Postal Exam 473 / 473-C
This exam is also known as the Battery 473 and replaced the Battery 470 in 2004. It is given to potential letter carriers and postal processing jobs. A score of 70 is required to pass, and applicants are considered for hire based on their scoring. Historically, point bonuses of 5-10 points were awarded to applicants based on military veteran / disabled veteran status. The Postal Exam Battery 473 and 473-C exams are actually the same test; it is designated as the 473 when given for various positions, and as the 473-C when given exclusively for the Carrier position. The exam is broken down into the following categories:
Part A: Address Checking You will be given 60 addresses to compare in 11 minutes. You will be expected to determine if the addresses are identical, if the zip codes are different, or if the street/city addresses are different.
Part B: Forms Completion You will be shown various forms and expected to answer 30 questions on correctly completing the forms in 15 minutes.
Part C-1: Coding You will be shown a “coding guide” and expected to answer 36 questions in 6 minutes while looking at the guide.
Part C-2: Memory Based on the same “coding guide” used in part C-1, you will be expected to answer 36 questions in 7 minutes.
Part D: Personal Characteristics and Experience Inventory You will be asked 236 questions in 90 minutes on your personal characteristics, tendencies, or experiences related to performing effectively as a Postal Service Employee.
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