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 Exam for MIE B. Oid. applicants

In response to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the TEG B1 exam for applicants to the Marino B.Oid. tri mheán na Gaeilge programme will be held online on the 20 February 2021. Depending on the number of candidates, some oral exams may be held on Friday 19 February. The closing date for applications has been extended to 5pm on 31 January 2021. Further information. 

International Awards for TEG Exams

The Centre for Irish Language at Maynooth University is delighted to announce that ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe) has awarded the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) Irish-language exams with their Q-Mark for the second time. TEG was awarded the Q-Mark for the first time in 2016. To achieve this award, the Centre for Irish Language was required to go through a rigorous audit in which the TEG exams were assessed in the context of  ALTE’s 17 minimum standards. The Q-mark shows that the exams meet all of ALTE’s core requirements.

2021 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 online application form for secondary schools will be available soon.