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What is the CELDT?

The California English Language Development Test is a required state and federal test.  School districts must give a test to students whose primary language is not English.  In California, this test is the CELDT.  


What is the purpose of the CELDT?

The purpose of this test is to:

◗ Identify English learners in kindergarten through grade twelve
◗ Measure their skill level in English
◗ Check their progress in learning English each year


What does the CELDT cover?

The CELDT covers listening, speaking, reading, and writing for all grades tested. The CELDT is based on California English language 
development standards, adopted by the State Board of Education.


How long does it take for students to complete the CELDT?

The CELDT is not a timed test. In kindergarten and grade one, each section of the test takes about 15 to 30 minutes for each student to 
complete. In grades two through twelve, the Speaking section takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The Listening, Reading, and Writing 
sections combined take about two hours. The Writing section may be divided into two sessions.


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