Introduction

The Coding Section is the simplest section on the exam and the section you should always have the highest score on. However, because it is superficially simple it is often disregarded during practice by applicants. This is a mistake. For one, everyone scores well on this section. Therefore, having a high score will not separate you, but having even a slightly lower score will hurt you. All applicants should have this section in the high 80s or low 90s after several practice sessions.

But even more importantly, the coding section is crucial to your performance on the memory section, by far the hardest section of the exam. That's because the route guide on the coding section is the same guide that appears on the memory section. Therefore, learning an efficient system to maximize your coding score in the minimum amount of time frees up more time to memorize the route list for the memory section. A solid performance on the Coding section can mean an even better performance on the Memory section.


Example Coding Guide

Address Range Delivery Route
  • 178 - 2075 Mitchell Ln.
  • 100 - 750 Turnbull Rd
  • 1600 - 9000 Kizzler St.
A
  • 775 - 2000 Turnbull Rd.
  • 4050 - 7050 Elmer Pkwy.
B
  • 21513 - 29524 Allan St.
  • 1000 - 7049 Elmer Pkwy.
  • 9500 - 15000 Kizzler St.
C
All mail that does not fall in one of the address ranges listed above. D

Chunk the routes

Keeping in mind that we will need to memorize this same coding guide for the memory section affects our strategy approaching coding. As noted in the Coding & Memory Basics guide, the Coding Route List is comprised of five addresses. Three of these addresses repeat in two routes, and two of the addresses do not repeat at all.

Addresses should be approached one at a time and prioritized based on groupings. In practice you should approach the route list address by address, taking one, answering the questions based on it, and then returning to the next set of questions.

This is by far the most efficient system. Focusing on one address at a time is easier to remember, and therefore will limit the amount of scrolling back up to look at the coding guide you will have to do. But more importantly it allows you to focus on each address one-at-a-time so you can begin to train your memory for the Memory section that comes next. To enhance your ability to memorize each address in the Coding section deploy the techniques in the Memory Strategy guide and the Memory Training section.

Prioritize & Example

Addresses that appear in two routes are prioritized over addresses that appear in one route. Why? Because it's twice as valuable to memorize that one address for the memory section.


Repitions

Unless you have mastered the memory section, never leave the coding section early. You should complete practice exams until you have at least 90-120 seconds left on the 6 minute section after answering all questions for the route list. After finishing answering the questions you should double back, checking for transcription errors and practicing your memorization of the route list for the memory section.