In 2012, partial certification was introduced, allowing learners of Irish to take the oral exam only at whatever level they choose. If candidates are successful, they will receive a certificate indicating their level of spoken Irish. The marks attained in the oral exam will be clearly shown on the certificate. It will also be clear that this is not a full TEG certificate and that oral competence only was tested.
At Ardleibhéal 1 (C1), candidates who receive partial certification can obtain full certification without resitting the oral exam if they undertake the rest of the exam within two years. For example, if a candidate receives partial certification in the Oral Exam at this level anytime during 2017, he/ she will have until the end of 2019 to undertake the other parts of the exam at that level (Listening, Reading, Writing and Use of Irish)* in order to obtain full certification.
In the case of examination levels Bonnleibhéal 1 (A1) – Meánleibhéal 2 (B2), candidates will be required to take all parts of the examination in one session in order to obtain full certification.
*Note that candidates have to undertake these sections in one session and that these sessions normally take place once annually.