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Cognitive Linguistic Quick Test-Plus (CLQT+)

Quickly measure cognitive and linguistic strengths and weaknesses

By Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, ScD

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Age range
18 to 89 years
Administration time
15 to 30 minutes
Administration type
Individual; Manual scoring

Leading neurobehavioral researcher and author, Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, ScD, designed the criterion-referenced Cognitive Linguistic Quick Test (CLQT) to assist you in quickly assessing strengths and weaknesses in five cognitive domains (Attention, Memory, Executive Functions, Language, and Visuospatial Skills). Now, the CLQT+ adds an important element - an optional new administration path for people with aphasia. Including one new semantic comprehension task and scoring for several elements within the current tasks, the CLQT+ gives you:

  • more flexibility in your administration
  • clearer interpretation for people with aphasia
  • the same foundation for a quick, reliable cognitive assessment at table or bedside
  • an effective tool for English speaking adults with known or suspected neurological impairment as a result of stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia.
Items & Pricing
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ISBN Title User Level Price
9780158008141 CLQT+ Complete Kit
includes: CLQT Examiner's Manual, CLQT+ Manual Supplement, CLQT+ Stimulus Book, CLQT+ Record Forms (Pack of 25), Response Booklets (Pack of 25), Symbol Cancellation/Trails Transparencies
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9780158008196 CLQT+ Stimulus Book B $219.00 Login to purchase
9780158008189 CLQT+ Record/Response Forms Combo (Pack of 25 each) B $177.00 Login to purchase

The new CLQT+ forms can be used with the original CLQT kit as the traditional administration hasn't changed.

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Technical Information

Technical Information

CLQT+ offers two standard administration paths - a Traditional Administration and an Aphasia Administration. Whether you administer at bedside or in an office, the tasks administered for each path are slightly different:

Traditional Administration

Aphasia Administration

  • Personal Facts
  • Symbol Cancellation
  • Confrontation Naming
  • Clock Drawing
  • Story Retelling
  • Symbol Trails
  • Generative Naming
  • Design Memory
  • Mazes
  • Design Generation
  • Personal Facts
  • Symbol Cancellation*
  • Confrontation Naming
  • Clock Drawing
  • Story Retelling
  • Symbol Trails*
  • Generative Naming
  • Design Memory
  • Mazes*
  • Design Generation
  • Semantic Comprehension


*Additional points scored for following auditory directions within this task for the Aphasia Administration.

Users and Applications

The CLQT+ can be used by:

  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Psychologists/Neuropsychologists
  • Other qualified professionals interested in a quick measure of cognitive/linguistic status

Use the CLQT+ test:

  • as part of a larger screening/assessment process
  • for intervention planning and progress monitoring

The CLQT+ is particularly suited for several special uses:

  • Progress monitoring - Because of its brief administration time, the CLQT+ may be used at intervals in recovery to show progress. In particular, the Clock Drawing task may be used descriptively as a "mini-screen" of cognitive status -every few days to a week in recovery or at an interval of at least two months with cognitive decline, such as dementia.

  • Driving assessments - Occupational therapists and related professionals may use the CLQT+ as part of a larger assessment process on driving readiness, to quickly assess cognitive skills needed for safe and successful vehicle operation.

  • Competency assessment - Now with the Aphasia Administration, individuals with language impairment/aphasia can show cognitive ability levels apart from a language disorder.

  • Research - In adults with multiple types of neurological impact (e.g., TBI, stroke, neurodegenerative disease), professionals may use the CLQT+ due to its comprehensive focus in connection with its efficient administration time for patients of all severity levels.

Psychometric Information

Original CLQT

One pilot (n=13) and three studies (n=92, 154, and 119, respectively) established the reliability and validity of the CLQT. Criterion cut scores, domain scores, and severity ratings were developed from these data sets along with the author's clinical expertise.

Aphasia sample (CLQT+)

One clinical study including 76 individuals diagnosed with aphasia associated with left hemisphere strokes were given the revised version of the CLQT. Consistent with the original CLQT data, scores have been provided for two age groups: ages 18–69 and ages 70–89. In general, as expected, average task scores are lower for the aphasia sample compared to the nonclinical sample.


Assessing Cognition using the Cognitive Linguistic Quick Test
CLQT is a proven and reliable measure for quickly assessing strengths and weakness in five cognitive domains (attention, memory, executive functioning, language and visuospatial skills). The new “plus” version of this well-established assessment allows for an administration path for clients with aphasia.
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