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graphicWhat examination levels are currently available?
graphicIs TEG an oral or a written examination?
graphicApproximately how many hours of study are required to reach examination level?
graphicHow do I register for an examination?
graphicWhere and when will the examinations take place?
graphicWhat time will my oral examination take place?
graphicWhen will I receive my results?
graphicWhat is the pass mark?
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graphicGuidelines for examination candidates
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What examination levels are currently available?

See this page.

Your teacher will advise you as to which examination is best suited to your level.

Sample examination papers, sample aural examinations and sample oral examinations for each of the five levels are available on this website.


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Is TEG an oral or a written examination?

All language skills are tested in TEG. Candidates can choose from the following two options:

(i) Full examination leading to full certification (reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension tested).

(ii) Oral examination only leading to partial certification

FULL CERTIFICATION

Examinations Bonnleibhéal 1 (A1) - Meánleibhéal 2 (B2) consist of four parts: Speaking, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension and Writing. The Ardleibhéal 1 (C1) exam consists of these four and a further section, Use of Irish.

Bonnleibhéal 1 (A1) Bonnleibhéal 2 (A2)
Speaking 40%
3 parts (general questions/role-play/discussing pictures)
Speaking 35%
3 parts (general questions/role-play/discussing pictures)
Listening Comprehension 25%
4 questions (a mixture of cloze, multiple choice, matching, open questions, etc.)
Listening Comprehension 25%
4 questions (a mixture of cloze, multiple choice, matching, open questions, etc.)
Reading Comprehension 25%
5 questions (a mixture of multiple choice, open questions, fill the gaps, etc.)
Reading Comprehension 25%
6 questions (a mixture of multiple choice, open questions, fill the gaps, putting sentences in the correct order, etc.)
Writing 10%
2 questions (a gapped text and a multiple-choice cloze test)
Writing 15%
3 questions (2 writing tasks and a gapped text)


Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) Meánleibhéal 2 (B2)
Speaking 30%
2 parts (general conversation/discussing pictures)
Speaking 25%
2 parts (general conversation/discussing pictures)
Listening Comprehension 25%
4 parts (a mixture of open questions, multiple choice and true or false questions based on radio notices, conversations and a radio interview)
Listening Comprehension 25%
4 parts (a mixture of open questions, multiple choice and true or false questions based on radio notices, conversations and a radio interview)
Reading Comprehension 25%
3 questions (a mixture of multiple-choice, open questions, fill the gaps, etc)
Reading Comprehension 25%
3 questions (a mixture of multiple-choice, open questions, fill the gaps, etc)
Writing 20%
3 questions (a letter, an e-mail message and a gapped text)
Writing 25%
3 questions (a letter, an e-mail message and a gapped text)


Ardleibhéal 1 (C1)
Speaking 20%
3 parts (presentation / general conversation / discussing pictures)
Listening Comprehension 20%
4 questions (a mixture of open questions, multiple choice and true or false questions based on conversations, radio notices, lectures etc.)
Reading Comprehension 20%
4 questions (a mixture of open questions, multiple choice, fill the gaps.)
Writing 20%
2 questions (essay or article and review or report or letter or email, application, reference, etc.)
Use of Usage 20%
5 questions (fill the gaps, sentences to translate and questions on aspects of grammar).

PARTIAL CERTIFICATION

Candidates can choose to take the oral examination only. The exam format will be the same as above. Successful candidates’ certificates will indicate the marks attained in the oral examination.


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Approximately how many hours of study are required to reach examination level?

  • In general, it is advised that candidates wishing to undertake Bonnleibhéal 1 (A1) should have completed approximately 80-100 hours of language study/classes. Those candidates undertaking Bonnleibhéal 2/Beginners 2 should expect to spend an additional 80-100 hours studying the language / attending classes.

  • Candidates undertaking Meánleibhéal 1 (A1) should have completed approximately 350-400 hours of language study/classes and those candidates undertaking Meánleibhéal 2 (B2) should expect to spend an additional 150-200 hours studying the language/attending classes.


  • Candidates undertaking Ardleibhéal 1 (C1) should have completed approximately an extra 1000 hours of language study/classes.

The table below illustrates the approximate number of hours of study needed to reach each level:

Framework Study/learning hours Irish language syllabus
Bonnleibhéal 1 (A1) 80-100 Bonnleibhéal 1 (A1) Syllabus
Bonnleibhéal 2 (A2) 160-200 Bonnleibhéal 2 (A2) Syllabus
Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) 350-400 Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) Syllabus
Meánleibhéal 2 (B2) 500-600 Meánleibhéal 2 (B2) Syllabus
Ardleibhéal 1 (C1) 1000 Ardleibhéal 1 (C1) Syllabus
Ardleibhéal 2 (C2) 1500 Ardleibhéal 2 (C2) Syllabus


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How do I register for an examination?

Information here.

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Where and when will the examinations take place?

Information here.

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What time will my oral examination take place?

See the information on the Application Form about times of oral examinations. The details of the time of your oral examination will be contained in the letter sent to you approximately two weeks before the examination.


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When will I receive my results?

You will receive your results by post 6-8 weeks after sitting the exam. If you are successful in the examination, you will receive your certificate shortly afterwards.
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What is the pass mark?

The following grades will be awarded in the examinations:

Bonnleibhéal 1 (A1) Bonnleibhéal 2 (A2)
50-64% Pass 50-64% Pass
65-79% Pass with Merit 65-79% Pass with Merit
80-100% Pass with Distinction 80-100% Pass with Distinction


Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) Meánleibhéal 2 (B2)
50-64% Pass 50-64% Pass
65-79% Pass with Merit 65-79% Pass with Merit
80-100% Pass with Distinction 80-100% Pass with Distinction


Ardleibhéal 1 (C1)
60 % Pass *
80-100% Pass with Distinction
*Candidates must obtain a minimum 10% (out of 20%) in every section of the exam to earn an overall pass in the exam. See the Advanced 1 examination for further information.


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I’m not happy with my exam results. What can I do?

Appeals
A candidate can request to have his/her marks rechecked within 14 days of the issuing of exam results. There will be no charge for this. The results of the recheck will be discussed with the candidate on the phone or by email.

If a candidate wishes to appeal his/her examination result, this can be done within 14 days of the issuing of exam results. There will be a €35 fee for this. The results of the appeal will be discussed with the candidate on the phone or by email.

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Guidelines for examination candidates

A. Completing the application form

  1. Please ensure that your name on the application form matches your name on the proof of identity which you must produce on the day of the examination.
  2. Our aim is to accommodate everyone who wishes to sit the examinations in a fair and equal manner. If you have a disability, please state this on the application form so that we can make any necessary arrangements.


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B. Prior to the examination

  1. You should receive your examination number at least 10 days before the date of the exam. If you have not received it, please call the Language Centre on 01-7083737.
  2. Be sure that you are familiar with all of the following:
    graphicthe layout of the examination paper
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    graphicthe percentage of marks allocated to each section
    graphicthe types of questions and tasks in each section
    graphicthe guidelines for the oral examination
    graphicthe different sections of the oral examination


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C. On the day of the examination

  1. Ensure that you have sufficient time to reach the examination hall. Candidates should be in the examination hall at least 15 minutes before the commencement of the exam. Candidates will be provided with a map to help them locate the examination hall; however, those candidates who intend sitting the examination in Maynooth are reminded that the university campus is extensive and that it may take time to locate the parking facilities and make one’s way to the examination hall.
  2. You are reminded that no candidates will be admitted to the examination hall once the exam has begun. This is to minimise disturbance to candidates who have commenced the exam.
  3. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE OFFICIAL PHOTO ID WITH YOU. A CURRENT PASSPORT, DRIVER’S LICENCE OR NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD ARE THE ONLY FORMS OF ID WHICH WILL BE ACCEPTED. If you do not have one of the accepted forms of ID with you on the day of the exam, you will not be permitted to take the exam.
  4. Don’t forget to bring the examination number which will have been forwarded to you, as you will be required to write it on the examination paper.
  5. All mobile phones must be completely turned off – and not left on silent – before coming in to the examination hall.


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D. In the examination hall

  1. All coats and bags must be left in the space allocated in the examination hall, as directed by the supervisor.
  2. The supervisor will check your proof of identity and will show you the seat allocated to you.
  3. Candidates should bring their own pens and pencils with them.
  4. Candidates are reminded that it is not permitted to bring books, dictionaries or paper of any sort into the examination hall. All answers are to be written in the space provided on the examination paper itself. Rough paper and extra pens will be available if needed.
  5. You are advised to listen carefully to whatever directions the supervisor may give.
  6. Candidates may not leave the examination hall during the aural exam nor during the final half hour of the written exam.
  7. A supervisor will accompany any candidate who needs to use the toilet facilities during the exam.
  8. The supervisor will inform candidates when only ten minutes remain to the end of the exam.
  9. When you have completed the exam, ensure that your examination number is written on each answer-book that you hand up to the supervisor. You are asked to remain seated until all papers have been collected by the supervisor.
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E. During the examination
  1. Read every question, and the directions that accompany each question, carefully.
  2. Be sure to follow the directions given. For example, if you are directed to put a tick in one box, no marks will be awarded if you tick two or more boxes. If you are directed to write one word as an answer or to write one word in a gap, then you should comply with the directions given. There is a danger that candidates will lose marks if they do not follow the directions given.
  3. If candidates are asked to write a passage then they should observe the stated word limit.
  4. Candidates are advised to pay especial attention to their handwriting. It is important that the examiner can read candidates' answers in order that (s)he can award marks fairly.
  5. Particular care should be taken with regard to spelling and especially with regard to the following: fullstops, capital letters and the síneadh fada on vowels.
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F. Guidelines for the oral examination
  1. Ensure that you know where within the campus the oral examinations are taking place.
  2. You will be required to produce your examination number and proof of identity for the oral examination.
  3. Check the directions for the oral examination. For examinations at levels Bonnleibhéal 1 (A1) and Bonnleibhéal 2 (A2) candidates must be present 5 minutes before the examination time in order to prepare for the role-play task.
  4. Candidates are reminded that the oral examination is recorded.

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I have some further questions relating to the examinations

Should you require further information on any aspect of the examinations which you have not located on our website, write to teanga@nuim.ie or telephone (01) 708 3737.

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