Third Step of the Hiring Process
Preparing for the Postal Battery Exam
The Postal Exam is broken up into four separate exams, the 473, 474, 475 and 476.
Passing the Postal Exam is a requirement before being considered for employment at the United States Postal Service. There are a number of other Postal Exams for specific positions, but the Postal Battery Exam covers most entry-level positions. Doing well on the exam is important due to they will only invite the top 3 scores of each class to the interview. A passing score is 70, but to receive an invitation you will need to score in the ’80s and ’90s. Applicants who fail or score poorly can retake the exam again in 120 days.
The Postal Battery Exam is given at a designated location usually within 45 miles of your home and is administered on a computer. The postal exam is split into two parts, one is a personal assessment questionnaire, which you would have already taken and the other is the official exam which covers four sections.
First Section: Street Address Recognition
Applicants must be able to recognize and understand the differences between street addresses, post office boxes, city, state and zip codes efficiently. Speed and accuracy are important to pass this section. This section has approximately 60 questions and will need to complete the test in under 11 minutes.
Second Section: Completing Postal Forms
This section covers multiple forms associated with the United States Postal Service. This section has approximately 30 questions and a time limit of 15 minutes.
Third Section: Coding and Memory
One of the more difficult sections to complete as you must pinpoint delivery routes and match them with addresses. You will need to complete the exam in less than 6 minutes to answer 36 questions. The memory portion of this section is 7 minutes with 36 questions, you will be required to review street addresses and then match them with the delivery routes associated.
Final Section: Charting and Route Association
The final section of the exam is concentrated around the previous section “Coding and Memory”. You will have to utilize your skills by looking at the maps and routes and then placing mail within the routes by memory.
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