Higher Education Institutions around Ireland are currently accepting applications for the Professional Master of Education (PME - Primary Teaching) due to commence in September 2019. As part of the entry process, applicants will be 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, sample exam papers and the online application form are available below.
A. Examination guidelines
B. Sample Exam 1 and Sample Exam 2
C. Chief Examiner's Report
D. Application Form for Higher Education Institutions, TEG Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) Oral Exam
Exam Date: 2 March 2019
Examination venues: Maynooth University only
Examination fee: €65
Application deadline: Applications will be accepted online from Monday 18 February - Friday 22 February. Applications will not be accepted after 5pm on that day.
Frequently asked questions
Which institutions of education will be using TEG Intermediate 1 (B1) as a competency oral 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 examination?
No. For PME applications, you are only required to take the oral exam at Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) level.
I have a degree in Irish. Do I have to take the TEG exam?
Yes. All PME applicants are required to take the Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) oral examination.
I passed a TEG exam last year. Will this be accepted?
A TEG certificate at Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) with a mark of 65% or higher, a pass or higher at Meánleibhéal 2 (B2), or a pass or higher at Ardleibhéal 1 (C1), will be accepted from candidates who passed those exams in 2017 or 2018. If you have a certificate which meets these criteria, you can upload this to 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 oral exam?
We encourage you to read the above exam guidelines carefully.
What happens after the oral exam?
You will receive your result by post shortly after the 7 March 2019.
If you achieve a mark of 65% or higher in the exam, you must upload a copy of the TEG result to the PAC/Maestro system, as part of your application. The relevant institution of education will be in touch with you in due course.
I'm not happy with my result. What can I do?
If you do not achieve a mark of 65% or higher in the exam, you will have until 5 pm on the 13 March 2019 to appeal your result with the TEG office and your exam will be re-marked. This will cost €35, payable by cheque or postal order. Finalised marks will be issued within a week of the appeal. If your mark is changed, and if it is decided to award you 65%, you can then upload a copy of the result to the PAC/Maestro* system as part of your application. The relevant institution of education will be in contact in due course.
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 have to achieve 65% or higher to be eligible to move forward in the admissions process for the PME.
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 this exam, please email email@example.com or call 01 708 6417.
If you have any queries about the PME course, you should make direct contact with the relevant institution:
DCU Institute of Education, St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. firstname.lastname@example.org 01-8842212
Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University email@example.com 01-4747400
Anne-Marie Hannon, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Rd, Limerick. firstname.lastname@example.org 061-204929
Eimear Breathnach, Admissions Officer, Institute of Education, Marino, Dublin 9. email@example.com 01-8057742