Institutions of Education around Ireland will be recruiting in winter 2020 for the Professional Master in Education (PME - Primary Teaching) which will commence in September 2021. As part of the entry process, applicants are 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 and sample exam papers are available below.
Exam Date: TEG Oral exams for 2021: 22 & 23 January 2021; 5 & 6 February 2021
Exam venue: Donegal, Castlebar, Galway, Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Kilkenny, Maynooth (subject to demand)
Application Deadline: 5pm, 6 January 2021.
Frequently asked questions
Which institutions of education will be using TEG Intermediate 1 (B1) as a competency 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 exam?
No, candidates are only required to take the oral exam in this instance
I have a degree in Irish. Do I have to do this exam?
Yes, everybody who applies for the PME (Primary Education) must take this oral exam.
I passed a TEG exam last year. Will this be accepted?
The following TEG certificates from 2019 or 2020 will be accepted:
- TEG Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) with a mark of 65% or higher,
- a pass or higher at TEG Meánleibhéal 2 (B2),
- or a pass or higher at TEG Ardleibhéal 1 (C1)
If you have a TEG certificate which meets these criteria, you can upload this to the 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 exam?
We encourage you to read the above exam guidelines carefully.
What happens after the exam?
You will receive your results by email 6-8 weeks after the exam.
If you achieve over 65% in the exam, you must upload a copy of the TEG result to the PAC/Maestro* system, as part of your PME application. The relevant institution of education will be in touch with you in due course.
If you are not successful in the exam, you will have a specific length of time (to be confirmed) in which to appeal your result with the TEG office.
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 must achieve 65% or higher to be eligible to move forward in the admissions process for the PME.
If I plan to apply for the PME in 2022, could I take the B1 exam in 2021?
Certainly. A TEG B1 certificate from 2021 with a mark of 65% or over in the oral exam will be accepted as part of the PME application process in 2022 and 2023. TEG Certificates are valid for a two year period. For further information about our summer exam schedule, click here.
Is there a limit to the number of candidates that will be examined?
No. Every candidate who applies before the deadline will be invited to an oral examination. The number of places in some of our centres is limited however and if you wish to ensure that you take the exam in a particular centre, we recommend that you register for the exam as early as possible.
Will the exams and exam centres be affected by Covid-19?
At this stage it is too early to say. At present, we are planning to run the exams in our centres around the country with strict safety measures in place to protect candidates and examiners. If restrictions in January and February dictate that we cannot run the exams in our exam centres, arrangements will be made to run the oral exams online. Candidates will be notified via email of any developments.
Will the exam fee be refunded if I am successful in the exam?
No. The exam fee is non-refundable.
I registered for the TEG exam but I haven’t heard from the TEG office. What should I do?
Immediately after registration, you should receive an automated response by email. That email will include your transaction ID and a receipt for the exam fee that you paid. If you did not receive this, please email email@example.com immediately. If you have received this, you will receive your exam details by email 10-14 days before the exam.
If you have any queries about the TEG exam, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 708 6417.
If you have any queries about the PME programme, you should make direct contact with the relevant institution:
DCU Institute of Education, St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. email@example.com 01-8842212
Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University firstname.lastname@example.org 01-4747400
Anne-Marie Hannon, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Rd, Limerick. email@example.com 061-204929
Eimear Breathnach, Admissions Officer, Institute of Education, Marino, Dublin 9. firstname.lastname@example.org 01-8057742