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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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