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Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals Preschool-3 Australian and New Zealand Standardised Edition (CELF P-3 A&NZ)

Elisabeth H. Wiig, Wayne A. Secord and Eleanor Semel

Evaluate aspects of language necessary for preschool children to transition to the classroom.

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What's changed?

Age range: 3 to 6 years 11 months

Qualification level: B

Year: 2021

Administration time: Level 1: 15-20 minutes. Entire test: variable

Administration type: Verbal response to stimulus picture

Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals® Preschool-3 Australian and New Zealand Standardised Edition (CELF-P3A&NZ) enables you to assess the language skills that are the building blocks needed for success in the classroom. This new edition includes everything you loved about the CELF-P2, plus more enhancements that benefit you and the children you test!

The only assessment with Australian and New Zealand norms to diagnose and intervene early.

The digital version via Q-interactive, Q-global and the COVIU add-on can only be purchased in September when the product is officially released.

Download the CELF-P3 - Digital and Print options.


Online exclusive deal - CELF-P3A&NZ Kit and Mastery Training at $1700

Save $150 when you pre-order the kit and mastery bundle*

The CELF-P3A&NZ Complete Kit plus Mastery Training includes the complete CELF-P3A&NZ kit and attendance at an upcoming session of the Mastery workshop. This kit has been designed to support you with the tools and training to ensure you are a master of assessing pre-schoolers' language skills

Upon the purchase of the Mastery Training, a Pearson representative will be in contact within two business days to arrange for your attendance at an upcoming Mastery session. Current dates can be found here.

*Note that payment will be taken at point of purchase and you will only receive the kit in September.


Scores/Interpretation: Core language score; receptive and expressive language index scores; expressive language, language content, and language structure index scores; standard scores, percentile ranks, age equivalents, and growth scores.

Scoring options: Q-interactive® Web-based Administration and Scoring, Q-global™ Scoring & Reporting or Manual Scoring

Norms: 367 preschool-age children ages 3:0 to 6:11

CELF-P3A&NZ Training

As speech-language pathologists (SLPs), helping young children to communicate to the best of their ability is rewarding, but it often comes as a challenge with staying up to date on the latest industry developments or best practice in test administrations.

That’s why we’ve created a comprehensive virtual workshop series to support SLPs in determining whether preschool children have the language skills necessary to make the transition to the classroom. From reviewing of current assessments trends to practical strategies in supporting the needs of these children and their families, we can help you build your experience and make data-driven decisions with confidence.

View dates and further information about the virtual workshop series

CELF Preschool-3 A&NZ features all of the benefits of CELF-Preschool-2 plus:

  • Updated norms, test items and art
  • Digital options using Q-global® or Q-interactive®
  • New connected Speech subtest and Pragmatics Activities Checklist
  • Two new index scores help you determine if a child has the language skills needed to transition to the classroom
  • Academic Language Readiness index
  • Emerging Literacy index
  • New growth scales values


Test Content

Subtests with scaled scores:

  • Sentence Comprehension
  • Word Structure
  • Expressive Vocabulary
  • Following Directions
  • Recalling Sentences
  • Basic Concepts
  • Word Classes
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Descriptive Pragmatics Profile
  • Emerging Literacy Rating Scale

Subtests with criterion score and/or descriptive information:

  • Connected Speech Sample
  • Pragmatic Activities Checklist


Subtest and Index scaled scores, percentile ranks, age equivalents, and growth scale values

  • Core Language Score
  • Receptive Language Index
  • Expressive Language Index
  • Language Content Index
  • Language Structure Index
  • Academic Language Readiness Index
  • Emerging Literacy Index

Test Content

Did you change the pictures of the telephone and get rid of the calculator and newspaper??

Yes, all of those are deleted from the new test.?


The standardisation version looks a lot like the CELF Preschool-2. What is new??

  • Updated test items (no more calculator, stamps, or newspaper) and new normative data?
  • New digital test administration options (via Q-global and Q-interactive) for face-to-face administration and telepractice.?
  • New supplemental subtests (Connected Speech and Pragmatics Activities Checklist)?
  • New index scores: Academic Language index and Emerging Literacy index
  • New screening test and digital scoring (sold separately)?


CELF Preschool-2 did not provide much of an opportunity to obtain information about spontaneous speech? Is CELF Preschool-3A&NZ the same??

The new test includes a Connected Speech subtest using a story retell format. Use the No Juice! book to tell the child the story, then ask him or her to retell the story. Compare the morphosyntactic forms used in the Connected Speech sample to those on the Word Structure subtests.?


Will the CELF Preschool-3A&NZ Screening Test also be available as a digital assessment??

It will be available on Q-global, on Q-interactive and as a COVIU add-on.


What if I am a Q-interactive user with a Standard or Speech licence??

CELF Preschool-3 will automatically appear on Standard and Speech licences after publication. Scoring and reporting options will also appear in your Q-global account.


Use Cases

Do I have to administer a CELF Preschool-3A&NZ Screening before I use the CELF Preschool-3A&NZ??

That is up to you, and depends on the requirements or limitations at your work setting. If you conduct mass screenings, one advantage to using the CELF Preschool-3A&NZ Screening Test if you plan to follow up with the child by administering CELF Preschool-3A&NZ is that you can take the examinee's responses from the Screening and write them (or just the scores) on the CELF Preschool-3A&NZ record form and skip those questions during the test administration (so the child does not have to take the items twice). But you can certainly choose to use any screening tool before administering the CELF Preschool-3A&NZ. ?


What if I used a PLS-5 Screening Test to screen? Can I follow up with CELF Preschool-3A&NZ??

You can certainly follow up with any diagnostic assessment after using a PLS-5 Screening protocol. However, if you use an assessment other than CELF Preschool-3A&NZ, you would not be able to transfer responses from the screening test.