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Entrance Assessment to Agricultural Colleges for 2018/2019 - Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture

A standardised entrance assessment will be held at each college. This means that applicants who have applied to a number of colleges will only be required to sit one entrance assessment.

The Standardised Entrance Assessment will be held on Monday 25th June at 11am at each college.

  • Applicants who have applied to more than one college will receive an e-mail from each college with regard to the entrance assessment.
  • Applicants should attend the entrance assessment at the college most convenient to them and should notify that college of their intention to attend.

Applicants who applied to a number of colleges, will have their assessment results transferred to all the other colleges to which they applied.

Applicants may be offered a place at more than one college and should only accept the offer to the college of their choice.

Assessment Guidelines (This is a guideline only – specific details may change)

The entrance assessment will consist of three sections.

Reading Assessment

The results of this section will NOT be used to select students for the programme. The results of this section will only be used to help identify students that may require additional support. This section should be completed by all students, without the assistance of a reader / scribe. Sample Reading Assessment.

Numeracy Assessment

This section contains 20 short maths calculations. Sample Numeracy Assessment.

General Agricultural Knowledge 

This section contains 20 short questions relating to agriculture.Sample General Knowledge Questions .

 Please read the following assessment centre guidelines:

  • The use of a calculator is allowed.
  • The use of a mobile phone is not allowed.
  • Mobile phones are not allowed in the exam hall.
  • Students must attempt all sections.
  • For multiple choice questions do not tick more than one answer. 
    • (No marks will be allowed if more than one answer is ticked)
  • Assessment duration: One hour
  • Applicants may be required to show their identification on the day. Acceptable forms of ID include; Drivers Licence, Passport or official PPSN documentation such as Social Services Card / Drugs Payment Card. Written confirmation from your Social Welfare Office will also be accepted.


  • To avoid confusion, applicants with queries in respect to their application should contact or correspond directly with the relevant college(s).

Means Testing

  • All Teagasc student maintenance grants are means tested.
  • Details of maintenance grant and means testing arrangements will be provided to successful applicants on offer of a place.