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The Benefits of Being Ready

US Postal Service Exams are opened to the public to meet local staffing needs. Entry-level tests examine general aptitudes and/or characteristics, not knowledge of facts. The Postal Exam 473 provides a screening process on job-related criteria that allows applicants to compete for positions. Most Postal Service career opportunities involve sorting and delivering mail.

By preparing with our practice tests, you will become more familiar with the test, increase your focus, and minimize stress during the exam. Simulating the exam also increases your speed and accuracy, which can help you rank higher among other candidates and in turn your chances of getting the job.

We provide Postal Exam practice tests for all four sections of the exam. Please be aware, however, that the personality test we offer is a general one. Our Postal Exam 473 practice tests are available in both print-out and online.

Test Section What We Offer
Part A: Address Checking 6 Practice Drills
Part B: Forms Completion 2 Practice Drills
Part C1: Coding 5 Practice Drills
Part C2: Memory 5 Practice Drills
Part D: Personal Characteristics and Experience Inventory USPS Personality Test

Why You Need a PrepPack™ for the USPS Exam

You can, and should, prepare for the test before taking it. Our PrepPack™ includes timed tests and study guides to help you prepare. Our practice tests include detailed answer explanations. By practicing, you up your chances of achieving a high score on the test. A high score not only ensures that you pass the exam, but it also gives you a better chance of gaining employment over the other candidates.


What Do You Get with Your USPS PrepPack™?

Our PrepPack™ provides you full access to the most comprehensive practice resources for the different parts of the test. We offer 18 practice tests and drills for all sections of the test. The PrepPack™ also includes a study guide teaching you how to quickly and accurately solve test questions.


USPS Exam 473 Sample Questions

Try out our free Postal Exam sample test to get a glimpse of how JobTestPrep's PrepPack™ will prepare you for your exam.


More about the USPS Test

The USPS Exam contains four sections: Address Checking, Form Completion, Coding/Memory, and Personal Characteristics and Experience Inventory. The test takes approximately two hours to complete. You must receive a minimum score of 70 to pass. The Postal Office Exam is available in pencil-and-paper format (473) or electronic format (473e). Learn more about the exam's structure.

Test Section Number of Items Time Allotted
Part A: Address Checking 60 11 minutes
Part B: Forms Completion 30 15 minutes
Part C1: Coding 36 6 minutes
Part C2: Memory 36 7 minutes
Part D: Personal Characteristics and Experience Inventory 236 90 minutes

What Is the US Postal Exam?

The US Postal Exam 473, also known as the entry-level battery 473, assesses certain skills and abilities related to providing service, checking addresses, and sorting and delivering mail. The test also helps identify individuals with important job-related experience, abilities, and personal characteristics. You must take this test to become a city carrier, mail processing clerk, mail handler, or a sales, services, and distribution associate.

What Do Those Who Score High Receive?

Receiving a high score on your Postal Exam increases your chances of becoming one of the nearly 500,000 career USPS employees. The starting salary for a mail handler is $25,491, while a mail carrier starts at $31,929. Other benefits of the job include 13 paid vacation and sick leave days, not including the 10 holidays a year. In addition, you receive health, dental, and vision insurance plans, as well as a Thrifts Saving Plan, similar to a 401K.

What Are the Challenges to Passing?

The Postal Service hiring process is very competitive, so preparing for the 473 Exam will give you the edge you need to pass the exam. You must receive a minimum score of 70 to pass. There are four parts to the test: Address Checking, Form Completion, Coding/Memory, and Personal Characteristics and Experience Inventory.


Postal Service FAQs

  1. What are the eligibility requirements?
    • 18 years old at the time of appointment or 16 years old with a high school diploma
    • U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens
    • Basic competency in speaking and reading English
    • Males born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System when they reach their 18th birthday
    • Driving record for jobs requiring driving
  2. Are the USPS Exam, Postal Office Exam, and the Postal Battery Exam the same test?
    • Yes. The Postal Exam has multiple names, but they are all the same test.
  3. Is the Battery 473 Exam the only USPS assessment test?
  4. What is a Passing Scores for the Postal Exam 473
    • Scoring in the range of 70-100 on your 473 Postal Exam is considered to be a good score.
    • Veterans and family members of veterans are sometimes granted between 5 - 10 extra points if they meet specific preference requirements.
  5. What happens if you pass the 473 Exam?
    • A passing score on the 473 Exam qualifies you to continue in the hiring process, but it does not guarantee you employment with the Postal Service. If you qualify, your name will be placed on an entrance register.

Watch and Learn about our Postal Exam PrepPack™

Our Postal Exam PrepPack™ includes practice tests and study guides to help prepare you for the exam. The study guides include solving methods and tips. For even more information about our PrepPack™, watch the video below. 


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What's Included

  • Six Address Checking practice drills
  • Two Form Completion practice drills
  • Five Coding practice drills
  • Five Memory practice drills
  • Personality test with a complete breakdown of the ideal clerical profile
  • USPS study guide – learn how to solve questions quickly and accurately
  • Secured payment
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