Description of test
CELSA consists of two different forms with passages from beginning,
intermediate and advanced
levels. The forms are equivalent and designed to measure understanding
of meaning in a
context, as well as grammatical ability. CELSA was developed for the
purpose of placing adult
students of English as a Second Language (ESL) into different language
ability levels in
The forms utilize a 75 question, four-choice multiple choice cloze format.
Students do no
writing. The distractors (wrong choices) reflect mistakes made frequently
by adult second
language learners at each ability level. Each passage involves common
by students and encountered in most teaching materials.
CELSA will place students into seven levels of proficiency from low
beginning to advanced
plus. Cronbach Coefficient Alpha reliabilities for CELSA 1 and CELSA
2 are high: .95,.95
and the forms correlate .90. Suggested cut-off scores for a seven level
program are 1-20,
21-30, 31-39, 40-48, 49-57, 58-66, 67-75. The CELSA Userís Guide provides
of the seven levels. ESL programs modify the cut-off scores to fit their
number of levels offered.
CELSA can be used to test students in open enrollment adult education,
university, and high school English as a second language or foreign
CELSA measures language skills, primarily reading and grammar in a context.
CELSA is not
a life skills discrete point test measuring students abilities to read
a thermometer, a pricetag, etc.
CELSA places students into multiple skill, grammar (structure), and
classes. Many colleges have also reported a high correlation between
the CELSA score and
holistically scored essays, allowing for CELSA scores to also place
students into ESL writing courses.
CELSA is not suitable for pre-literate students.
Frequently asked questions
Who can take the test?
Adults and high school students in programs using ESL/EFL materials.
How long is it?
Instructions: 15 minutes; test: 45 minutes; scoring: seconds.
What materials are needed?
Test booklets, answer sheets, pencils, timer, answer keys. Dictionaries
are not allowed.
When to test again?
After 2 1/2 months for the same form. Otherwise, use alternate forms.
Is form 1 easier?
No, form 1 and form 2 are different, but equal.
Are the tests reliable and valid?
Yes. In addition, the tests have been researched and shown to be free
culture, gender and age bias.
Can we go over the answers with the students?
No. Standardized tests are not teaching tools. The validity and reliability
of the tests
will be destroyed. Also, do not return corrected answer sheets to students.
Can we change or adapt the test passages or items?
No, these tests have taken years to develop. It is not legal, to change
the test items.
What kind of computer options are available?
There are a few computer options available. You can scan and score paper/pencil
run the CELSA on PC computers (Window's program). You can even integrate
types of test results into common student databases that you can create
and use to produce
customizable reports for a complete assessment and placement system.
please feel free to contact us at ACTT
Association of Classroom Teacher
Phone (805) 965-5704 FAX (805) 965-5807
1187 Coast Village Rd. Suite 1 #378
Montecito, CA 93108
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