• 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

    Scrúduithe Ardleibhéal 1 (C1) - Apply Now!

    The TEG Ardleibhéal 1 (C1) exam will take place in Maynooth University on the 2 & 3 February 2018 and applications will be accepted online until the 12 January 2018.   

    TEG Award presented to Roibeard Ó hEartáin, Irish Language Officer, Kerry County Council

    During Oireachtas na Samhna 2017 in Killarney, Maynooth University presented Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge Irish Language (TEG) certificates to successful candidates from Co. Kerry who recently undertook oral exams. At the same event, a newly established award, Gradam TEG, was presented to Kerry County Council’s Irish Language Office in recognition of the exceptional work that the organisation has done in developing and promoting the use of Irish in the workplace and throughout the county.

    TEG in secondary schools

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

    2018 TEG Exam Applications 

    The online application and payment system for adult learners is open now.  

    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.