About the Measure

Domains Language
Subscales Receptive and expressive subscales. Scores for separate scales which vary significantly in reliability and validity
Target Construct Oral language: Expressive and receptive language skills
Description The CELF-Preschool 2UK is a reliable and valid test for the diagnosis and classification of language disorders in young children. It contains interesting, age-appropriate, full-colour pictures to hold the child's attention and is now easier to use and administer.
Test Authors Wiig, E. H., Secord, W. & Semel, E.
Publisher Pearson (2006)

Implementation details

Respondent Child
Prior knowledge Required Psychologists , speech or occupational therapists, mental health professionals and health practitioners with appropriate Graduate and professional qualifications in their field of practice.
Scoring Subscales vary in transparency of scoring. Instructions and criteria stated
Time 15 to 20 minutes
Age 3 years to 6 years

Psychometric details

UK norms YES
Norm / Criterion referenced Both
Standardisation sample 486 (UK)
Reliability Test-retest ranged from 0.77 to 0.96 (for ages 3 to 3,11) and 0.74-0.95 (for ages 4 to 4,11). Cronbach's alphas ranged 0.77 to 0.95. Inter rater reliability ranged 0.95 to 0.97
Criterion validity Co-normed with PLS-4 and CELF-4
Construct validity Core language has a high correlation with other composites ranging from 0.85 to 0.93. Receptive and expressive language correlate 0.76
Concurrent validity The study conducted to compare the CELF-5 with the CELF-4 consisted of 1000 typically developing students between the ages of 5-16. Correlations between overall scores and index scores were high and ranged from .78 - .92.