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Registred for the TEG exam

I recently registered to sit the TEG exam in Paris, where I've been taking Irish classes since September.

I'll be taking the A1 level exam in June and I'm starting to stress. I feel like my spelling isn't as good as it should be, so the next two month will be even more work (I just received my Irish Grammar by Collins, and I guess I'll be going over the Gaeilge Gan Stró which we are using in class.)

Anyone else attempting the exam, or who has passed such and exam before?

April 8, 2019



Haven't done that, but will be interested to hear how it goes for you. I think the A1 level is pretty basic, so if you've been taking an actual class you should probably be fine! Go n-éirí an t-ádh leat!


I think I'll need to work a lot on putting séimhiús an urús where they need to be, and not forget my fadas. There are some former exam prompts on the TEG website, I'll work on them since we only have 2 classes left...

I'll let you guys know how it went, of course!


Bumping this thread: the exam was hard (harder than last year's, according to the students who were taking it a second time.) I understood most of the easiest questions and a good deal of the average ones, but I was lost on the hardest ones (not sure I actually understood the various texts to be honest.) I tried to mostly use common sense in the multiple choice questions ("this seems like and adjective, and I do need an adjective there, so let's try this one.") I didn't even know how to answer to the questions in the past for the speaking part.

Yet, I somehow passed (with merit!), with 67% :D Aural comprehension: 18.229/25 Reading comprehension: 17.241/25 Writing: 6.538/10 Speaking 25/40

Hopefully, the A2 evening classes next year will fit in my timetable. Now that I know how much work I actually have to put in, I feel better equipped to soldier on with my learning of the language.


Maith thú! Thanks for the update and glad you passed. Surprised it was that hard at the A1 level!


An-mhaith. Rinne tú an óbair. TEG A2 has the same structure in the exam but less multi-choice so you have to come up with something and write it down more at this level but if you are attending an evening class that should help get you there. Keep up the good work and you will be further rewarded. Well done Slán


Hi a chara

Rinne mé TEG A1 i 2016. ( I did A1)

A lot of this paper involves multi choice or filling in blank words from a list into a conversation. There is very little writing to do. Another thing is that for the listening comprehension and the written comprehension you are not assessed on grammar and spelling but the word needs to reasonably accurate so they know you understood (and put the english in brackets or French maybe after the Irish word for 100 % clarity). They are testing that you understood the tape recordings and the written comprehension.

However for the writing section, yes, the grammar accuracy and spelling is marked so you cant really use any other language to aid the examimers and show them what you mean. However the writing is only 10 % at A1. The scrudu cainte (spoken) is the big one at 40 % overall and if you do ok in the reading and tapes you will succeed regardless of what happens with the writing

We are preparing our students at our club for TEG A2 and B1 and always encourage our overseas members to start with TEG A1.

Hope this makes sense to you

Gaeilge Gan Stro is very good for the grammar and the TEG A1 notes on TEG.ie would be enough. Also listen to the recordings on A1 on TEG.ie. That should be enough

Go n-eiri an t-adh leat sa scrúdú (good luck in the exam and if you want let me know how you got on)

I am doing TEG B2 full in 2 weeks in Maynooth Ireland. I already have the spoken Irish passed but hope to do well in the written paper and get an overall pass. i have TEG A1 A2 and B1 full and hope to try C1 spoken soon)

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Take time to go over the TEG sample papers and audio - there may be vocabulary in it that you aren't familiar with, and they will use that vocabulary in the test, rather than the alternatives that you may have already learned - just like Duolingo, you will often get credit for using correct alternative terminology that isn't part of the syllabus, but that doesn't help you if you don't recognize the question that you are being asked because you don't recognize the words that are on the page in front of you. At the A1 and A2 level they are fairly good about not hitting you with vocabulary that haven't seen before, if you've studied the course material.


Hi if you want any other advice just contact me. I know the full story about TEG Go raibh maith agat agus slán



I took the TEG A1 last summer. DuoLingo and the green Gaeilge gan Stró books are great prep materials for it - but the online resources and practice tests were super helpful too. Make sure to listen to the example MP3s on the TEG website, so you get used to the accents. I earned a "Pass with Distinction" on the A1 and I'm excited for the A2.

I'm taking a prep course now and will take the A2 in Washington, DC in June.


A1 isn't that much. Finishing and thoroughly practicing the tree should be sufficient!

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