Well, I finally bit the bullet and shelled out for a copy of the new and improved Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals 4-UK (CELF).
I used it for the first time yesterday and was generally quite impressed. It’s actually quite similar to version 3 to administer the core sub-tests. The only thing I wasn’t too sure about is that the item analysis for the Concepts and Directions section is no longer on the scoring form which I find a bit awkward. You can’t see at a glance if there’s a pattern to the errors a child makes, you have to go digging in test manual first. Having said that, the layout of the new scoring form is clearer and I think easier to record on. I did find the layout of the front pages a bit confusing first time out but that may just be lack of familiarity. I haven’t yet used any of the extension sub-tests for phonological awareness and working memory but, at a cursory glance, they look to be very useful. If you’re looking for a very comprehensive language assessment, the CELF is probably what you’re looking for. I would, however, see if anyone you know has one you can borrow before you buy it as it is very expensive!