELF-5 battery would not consist of 23 subtests, the following subtests were deleted from CELF-5:

  • Working Memory tests: Number Repetition and Familiar Sequences. It is recommended that you work closely with a psychologist, who can work with you to thoroughly evaluate the effects of attention, working memory, and behavior on language processing. Language Memory tests are still included in the CELF-5 battery so that you can examine the effect of memory on language skills.
  • Word Definitions
  • Rapid Automatic Naming
  • Phonological Awareness

For more CELF-5 information, please visit CELF5Family.PearsonClinical.com

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