As a necessary step for postal employment consideration, the US Postal Service requires entry level job candidates to take a postal exam. This exam is called the Postal Battery Exam 473, or Test 473, and it measures an individual’s general aptitude as opposed to knowledge of facts, and anyone can learn to improve their score by preparing in advance.
Since most post office jobs involve sorting, processing, or delivering mail, the USPS uses the Exam 473 to evaluate a candidate’s ability to perform in these job functions. Exam 473 is administered electronically at independent testing facilities across the country. The postal exam consists of four components: Address Checking, Forms Completion, Coding and Memory. Exam 473 also includes a Personality Characteristics and Experience Inventory, which is much like a personality test. Each of the sections is timed, and graded according to the scoring rules set forth by the USPS.
In order to qualify for postal jobs, a candidate must achieve a minimum score of 70 out of 100. Scoring well on Exam 473 is a good indication candidates will move on to long lasting and rewarding post office careers. Typically a score in the 90’s on the exam ensures that a candidate will be one of three candidates that are invited to an interview, at which point one person is hired. Candidates are only allowed to take the postal exam once a year, so it is critical that anyone serious about wanting a job with the USPS prepares in advance for this exam. It is possible to dramatically improve your score by preparing in advance and assistance is available.
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