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How To Pass Postal Exam 473

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.

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.

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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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