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Preparing for the Postal Exam 473

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The Postal Exam 473


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 Exam 473 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 80’s and 90’s. Applicants who fail or score poorly can retake the exam again in 120 days.

The Postal Exam 473 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 to 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 is 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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Step Four: Prepare for the Interview

The final step of the hiring process is the interview. Only the top 3 scores from each testing class receive an invitation for a face to face interview. This section will give you an idea on what to expect at the interview.

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