Postal Service Exam Guide
To work with the United States Postal Service, one must meet certain criteria and pass an exam. Administered by the United States Postal Service, the 473 Exam is the exam that all entry-level postal applicants must pass before they can begin working.
• Mail Processing Clerks
• Mail handler
• Sales, Distribution Associate, and Services
Recently, the Postal Service has developed a new entrance exam that is now taken on a computer at designated testing facilities instead of a long, handwritten exam. The new exam has been broken down into five major categories:
2. Forms Completion- Determines if you can complete forms with the correct information (30 questions in 15 minutes).
4. Memory- You must memorize the assigned codes for address ranges (36 questions in 7 minutes).
5. Inventory of Personal Experience and characteristics- Where you fill out information about your past experiences and your personality. (236 questions in 90 minutes).
Part five of the exam is now given online when you first apply for a position.
• Applicants must not have any felony convictions.
Scheduling for the exam differs regionally and is updated by the Regional Postmaster. Contact your local post office to find out more information about where your local exam is conducted, or call 1-478-757-3199 or TTY 1-800-800-8776. The exam is free of cost.