Postal Exam 476: Practice Tests & Tips to Pass the VEA MP 476
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What is the Virtual Entry Assessment MP (476)?

The Postal Exam 476, also known as the USPS Virtual Entry Assessment – MP (476), is the primary screening stage for the Mail Processor job. This test is one of the four new USPS exams, which replaced the old 473 test in April 2019. As of late 2021, three new sections were added to the assessment.

If you’ve applied for the MP job and passed the initial screening, you’ll receive an e-mail inviting you to take the Postal Exam 476.

Once you receive this invitation, you will have only 72 hours to do the assessment (although it is advised to do it faster. More on that later).

The test is done online, using a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer (doing it on a computer is probably better; the other devices might have technical issues).

When you start your exam, you will find seven different sections; each has unique and unusual questions.

What Does the Mail Processor Exam Consist of?

The Postal Exam 476 has seven sections:

  • Work Scenarios
  • Describe Your Approach
  • Tell Us Your Story
  • Verify Customer Information
  • Move the Mail
  • What Drives You
  • Check for Errors

Three of the sections are brand new and were added only in late 2021. JobTestPrep is the only site that offers accurate practice for these additional new sections.

Here's a breakdown of the assessment:

Section Name

Number of Questions

Work Scenarios

Check for Errors 3
Tell Us Your Story 18
Describe Your Approach 25
Verify Customer Information 10
Move the Mail 40
What Drives You 139

Let's go over each of the test's parts:


Work Scenarios

As a Mail Processor, you will probably encounter a lot of situations in which you would have to decide how to act. The USPS uses this section to let you know what kind of situations you are in and to test your decision-making. This way they can assess if you are up for the job or not.

Note: this section is tricky. You will be presented with four different answers; each one is a different approach to the situation. You will be asked to choose which are the best approach and the worst. But it is not as easy as it sounds. The answers are confusing, and it is NOT an obvious choice.

Check out this sample question to see how tricky it can get.

Postal Exam MP (476) Sample Question – Work Scenarios:

You notice that your fellow employee has been taking many personal phone calls during work hours. Not only is this slowing down his work pace, but it is also in violation of policy.

Please select the action you would be most likely to take and the action you would be least likely to take, in response to the described situation.

  1. Report him to your supervisor.
  2. Do nothing as it's none of your business.
  3. Remind him of the work policy and explain how this is affecting work productivity.
  4. Politely ask him to stop taking personal calls during work hours.

Not so easy, ha? Try to answer the question, and then check this full explanation:


Competency: Teamwork; Communication Skills; Attention to policies and procedures; Loyalty to the company
Most likely: 3
Least likely: 2

Response 1: This response shows poor teamwork and communication skills. You fail to communicate the problem to your fellow employee, to alert him to the situation and give him a chance to adapt his recent behavior. Rather you immediately turn to your supervisor. In general, criticizing another worker without first doing so privately is considered inappropriate and not supportive of teamwork.

Response 2: This is a passive response. Although your co-worker’s behavior may not affect you directly, this situation negatively affects your team productivity as a whole, and the organization you work in more generally. This response shows poor communication and teamwork skills- but also indicates a low level of organizational understanding as you don’t see the connection between the situation and the productivity of your team as a whole.

Response 3: Here you use a communication form that is direct and persuasive. You give a proper justification for your argument by reminding him of company policy. Communicating the problem directly with your colleague demonstrates good communication skills and teamwork.

Response 4: This response alerts your co-worker to the situation and gives him a chance to adapt his recent behavior. However, it may come across as condescending as you are not superior to him. Asking him to stop a behavior may seem like you are overstepping your authority. A better response would be to remind him of the policy and explain the impact of his behavior on work productivity, as suggested in response C.


Check for Errors

In this section, you will be presented with pairs of 8-digit numbers, and you will have to check if they match. This section is designed to test how attentive you are to details. As a Mail Processor, your shift will be filled with numbers and details, and your work has to be precise. This is the USPS’s way to see if you have what it takes.

Postal Exam MP (476) Sample Question – Check for Errors:

1 Location 1 99668737 99968797
2 Location 2 99668737 99668377
3 Location 3 99668737 99668737
4 Location 4 99668737 99688737

Could you figure out which pair matches and which do not?

A. Location 1

B. Location 2

C. Location 3

D. Location 4


Tell Us Your Story

This section has questions designed to let the USPS get to know your work experience and background.

Postal Exam MP (476) Sample Question – Tell Us Your Story:

If contacted, how would your recent supervisor at work describe your communication skills compared to other team members?

  1. The very best
  2. Among the best
  3. Above average
  4. Average
  5. Needing some development
  6. Needing substantial development

Note: at first glance, it seems like this section is purely subjective, and you have to just be honest. That is not the case. As strange as it may sound, there are right and wrong answers.

To better understand how to answer correctly, use our full guide included in the PrepPack™.

For now, here is a useful tip:

The phrase "nobody's perfect" isn't just a saying. Naturally, everyone has both strengths and weaknesses. Don't try to present yourself as a perfect person because you couldn't possibly possess every desirable characteristic. In fact, it's unlikely that anyone would receive a high score on all or most of the test's desirable characteristics. Your answers should be balanced. In general, try to avoid giving too many extreme scores, but avoid being too neutral as well. When you are asked about your skills, try to show that you are one s worth hiring and above average.


Describe Your Approach

in this section, you will answer A LOT of questions about your personality. Again, this is a tricky one. The statements are vague, and it will give the USPS a chance to see if you are consistent, and what traits of your personality are emphasized.

Postal Exam MP (476) Sample Question – Describe Your Approach:

Please indicate to which extent you agree or disagree with the following statement:

a) It is clear to me what my goals are.
b) I don't usually feel driven to succeed.

  • Most like (b)
  • Somewhat like (b)
  • Somewhat like (a)
  • Most like (a)

Note: answering all these questions can be very confusing. In our PrepPack you will find a full detailed guide that will help you make the right and consistent choices.


Verify Customer Information

In this section, you'll be presented with information about people: their name, their old address, and their new address. In every question, you'll be required to compare 4 information details and decide whether they are identical or not.

See how it looks in the practice pack:

Postal Exam 476 JobTestPrep Sample Question



Move the Mail

This 18-question section is designed to measure your ability to notice details to sort packages and letters correctly.

Try this 'Move the Mail' sample question from our practice pack:

Sort the envelope or package into the correct mailbox or box.

Postal Exam 474 Sample Practice Question JobTestPrep


What Drives You

This section is a motivation test that is designed to reveal what fulfills you in your workplace. Each question is meant to assess the level you relate to two different sources of motivation; therefore, you may encounter the same motivation sources in various questions.

Here's an example for a question from the actual assessment:

I'd like to work where...

A. Employees help customers in pursuing easy and reliable delivery services.

B. The company leads the market


To try additional sample questions for the USPS Postal Exam 476, visit our free Postal Exam practice test.

How to Get a Really High Score in the USPS Test and Why?

As you already know, a passing score for the Virtual Entry Assessment – MP (476) is 70. This means that any score below 70 will mark you as “ineligible”, and the USPS will NOT consider you for this job. If this happens, you have to wait a full year before you can retake the exam.

We don’t want that to happen.

Note: if you pass the test and want to take it again to improve your score, you will have to wait 2 years.

But what is more important to know is that the Postal Service ranks the candidates that passed the test, based on their scores. This means that if only one job opens at your local branch, the USPS will hire only the top-ranked candidate.

The bar for getting the job changes from branch to branch. Small branches that don’t have a lot of candidates might settle for lower scores.

Larger branches, on the other hand, have a lot more competition. Candidates might need to score well above 90 to get the job first.

For every position listed at the branch, they go through the list by order.

This means that if your score is not really high, you might wait a long time, sometimes months, before someone talks to you. In some cases, you will not be approached at all!

On the other hand, I have seen candidates score close to 100 and on the next day were extended a job offer. They were hired without even coming in for an interview.

What Happens Once You Submit the Postal Exam 476?

Shortly after completion, you will see an updated status in your USPS candidate profile online:

  • “In Process” means that you have completed the test but still don’t have a score.
  • “Ineligible” means you haven’t passed the assessment (got a score below 70).
  • “Eligible” means that you passed the assessment and now waiting for more news.
  • “Pre-Hire” means that the USPS wants you and will send you an invitation for an interview.

The next step would be an interview (in some cases, if you get a really high score, they skip this step). Once you’ve passed that, you’re Hired!

Virtual Entry Assessment – MP (476) FAQ

The USPS advises being honest in the assessment. Should I answer what I really think or what they want me to think?

Every one of us has a few personas. When you are at a bar with your friends, you act differently from when you are at work. When you are a candidate for a job, it is recommended to present your work persona, and leave the everyday persona at the bar.

All the personas are a part of your personality. You are not lying or deceiving anyone, even if you present only a part of yourself. The part of you that you want standing out is the one more suitable for the work environment.

I don’t understand how the USPS can score my personality. Are there right and wrong answers?

The US Postal Service does not score your personality. They will inspect you and your personality traits as they relate to this specific job. In that sense, the right answers will emphasize the traits that are needed for the Mail Processing job.

Some candidates are called in for an interview after a week, while others have to wait months. Why is that, and does my score in the assessment affect it?

Getting a high score can be crucial! The higher you score, the better your chances are to be called for an interview, and fast.

If you score much higher than your competition, the USPS might offer you the job without even calling you in for an interview.


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