Higher Education Institutions around Ireland will be accepting applications shortly for the Professional Master in 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 Dates: 8 & 9 & 15 & 16 February 2019
Examination venues: Maynooth University and in other centres nationwide (Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Kilkenny), subject to demand
Examination fee: €65
Application deadline: 11 January 2019.
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.
Will the oral exams take place in each centre on the list?
This is subject to demand. A minimum number of candidates is required for an exam to take place. Candidates are asked to choose two centres on the TEG application form. You will receive all relevant information about the TEG oral exam ten days before the exam.
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 results by post shortly after the 25 February 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.
If you do not achieve a mark of 65% or higher in the exam, you will have until the 4 March 2019 to appeal your result with the TEG office and your exam will be re-marked. This will cost €25. The final result will be discussed with candidates via email or over the phone. Finalised marks will be issued on the 11 March 2019. 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
*Marino Institute of Education uses the Maestro system to process applications