• TEG & PME (Primary Teaching)

    TEG & PME (Primary Teaching)

    Institutions of Education around Ireland will be recruiting in winter 2020 for the Professional Master in Education (PME - Primary Teaching) which will commence in September 2021. As part of the entry process, applicants are required to take the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) Irish-language oral examination.  Applicants must achieve 65% or higher in this oral examination to satisfy entry requirements. Further information and sample exam papers are available below.

    Exam Date: TEG Oral exams for 2021: 22 & 23 January 2021; 5 & 6 February 2021

    Exam venue:  Donegal, Castlebar, Galway, Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Kilkenny, Maynooth (subject to demand)

    Fee: €100

    Application Deadline: Open for applications i October 2020, deadline to be confirmed.

    Frequently asked questions

    Which institutions of education will be using TEG Intermediate 1 (B1) as a competency language exam for the PME?

    • DCU Institute of Education
    • Froebel Department, Maynooth University
    • Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
    • Marino Institute of Education

    Do I have to take the full TEG exam?

    No, candidates are only required to take the oral exam in this instance

    I have a degree in Irish. Do I have to do this exam?

    Yes, everybody who applies for the PME (Primary Education) must take this oral exam. 

    I passed a TEG exam last year. Will this be accepted?

    The following TEG certificates from 2019 or 2020 will be accepted:

    • TEG Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) with a mark of 65% or higher, 
    • a pass or higher at TEG Meánleibhéal 2 (B2),
    • or a pass or higher at TEG Ardleibhéal 1 (C1)

    If you have a TEG certificate which meets these criteria, you can upload this to the PAC/Maestro* application system along with your transcripts and other certificates as part of your application to the programme.

    What happens on the day of the exam?

    We encourage you to read the above exam guidelines carefully.

    What happens after the exam?

    You will receive your results by email 6-8 weeks fter the exam.

    If you achieve over 65% in the exam, you must upload a copy of the TEG result to the PAC/Maestro* system, as part of your PME application. The relevant institution of education will be in touch with you in due course.

    If you are not successful in the exam, you will have a specific length of time (to be confirmed)  in which to appeal your result with the TEG office. Further information below. 

    If I pass the oral exam will I get a TEG certificate?

    Should you achieve 50% or higher in the oral exam, you will receive a Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge certificate (Partial Certification) which will show that you have achieved Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) in spoken Irish. Please note that you must achieve 65% or higher to be eligible to move forward in the admissions process for the PME.

    I’m unhappy with my examination grade or I have query in relation to my examination grade or performance. What are my options?

    Candidates who are dissatisfied with their grade from a TEG examination, or who have queries in relation to their grade, can avail of the following options: 

    (a) Additional Feedback 
    (b) Appeal 

    Please see below for a definition of these mechanisms. 

    (a) Appeal 

    An appeal is where a candidate formally requests the maker of a formal decision, or a person acting on their behalf, to review that decision, i.e. to reconsider the formal decision in light of concerns expressed by the appellant under one or more of the grounds of appeal below. This request must be made using the correct form, and the form and fee must be received by TEG by a specific date, to be confirmed. 

    The grounds for appeal of an examination grade are as follows: 

    Evidence of substantive irregularity in the conduct of the examination; 
    Evidence of substantive bias by one or more of the examiners in arriving at a decision; 
    Clear and comprehensive evidence that the grade received is inaccurate. 


    Disappointment with an assessment result or a view that a higher mark should have been obtained does not constitute valid grounds for appeal. 
    Complaints about individuals or about the established procedures do not constitute grounds for an appeal. 
    A decision that has previously been reviewed or appealed cannot be appealed on the same grounds again. 

    Where an appeal application does not satisfy the grounds for appeal, the appellant is not eligible for a refund. Therefore, all candidates are advised to give careful consideration to the grounds above before making an appeal application. 

    If an application for appeal is granted, the relevant elements of the candidate’s effort will be remarked by a TEG examiner who was not involved in the first marking. In the case of PME applicants, TEG will make every effort to process appeal applications by relevant deadlines for PME applications. 

    The fee for an appeal is as follows: 

    Oral examination: €80 

    In the event that an appeal results in an increase in a candidate’s grade, the candidate should contact TEG in order to arrange for a refund of this fee. 

    To download an Appeal application form, click here. (Process now closed for PME candidates)

    To make a payment for an Appeal, click here. (Process now closed for PME candidates)

    (b) Additional Feedback 

    Any candidate wishing to receive further formative feedback in relation to their performance in an examination can make a formal request for Additional Feedback. This request must be made using the correct form, and the form and fee must be received by TEG by a specific date after the PME B1 exam (to be confirmed). 

    Important: Additional Feedback is intended to be formative in nature and to aid the candidate’s development as a language learner. It is not part of and does not inform any part of the Appeal process. 

    Fee for Additional Feedback for the Oral examination: €80 

    As part of Additional Feedback, a TEG examiner will review the relevant elements of the candidate’s effort in detail and compile a comprehensive report based on this. The report will include the following: strengths and positives; points for improvement; a catalogue of the most common and serious linguistic errors made by the candidate; advice on further study and a list of resources and recommendations to aid the candidate’s development. The candidate should receive a copy of this report within 5-6 weeks of making the application. 

    To download an Additional Feedback application form, click here (Process will open for PME candidates when all results have been issued). 

    To make a payment for Additional Feedback, click here. Process will open for PME candidates when all results have been issued). 

    If I plan to apply for the PME in 2021, could I take the B1 exam during the summer?

    Certainly.  A TEG B1 certificate from Summer 2020 with a mark of 65% or over in the oral exam will be accepted as part of the PME application process in 2021 and 2022.  TEG Certificates are valid for a two year period.  For further information about our summer exam schedule, click here.  

    Will the exam fee be refunded if I am successful in the exam?

    No. The exam fee is non-refundable.

    If you have any queries about the TEG exam, please email teanga@mu.ie or call 01 708 6417.  

    If you have any queries about the PME programme, you should make direct contact with the relevant institution:

    DCU Institute of Education, St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.  ioe@dcu.ie 01-8842212   
    Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University  froebel.department@mu.ie   01-4747400
    Anne-Marie Hannon, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Rd, Limerick. admissions@mic.ul.ie 061-204929
    Eimear Breathnach, Admissions Officer, Institute of Education, Marino, Dublin 9. admissions@mie.ie 01-8057742