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Before getting hired by the post office, you must pass the postal exam 473. The higher you score on the exam, the sooner and more likely you are to be hired and you can only take the exam once every four months.

As of the week of March 15, thousands of positions are open across country, but the competition for these jobs is fierce. “It is critical that an applicant prepare for this exam,” says Troy McCawley, Director of Job Placement for, a nationwide resource center for those seeking employment with the United States postal service.

Here are some exam 473 study tips:

  • Start early; locate nearest testing center and mark calendar for upcoming test date
  • Commit to regular postal exam practice study times
  • Learn the four postal exam 473 components: Address Checking, Forms Completion, Coding and Memory
  • Devote separate study time to each component
  • Time practice exams; 90 minutes to complete 236 questions at 38 seconds each
  • Use an electronic/online postal exam 473 test simulator
  • Purchase a current postal exam study guide and related materials

Although there is no one “official” postal exam study guide, these tips will help applicants prepare for exam success. And, exam success can be quite rewarding.

Starting pay for postal positions is $21 per hour, including health and retirement benefits and paid vacation time. The total compensation package can be worth, on average, $72,000 a year. New hires also receive paid, on-the-job training. Applicants will be competing for a variety of positions, including Mail Carrier, Rural Carrier Associate, Mail Handler, Mail Processor or Window Clerk.

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The U.S. Postal Service is now hiring.

  • Over 1,000 entry level job openings nationwide.
  • Starting pay is $21 an hour, on average, with benefits.
  • With benefits, the average postal worker makes just over $72,000 a year.
  • No experience is necessary, and if you are 18 or older you don’t even need a high school diploma.
  • Need to be a U.S Citizen or have a green card.
  • Employees receive full federal benefits, paid training, paid vacation and retirement.

To locate jobs in your area and to receive a FREE Hiring Guide, fill out the form on the right and click Learn More to continue.

What's Included with My Registration?

To help you get hired by the USPS as quickly as possible, once you register, you will be given immediate access to each of the following:

  • Personal Placement Assistant – A designated person on staff assigned to you, to help you get hired, available weekdays from 9 am to 9 pm EST
  • Postal Exam Simulator – The official postal exam is given on a computer and is timed, so it helps to practice ahead of time on a computer, rather than from a book. Our online simulator allows you to practice taking replicated postal exams, which are automatically timed and graded, and teach you how to achieve a higher score.
  • Video and Booklets – To guide you and help you succeed in each step of the postal hiring process
  • Job Locator Tool – A much easier way to find USPS jobs that are available now in your area
  • Postal Job Alerts – Receive an email each time a new job opening at the USPS becomes available in your area
  • “Pass the Exam or It’s Free” Guarantee – Our program is guaranteed. We are so confident in the assistance we provide, if you don’t pass the exam, your registration is refunded in full.
  • Starting Bonus of Up to $1,000 – Once you are hired, simply share your success story on video, and you will receive your Starting Bonus of up to $1,000.
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Placement Assistants are Available M-F 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM EST

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