English test needs tweaking

There is no doubt about the need for good communication skills in English to be a requirement for all health professionals, but the details of how English proficiency testing is done, and how the results are used by the Australian Medical Council (AMC), remain controversial. 

The Occupational English Test (OET) assesses skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, with candidates tested in language as used in their professional environment. 

This is in principle a good thing. However, in my opinion, the test has become harder in the past 10 years, and this has led to problems in its administration and interpretation.