• Welcome to Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge



    Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) provides a series of general Irish language proficiency examinations and qualifications for adult learners of Irish. TEG exams give candidates an opportunity to show their ability in speaking, listening, reading and writing Irish at different levels, from absolute beginner to intermediate and advanced levels.

    Exams are offered at five levels at present and are taken each year by candidates with various levels of fluency. These have included:

    • adult learners taking part in a Dublin evening course, returning to the study of Irish for the first time since 1970;      
    • Irish language tutors at an Irish university;
    • County council staff from KerryGalwayTipperary and Clare, to name but a few;
    • Irish-language journalists;
    • teachers of Irish at primary and secondary school level;
    • students at a Canadian university learning Irish for the first time.

    Candidates also have the option of taking the oral exam only, with a view to gaining specific certification in the spoken language.

    Exams take place in April and May each year in ten centres in Ireland and in four centres abroad. Several hundred learners take TEG exams each year. TEG syllabuses and exams provide both teachers and learners with clear learning objectives and a structured step-by-step path to fluency in Irish.

    As well as being the preferred method for learners to make progress in the language, a number of organizations now use TEG exams in recruitment and selection procedures as a means of ensuring that potential employees/students have the required language skills.

    These exams are broadly based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Council of Europe, 2001).

    This site has been developed to deliver information on all aspects of TEG examinations to learners at all levels, teachers of Irish to adults, secondary school teachers, employers and Irish language organizations. We hope you find all the information you need here.


    TEG exams

    Click on the links below to find all of the material you will need at each level: Syllabuses, Sample Exam Papers, Examiner Reports and Sample Teaching Materials.  

    Latest News

    TEG B1 Oral Exam for PME candidates - additional date announced

    Institutions of Education around Ireland will be accepting applications shortly for the Professional Master in Education (PME - Primary Teaching) due to commence in September 2020. As part of the entry process, applicants are required to take the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) Irish-language oral examination. An additional exam is being run in Maynooth on Saturday 29 February for candidates who missed the first round of exams.  Applicants must achieve 65% or higher in this oral examination to satisfy entry requirements. Further information, sample exam papers and the application form are available here.

    TEG 2020 Exam dates announced

    The dates for the 2020 spring and summer TEG exams have been announced and can be viewed here.  Prospective PME candidates should go to this page for information about the B1 oral exams which will be held in January and February next.  

    TEG in secondary schools

    TEG examinations are taken each year by secondary school students in schools around the country. Click for further information.

    2019 TEG Exam Applications 

    Application / payment forms are here. Select the form that matches your profile.   

    TEG oral exams can be organised for groups at any time of the year.  Email teanga@mu.ie for further information.  

    The application form for secondary schools is available now.