Easy Way to Pass Postal Exam 473 for USPS

By Gavin | August 10, 2018

I just got back from doing my exam the 473 for the Postal Service, I literally only studied for 20 minutes, I'm not good at tests and I scored an 83%, and I wanted to show you how I did it and what I did to prepare for it.

An hour before I had to leave to go there I just typed in US PS practice test, you click on that USPS practice tests, click on the first link USPSPostalExam.org/pracexams/PHP, click on that, it gives you the three sections of exams you're going to do. It's going to be your address checking, your form completion, and your coding and memory, those three parts make up the full exam, the full four seven three Postal Exam.

For address verification, it's going to give you on the actual test, it gives you 60 questions and you have to complete it I believe in six or seven minutes. Basically, they look exactly like this each questions going to be listed twice with address and all you have to do is see if there's a difference or not, doesn't matter if it's a common set of a period. For instance, this one here you have eighteen Union and eighteen onion, Adrian comma WV or Adrian comma WV, so basically I know for a fact that these are wrong because the spelling is wrong.

So what you would do over here is for A, you leave it if it's perfectly correct, B, if it's only the address, C, if it's only the zip code, or D if it's both. So then you also have to verify the zip code, two six two one zero six, seven two nine two six two, one zero six seven two nine, so I know that it's only the address that would be B, what I did to make this a lot faster, because you do have a limited amount of time. I finished it with about 30 seconds, remaining for this portion what I did was I just verified the zip code first, if the zip code matched perfectly, I move on to the address, and so on, and so forth. I found that the numbers were easier to focus on first and move on from there.

The next portion of the test, you need to do that portion pretty quick without making mistakes. Because if you go too slow you're going to miss a lot of answers. As I said, I feel like I went pretty fast and I only had 30 seconds left, so for the second portion, it's called the form completion. Basically, this is just looking at something and understanding it like this is called a pickup service, a statement for pickup service.

I don't know what this does for me, I've never worked with a postal service, but all you have to do is just answer the questions according to the label up top on the questions. I think this one was about 30 questions give or take, and they gave you 15 minutes, this one to give you the most amount of time. I think I had about three minutes left because I was just double-checking all my answers to make sure I read them thoroughly, that's something that you need to do.

Sometimes they'll say what is not going this box versus what does go in this box, so that might throw you off, it's pretty easy though. Like for let's see which of the options below is the correct entry for box 28, all I got to do is go to box 28, they're all numbered pickup date and time, so what you would do is would you put done? No. Would you put money amount? No. Would you put none? No, you'd put a date and time, it's pretty self-explanatory. I think this is the easiest part of the test as long as you can read directions thoroughly. In the third section on this form and you can practice this as much as you want on this practice test, as I said, I only did it for 20 minutes.

The last part is coding in memory, so we're going to start this section here. What it's going to give you is an address range, so basically like this number of addresses for Mitchell Lane all goes to the A route same thing with van crest from 854 to 1555, all go to the A route, and so on, and so forth. Basically, all you have to do is I think on this one they give you six minutes, and I believe it's 36 coatings, so give you 36 addresses and you have to tell the A B C or D of where it goes.

For instance, they'll give you 36 of these, they give you two eight five five one Allen Street, so what I did first was I looked at the name of the street, it's Allen, so that I see Allen is in C, so two eight five five one is in between two one five one three and it's in between two nine five two four, so I know that answer is C. That's pretty much self-explanatory, I think I had a minute left on this. You have six minutes to do 36 on the actual test, not too bad, as long as you can look and know what's in between what numbers, it's not too bad.

Sometimes they give you one that's not in the range, and those are going to be D. For instance, if it's address 5,000 van crest, I know it's not in between these two so, it's got to be D. The second part of the third part basically have to memorize this, they give you five minutes exactly to memorize this, and you have to do 36 address coatings without this chart without this guide. That's the hardest part to me. because I have a very bad short-term memory. so the only way that I could make this work for me is by using each address street name.

For instance, Mitchell, I know Mitchell's an A, and I know Mitchell's in C, it goes by numerical value, so for it's going to be a lower number, it's going to be 178 to 2075, when it's in C it's in 21, it's in 20,000 toughs it's in 2076. I know that it's after that A is the lower. Basically, if I had A for Mitchell that was under 2000, I automatically just put it as A, and if I had one that was higher than 2000, I automatically put it for C. Was I always correct? Absolutely not, but the majority of the time I was correct on that. I think this is the part that I obviously made my score get down to 83%. And then what I did was what Mitchell meant to me, I didn't really remember numbers, I just remembered Mitchell van crest and Alan.

So I might think of Mitchell as a person's name and Alan. I might think of Mitchell and Alan or hanging out, and they're hanging out at a restaurant name, band crust, and that's A. And then on the second one I might think of Elmer's glue in Abbott, I don't know what that even means to me, but I would combine those as B, so if I saw Elmer and I saw Abbott, I automatically assumed that that was B whether it was correct. Let's just say it was addressed, you know 40 Abbott Lane, 40 Abbott Lane isn't in B, so what you would need to do is you'd want to put it all male, it does not fall in this address range listed above. You'd want to put it in D, but my brain couldn't focus on four letters.

So if I saw Abbott I automatically put B, I think it's not perfect, but I think it did help me at least remember portions of this other than that, just like I said try to gather the three addresses an A, that makes sense to you in some sort of way. Mitchell and Allen are hanging out at van Crest restaurant and those numbers are all lower than Mitchell and Van crest on C, so if it was a higher number of Van crest or Allen I would pick C. If it was a lower number of Mitchell Van Crestor Allen I would pick A. It's not perfect but it did get me through the test. I passed with an 83% with literally 20 minutes of studying.