How to Prepare for a Post Office Exam

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After you have applied for a postal job, you will be required to take a post office exam. If you are applying for a retail, distribution, delivery or city carrier position, you will need to take a 473 postal exam. Before you take the exam, you should study for the exam so that you can pass it and be considered for employment. Learn what you will need to know for the exam and how many parts there are to the postal exam.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Practice answering questions for Part A - Address Checking. The test is 11 minutes long and has 60 multiple-choice questions. Each question shows an address twice: the first always correct, and the second with address and/or zip code errors, or no errors.

  2. 2

    Take the practice test for Part B - Form Completion. The test is 30 minutes long and has 30 multiple-choice questions. Your performance on this part of the test will show how well you understand postal forms. You are given a scenario and instructed to choose the proper location on the form for the information to be entered.

  3. 3

    Practice for Part C - Coding and Memory. This is a two-part test. The Coding test is 6 minutes long and has 36 multiple-choice questions, and the Memory test is 7 minutes long with 36 multiple-choice questions. The Coding test gives you addresses and delivery routes with a coding chart, and you must place the addresses in the right delivery area. In the Memory test you also assign addresses to a delivery route, but this time without access to the coding chart .

  4. 4

    Prepare for the test for Part D - Experience Inventory and Personal Characteristics. The test is 90 minutes long and has 236 questions to answer. The first part of this test is an "Agree or Disagree" section in which your answers indicate how you feel about a question. The second section calls for answers ranging from "Very often" to "Rarely or never." The last section has four possible answers to questions about your experience. There are no right or wrong answers for this section as it is more about you as a person. It is best to think about your life experiences and if you have anything that makes you an ideal candidate for the job.

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