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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQS)

What are accommodations?

Students diagnosed with physical and/or mental impairments qualify as persons with disabilities when their conditions substantially limit them in one or more major life activities. Hofstra University provides reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities with consultation from their academic programs. Reasonable accommodations are adjustments to policies, practices, or procedures that facilitate equal access and opportunity for students with disabilities to the University’s programs, activities and services. In order to ensure that students’ needs are directly linked to these accommodations, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allow higher education institutions to require disability documentation to verify disability status and the need for reasonable accommodations. The Office of Academic Success (OAS) has established the following process for registration with our office and provides these general guidelines for acquiring documentation of disabilities

How do I apply for accommodations at the SOM?

Please click here for General Documentation Guidelines and fill out the Self Disclosure Form.
Registration Process:

  1. Complete a Self-Disclosure Form to begin the registration process.
  2. Gather and submit documentation of your disability(ies) using the general guidelines below.
  3. Meet with a staff member in OAS to discuss your approved accommodations and to learn your responsibilities in implementing your plan.
  4. Continue to visit OAS to find about programs and supports that will help you succeed during your time at Hofstra.
How do I apply for accommodations for Step 1, Step 2CK, or Step 2 CS?

Follow the instructions on the USMLE's website: http://www.usmle.org/test-accommodations/

How many CBSSAs should I take?

We advise you take approximately 3 during your ISP. The first should be taken during the first week and then the subsequent ones should be taken at approximately 2 week intervals, with the last taken approximately 1 week before your test date.

How do I read the CBSSA score report?

When you receive your score report, pay most attention to the "USMLE equivalent score".  We expect it to rise during your study period.  Beyond the number, look at the bars and ask yourself if bars show improvement in the areas that you have been focusing on.  In addition, use the error analysis spreadsheet to help understand why you answered questions incorrectly.  You might see patterns emerge that will help in your preparation.

What score should I be receiving on the CBSSA/CBSE?

We recommend that you achieve a minimum score of 202-205 on these exams in order to safely be in the passing zone prior to sitting for your Step 1 exam.