Cambridge English Language Exams

Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education & Training Board is an Authorised Cambridge English Exam Centre (part of the University of Cambridge).  We run courses and exams to benefit second level teachers and students from both within and outside our organisation.

For students:

We run Pet for Schools and First Cert for Schools in March, May and June for second level students. In 4 years, we have examined and given internationally-recognised certification to 1,134 teenagers. We are an Open Centre for these 2 exams which were designed specifically to test teens’ English language skills. In our organisation, which has 27 post primary schools, we offer PET for Schools to students in Transition Year and First Cert for Schools for students in 6th year.

We support our post primary teachers in assessing, monitoring and recording language and literacy outcomes for EAL students by using the online interactive Cambridge Placement Test. We submit accurate, computer-generated data on their needs every year to the Department of Education. Likewise, this same tool helps us ensure our schools can prioritise the tracking, assessment and analysis of the achievement of students for whom English is an additional language as part of school planning. This ensures we fulfil our remit to support active inclusion and equality of access to the curriculum. 

For teachers:

We also are an Open Centre for Cambridge English Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) modules. We run CLIL training courses (leading to TKT CLIL) for second level mainstream teachers (of history, geography, science etc.) to enable teachers to deal on a practical level with the language and literacy needs of all students in their classrooms. In 2011, we won a European language Label for this initiative. To date, this training has been run on 10 different school premises around County Dublin and 280 teachers have benefitted. In line with recommendations made by the Department of Education in the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2011 – 2020 (P.69), we are ensuring that serving teachers have access to CPD and guidance on meeting the learning needs of students for whom English is an Additional Language and promoting active inclusion. We also run TKT Young Learners courses and exams for primary school teachers. 

For further information in relation to the above Cambridge English exams, please contact:

Mary Kenny ESOL Development Officer/Centre Exams Manager at